Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Manuscript Critiquing Service: The First Five Pages

Over the years, I've edited a number of books that have suffered from choices the author has made regarding style, voice, time, place, or person. Sometimes, the book starts in the wrong place, and the result is too much backstory. There may be a misunderstanding of point of view, a tendency to head-hop, or failure to manage multiple points of view without losing the focus of the narrative.

Often, these books come to me for editing when they are over 100,000 words in length, and some have been as high as 300,000!

For most authors, it's not a problem; they are prepared to go away and redraft, but for others, it feels like there is too much work involved, and so they publish what they've got, or worse, give up and move on with the next project.

Something I've learnt from my own writing is that it's far better to catch these issues early on, and many of my clients appear to share that feeling.

As a result, I'm now accepting works in the early stages of development, or works that the author has completed a draft of and plans to self-edit, but wants some pointers as to where to start.

The Manuscript Critiquing Service I am offering is currently only for the first five pages.

For a flat rate of $40, payable through Paypal, I will provide you with a report on issues of content and copy. The report will be at least 500 words long, and there will also be numerous comments and corrections on the manuscript using the "track changes" facility. I aim to get the report back to you within one week.

Submission requirements:

Please email your first five pages as an attachment to derekprior@yahoo.co.uk in the following format:

1. Word or Pages document

2. Times New Roman 12pt font

3. Double line spacing

4. Text left-aligned

5. Standard margin width

Once I receive your submission, I'll send you an invoice for $40 via Paypal. As soon as the invoice is paid, I will commence work.

Should you decide to request a full edit (any of the services listed in the side bar), I will deduct the cost of the critique from that service.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

2016 Editing Commissions and Client New Releases

It's been a hectic start to 2016. Already in the bag:

Literary (content and copy) edit of The Far Side of Creation (Vanx Malic 7) by M.R. Mathias, and The House by P.M. Prior.

Currently working on a content and copy edit of The Engine Woman's Light by Laurel Anne Hill.

Here's the cover and blurb for The House, which was released today:

It was meant to be a place of safety. Their home. Her sanctuary. 

When Prue Bridgewater first glimpses the abandoned old house, it's love at first sight. Her husband Ray is not so sure. 

The property has been neglected for decades, and Ray can’t help wondering why. But with Prue on the brink of a nervous breakdown, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her sane, even if it means he has to live there. 

Once ensconced in their new home, Prue begins fixing up the place while Ray is away at work. And then a series of disturbing discoveries makes her fear she's losing her mind. 

She hears things and sees people who couldn’t possibly be there, and she can’t shake the feeling she’s being watched. 

As Prue’s hold on reality begins to disintegrate, along with her marriage, she struggles to tell truth from delusion. But things go from bad to worse, and soon not just her sanity, but her survival hinges upon the long-buried secrets of THE HOUSE.