Writer/Editor Connections

I was thinking...


Some people have expressed the opinion that their work (or someone else's) could do with some help from a kindly editor.


So... maybe people who are looking for editors, and people willing to BE editors, could post in here to say what they're needing to have done, or willing to do.


eg


EDITOR - max 500 words/wk, grammar and spelling only


or


SEEKING - structural editor, approx 1000 words/day (could share between a few people?)


Whatcha think, ppl? Workable?


Sounds like a great idea to me because I'm someone in need of an editor. I just wonder if anyone will have the time to help out in this way?


Personally I've looked into paying someone to edit my story for me but so far the professional services I have seen/heard about have been far too expensive.


I've attempted several edits myself since Chris P's review, currently I am in the middle of yet another one (up to part 26). The problem is I'm not sure if I am editing correctly. I've checked spellings, amended dialogue (put a comma at the end instead of a full stop) and cut the purple. I'm not sure what else I need to do and feel as though I am running around like a headless chicken!


In his review Chris said "Parts 12 through 19 spend a good deal of time explaining things, and are easily the weakest part of the story." I thought about rewriting these chapters completely but the feedback I received from readers was to leave well alone.


At the moment my writing is coming to a slow stop because I'm thinking too much about editing! Is there anyone who can help me get back on track?


Yes. Stop editing. ;-)


*cackles hysterically*


Thanks :D


Editing can be a REALLY hard job. I'm not sure how many people we'd get willing to practically rewrite stories .... but there are probably a few who're willing to offer some simple pointers on what they think will work better.


Take it slow and steady when doing your own edits, I think. I usually wait a couple of months (at least) before I go back to a story and edit it. I read it, then I think - "what am I trying to get across, here? did I achieve it cleanly? can I make it clearer and snappier without losing anything?"


I don't have much time free, but I'm willing to help out if I can - is there anything that's particularly bothering you? Like, one particular segment?


To be honest nomesque - No LOL


That's the problem. I keep wondering if I am one of THOSE singers auditioning for the X Factor/American Idol - you know the ones I mean - someone like Simon Cowell needs to say NO!!!!


I need an editor for thirteen chapters soon. I'm ending my first story arc and could probably use some hefty editing while I'm working on the next story arc too. I could edit others work, but probably starting in April sometime.


Miladysa - LOL... that IS a problem, isn't it? I reckon you should follow Chris's advice then!


I'm looking to hire one, actually.


Hmm, I've done editing work in the past, with a few paid credits in the field. Maybe I could start hiring myself out around here. Consistent high standards, and I could certainly undercut the industry norm of $10+ per 1000 words just for proofreading . . .


Ironically, I've been getting back into professional editing with a new job I was offered a few weeks ago, so I couldn't be in a better position to do it than I am right now.


Regards,

Ryan


Well, in my case I try to avoid having anyone else to do the editing because the editor might misundertsand the concept of my novel so it better if I check it myself. What I do is draft it first, check for rough mistakes and do some final edits before I posting up a chapter.


I'd like to enter this fray by adding my two cents. I have hired an editor, Annetta Ribken, to look over the first part of TLOTV (Ch 1-30), and it has been, I believe, well worth it. It has not only helped with the chapters I have already written, but also with chapters I have written since. I am learning from her and my mistakes.


Anyone who would like to judge for themselves and has followed TLOTV can see the difference there. Chapters I have already edited have an E after the chapter number. If anyone would like to see how she edited one of my chapters I can email you with a copy showing how the comments look.


I cannot impress upon you the value of a second, preferably expert, pair of eyes looking through your work. Your writing will get better.


Here are the drawbacks:

1) Re-writing the chapters to meet the edits takes an awful lot of time. I have stopped writing TLOTV after the first part, and expect not to write any new chapters for a month while I tackle the changes.

2) You have to have tough skin and be willing to make the changes.

3) One edit does not lead to a final work. It will probably need to be re-edited a number of times before you have a finished product.


Anyone interested in using my editor can contact her at:

http://wordwebbing.com/ , and she can be followed on Twitter as @Netta50


ApocaChris


i've joined a number of different crit sites and posted selected scenes for review. the crits range from general 'ooo, i like it' and unhelpful 'you should scrap this and start again' to the nit-picky 'insert comma here', 'lose the voice ticks' and 'stop changing the flaming POV'... i take what i agree with, toss those bits i don't and pat my empty, yet intact, pocketful of change.


of course nothing comes for free and you need to also spend some time reviewing others' works, but between the bunch of faceless heads scrutinising my work, at least half the job of a formal editor is done. i may still hire someone once the book is complete, but for now i am satisfied.


and the best part is that i swear my writing is eventually improving :D


and miladysa: please DON'T stop writing forward...


I spoke to my editor, and if anyone wants help, she is willing to edit one chapter for free for anyone in WFG. If you like the help, I am sure she can accommodate her rates.

She can be reached at the contact info in my previous post.


I used to edit professionally (I define this as: I edited a magazine and was paid for it) for a couple of years. I quite enjoy it.I mostly notice when dialogue works or doesn't, when the story works here and there, how to improve or eliminate things, etc. I never notice where there's a comma missing or not, and feel lousy that I'm not that sort of editor.


That said, I completely fail to do any editing for anyone these days thanks to Severe Onset Toddler, which eats most of my time. :) Which is a shame, 'cuz I would totally volunteer for it.


(so really, this whole message is just to say "What a fine thread and a good idea")


I think I might be willing to help out a little -- as time permits. Anyone wanting a heavy critique of their first chapter for free can email me: [email protected]


If it works out, we'll see what else I can do.


I'm available, btw, for very light editing - picking up simple grammar and spelling mistakes. One chapter at a time. :-)


If it's mission-critical type stuff, DON'T give it to me. My health varies unpredictably, so I can't promise to meet deadlines.


Always looking for a good editor. However, what I need first is a good reader to tell me what works and what doesn't, without going into extreme detail. Just like troubleshooting a piece of electronics or an engine, you gotta treat the symptom first in order to find the cause. The four-chapter review I received on Tiger and Fox (www.saudu.net) was enough to point out some glaring errors, but tells me nothing about the story itself.


Anyone care to give it a go?


I took on Annetta Ribken at WordWebbing.net, apocalypsenovel's editor, and so far am very happy. We're revising book one pretty heavily; until at least three of the books are out (maybe more), the revised edition will be available only for purchase.


In case anyone still needs an editor that they CAN afford, I am one!


I am a freelance copy editor/proofreader with a background in successfully published freelance writing. My rates are only $1 per page, no matter the length of the project. Also, I only require 20% down with no minimum fee, and I will accept monthly installments for the balance.


You can check me out at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/autumn/conley


I am eager to take on new clients, and I want to see what you've written! Contact me at [email protected] if you need my help!