Here we are again months later and I'm finally posting an update. The Raw Editing Calendar has been FULL and we have been busy, busy. Lots of new clients and projects that have filled our days.
With the holidays approaching, I wanted to say thank you to all who have sent inquiries or signed on as new clients in 2018. This has been a great year and I cannot wait to see what my authors bring me in 2019! This year has been a wealth of new paranormal stories with all manner of supernatural beings. And plenty of erotic romance, as well.
This year also saw a change in our proofreading prices and that opened our staff up to new ventures with new to us names. Need some proofing done? Give us a shout and we'll get you on the schedule.
I'm looking forward to more excitement and new stories in 2019 and who knows? I just might publish a little something of my own.
Happy holidays, friends!
Thanks for your support!

Long time, No post

When I got this site up and running, I knew I would be terrible at remembering to update it and add posts. I had lofty goals and thoughts of reviews, grammar tips and posts about the writing and publishing world in general.

Obviously, those goals were shot when I left the site hanging for months and months. I'm a bit better at updating my Facebook page, but not by much.

The truth is I don't want to update a website constantly. I like to read books, talk books, edit books and be with my people. If it's outside of that, I tend to slack and put things off.  

We've recently updated our proofreading prices. These prices make it a great deal if you want to clean up a back catalog, or if you're not super thrilled with the lack of polish another editor provided.
The new prices are by length and the turnaround for a proofread is still less than 4 days.

Rather than charge by the page like our other services, proofreading will be charged based on word count as follows:
Up to 50K words= $35
51K-75K= $50
75K-100K= $75
101K-125K= $100

That's all for now. I'll try (don't hold your breath) to update more often. 

I caved!

I now have a business page on Facebook. I tried to resist having another thing to admin, but Facebook made a page for me and kept pestering me to update it. In an effort to be more social and hopefully fill some holes in my editing schedule, I did it. I have a Facebook page. Now I'll just have to remember to post on it often.
Come see me there and tell your friends!
Watch for a special deal on proofreading back catalog books!

Will Edit for Food

After a light summer workload, I am ready to be busy again! The kids are back in school and my days are free to work. And I want to work! I love helping authors perfect a story. Errors literally make me twitch when I come across them while reading or just out in the world and I get a sick thrill out of eliminating mistakes. Sort of like an exterminator for bad grammar.
The roster of authors I work with has changed some in recent months and I find myself with openings where I am normally up to my eyeballs in books to edit. I have some big changes pending in my personal life and keeping busy in my work life would be a relief.
Current clients get discounts on their next project when they refer someone who signs a contract with me. And I don't mind one-offs. Your editor is overbooked or sick? Hit me up and let's discuss getting your project done and published!
Have an already published work that needs a spit-shine and polish (aka proofreading)? I offer special rates for already published books that need a little love.
I work quickly and I am open to odd requests. Just send an email to rawbookediting@gmail.com
Let's fill my calendar and put some more books out into the world!

I wrote a book, now what?

Getting an idea from head to paper/screen is the biggest hurdle in the writing game. If you've done that, then you're well on your way to having a book to show for it. Well done, you. Just remember, a first draft is NOT what should be sent to an editor. That would be a waste of time and money. The web is full of grammar and editing help sites.  Find a process that works for you and get that draft cleaned up until it represents the best of your abilities. Use beta readers, critique partners, whoever can remain neutral and honest with you about what they're reading. Make that manuscript shine.
To assist my clients with the self-editing process, I provide a checklist with some general advice and also custom items on the list that pertain to an author's specific quirks and habits. And I have seen an improvement in quality from authors who use the checklists. Do what works for you, but find ways to improve your craft. Ernest Hemingway said, "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." As apprentices, we should constantly be learning and growing in our skills.

Once that manuscript is all shiny and you have an editor and contract in place, sit back and be open to changes and corrections. At the same time, don't beat yourself up over an editor's comments. Remember, an editor makes suggested changes. It's up to you -the author- to agree and make changes accordingly. Ultimately, it's your work. That's why it is so important to find an editor whose style meshes with yours. A good editor wants to improve the quality of a piece of writing and help build a writer up, not tear a writer to bits and trash their work.
I choose to work with authors in the genres I enjoy reading. This makes my work enjoyable while also giving me an insight into the market. This allows me to have better advice and points of reference to support my suggestions. So, again, choose an editor that believes in you and what you're trying to produce.

Once you have a work ready to publish, you'll need a cover and formatting for the method/platforms in which you choose to publish. Think of this as the packaging. Don't skimp. Covers can sometimes make or break a book's success. And formatting is not just for the technical part of "making" a book. It's also about how pretty or original you decide to make your chapter headings and the extra bits.
As for the next part of "how to make a book", I'm not gonna go there. I'm not an expert by any means. I like to read and revise books. Selling them is out of my league. I imagine the same kind advice applies, though. Do your research, remember it's your work, and keep on learning.

Woohoo, the site is live!

A new site is here thanks to Parajunkee over at Parajunkee Design for all her hard work. She knows I am not the most tech-savvy, but that I do appreciate pretty things. And isn't the site pretty? Raw Book Editing was originally a hobby on the back of my old review blog, Raw Books, but when editing far surpassed the amount of time I had to devote to editing AND reviewing, Raw Books fell to the wayside. I give major props to book bloggers. It is a lot of time, money, and effort to keep one running successfully.
This site is primarily for my editing business, but you will see some reviews and thoughts on what I've been reading along the way. I also hope to post weekly writing tips based on what I see my clients need refreshers on in their work. I am a firm believer in continuing education. I don't care what field a person is in; everyone has room for improvement. I tell my children often, "If you're not growing, you're dying." And that applies to writers, especially. If you are not constantly seeking ways to improve your craft and grow your abilities, then why write? I love the written word. I love following an author and seeing their work grow and mature. It's always fun to go back and read an old release from an author and see how far they've come in their writing journey. As an editor, I take perverse pleasure in correcting and helping writers. I want my authors to be proud of what we produce together. I only work with those I believe in, so seeing them succeed gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride.