Editing Services

calvin-hobbes-loopholeUnlike Calvin, in the cartoon, we live in a world where we are expected to all use the same conventional forms of English (when that’s the language you are using, of course). This is no problem for some of you and a constant nightmare for others.

I believe I was born with an editing gene. I can easily spot errors in Capitalization, Usage, Punctuation, and Spelling (CUPS). Since I’ve begun publishing my own books, other authors ask me to edit their books for them. To them, I am the Nit Queen–capable of finding every nit-picky error in the text.

Why pay me to edit your writing?

Self-publishing is becoming more and more popular, but the detraction of these books for me is the lack of professional editing. I’ve read self-published books with so many grammar errors I can’t finish it, with so many misused homophones (past,passed) I can’t follow the meaning, and with major errors in the story itself (I once read a book where the name of the main character changed with no reason in the middle of the book). When I encounter multiple errors in books, I stop reading that author’s work and never recommend it to others. In fact, I tell other people how badly edited the book is. Editing is the most important polishing step, and I am here to help you with that. I have

What will I do as an editor?

There are many levels of assistance. BASIC level of service includes CUPS, as specified above. FULL service includes Basic in addition to an in-depth discussion of plot, character development, and point of view. I will give you my honest opinion if something is working or not. All of my suggestions are exactly that–suggestions. Remember that this is your work and you have the final decision on what is included. My suggestions will be done in the margin using MS Word’s tracking feature. None of your words will be changed by me.

How much does this cost?

BASIC service starts at $.01 a word. FULL service starts at $.o2 a word. Additional charges apply if you want the order rushed, and discounts may apply for longer works. I reserve the right to refuse any service based on length or lack of interest in the subject matter. Turnaround time depends on my workload at the time and will be included in my quote. Quotes are valid for ten days.

What type of writing will I edit?

For the past five years I have successfully reviewed/edited novels online at TheNextBigWriter.com. My focus is on novel manuscripts, although I will consider nonfiction. Student term papers may also be submitted–I have 20 years experience editing (and grading) those! I’m also familiar with the Common Core Standards.

Testimonials:

“I wouldn’t publish my books without Linda giving them the once over.  She’s excellent at finding even the smallest of grammar/plot issues.  The best part about using Linda Ulleseit for line editing is that she stays in MY head when making suggestions and corrections. I like that she can slide right in and keep the same tone and style that is me.”  ~Susan Stec, author of The Grateful Undead series, Purgatory series, Dead Girls, The Other F Word, and the Dark and Deadly series.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Linda multiple times over the last five years. Not only is she an amazing line editor, but she also provides unique and thoughtful insights into characters, plot, and voice. I honestly don’t know where I would be without her expertise! I never hesitate to work with her and gladly accept the feedback she provides.” ~Angela Fristoe, author of Songbird, Touched Trilogy

How can you contact me?

If you are interested in a quote, email me at least three pages of your novel. I will look it over to see how much work your job may be and how long it will take. My response will be sent within 24 hours with a fee and turnaround time.

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