Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo Special!

As a writer, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a great opportunity to finish a work in progress (WIP) or start a new manuscript. I have "won" NaNoWriMo five years in a row - since 2012 - and will be participating in the novel writing fun again this year as well. 

So, what is NaNoWriMo? It's an opportunity to prove you can write 50,000 words of a novel in November's 30 days. It doesn't have to be a final draft, but for many authors NaNoWriMo is the kick in the pants they need to get going on a project. NaNoWriMo is also an incredible organization, which supports literacy and young writers as well. 

As a Developmental Editor, I am offering a great special for all of you NaNoWriMo writers out there: $2.50 per page for a Fiction/Non-Fiction Developmental Edit. My standard rate is $5 per page, so you're saving 50% off my already-discounted prices! (The recommended price-per-page for a Developmental Edit is $7+). 

If you aren't connecting with an agent or you're having trouble figuring out what the "story" is in your manuscript, a Developmental Edit can help. Sometimes, a professional edit gives you the right key to open the door in the publishing industry. I love what I do, I do it well, and I have three spots open in my editing calendar for this month. 

But why me, right? Well, I am an assistant for a west coast literary agent, who I have been working with for almost two years. I started as an intern, and have moved up to a new rung on the publishing industry ladder. I have worked with several authors, both published and unpublished; and I have been mentored by several published authors as well. I am a writer, too, so I understand the journey you're traveling. I only want to make it easier to get to your next stop. 

I have studied English, Latin, and Theater. I have a passion for words and grammar. I do offer Copyediting services, but this is separate from a Developmental Edit. If you decide to hire me to edit your work, here is what you will get: 
  1. A thorough reading of your project. I read your work several times. 
  2. A meticulous critique. I review your character development, setting, timeline, plot, and identify all areas which work or don't work for your story. 
  3. Suggestions. I provide suggestions for any problems I identify or foresee with your work. What's the point of a critique if I don't give you a light to find your way?
  4. Fast turn-around. I do all of this in 3-4 weeks, or an agreed upon deadline. I want to get this back to you and help you get to work. I understand writers have to strike while the iron is hot, and I want to help you get your work out in the world. 
  5. A follow-up reading. Most editors will look at your work and critique it, but usually any additional read-through will cost more money beyond the initial payment. All of my Developmental Edits include a follow-reading once you have made your revisions. This way, I ensure I didn't miss any additional opportunities to help. 
  6. A second review. That's right - two for the price of one! When I receive your revision, I will then repeat steps 1-4 one last time. This way, I am able to give you as many tools to help you along your way. After two readings, a fresh perspective is needed.

So, it's a good deal, right? Right! I'll be running the special all month, so if you are interested, feel free to contact me via email or Facebook messenger. Also, please follow my NaNoWriMo journey.

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