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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer aspiring to publication, in possession of a completed manuscript, must be in want of an editor. By which I mean, of course, a proofreader with greater knowledge of the Elements of Style than I could hope to possess in my muddled, creative head. And also one that specializes in fiction, complete with knowledge of where the punctuation goes inside dialogue quotes and all the attendant fiction-writing...stuff. And just in case it needs mentioning, it should be someone with publication-quality knowledge of these matters.

It would also be great if they knew a little something about Lab Lit and/or Lesbian fiction, although since I am not looking for a critique, just a professional once-over of my spelling, grammar, and punctuation, that's not pivotal.

All year, my new story has been competing, time-wise, against the intensive editing of my old novel, Dis/inhibition, and now I am finally spiffing up the last two chapters. There's some work to be done on making the sure the timeline references are consistent, and a few other odds and ends, but for the most part, it's time to go editor/proofreader shopping.

I am not sure where to start in my research for said proofreader. There are so many books and publications out there claiming to have the perfect advice for how to find such a person, it makes it hard to use them to ferret through all the persons claiming to be the perfect person for the job.


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Sep. 11th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
tell you what I'll ask my friend if she knows anyone. She's an editor for two gay/lesbian erotica epublishers. she might know someone who would be interested in taking something like that on. (Is assuming it's probably not fititng into the erotica mold)
Sep. 11th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Definitely not erotica. It's heavy-on relationship stuff, with a few short paragraph-length descriptions of sexual interactions.

The main issue for a proofreader is, it's just LONG.
Sep. 11th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
usually she pops up on my IM at night. I'll ask
Sep. 11th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I've only professionally edited two things, but I'd love the opportunity. I'd happily defer billing until after publication (or at all if you were not completely satisfied), and I can provide something resembling references. I'd be happy to prove myself and test our compatibility in such a relationship at no charge, if you're interested in sending me a chapter of something. I also expect you to pass on this offer, so don't feel guilty if you do. I know lots of people aren't keen on crossing the streams, but I have to at least try for editing jobs that pass directly under my nose, or else admit that payroll accounting really is my life.

(If you want proof that I can write without directly asking me to prove it, I'm half way through editing my best Buffyverse fic yet, so that'll be up at femslash_minis in a few days at most, or you could always read a bit of Kite String, although it's just a retelling of season seven and therefore lacks any evidence of plotting skills. Or you could give my best Roswell fic a try: Inside Job. Unfortunately most of my recent writing is Stargate SG-1 fanfiction, which I know you don't read.)

ETA: Brilliant, in a sales pitch of my editing skills, I typo my own url. *headdesk*

Edited at 2010-09-11 02:50 pm (UTC)
Sep. 11th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
I am thinking that a neutral party (as in, not a friend) would be the best choice for this. But thanks for offering!
Sep. 11th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yep, crossing the streams. But I had to try. *insert whinging-about-accounting here*
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm going to take the opportunity to plug the Editorial Freelancers Association (full disclosure: I'm a board member). We have an online directory of members, which you can search for an editor/proofreader w/the kind of experience you're looking for (hmm, I just noticed it uses the British sp. of "special[i]ty"! I'd better tell our web guru). You can also post on our JobList; it's free to list your job. I've never looked into the process, but there are links to guidelines, common rates, & the submission form.
Sep. 12th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I was hoping you might have some contacts that I could plug into.
Sep. 12th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
You're welcome--I hope you find somebody good! Most of the editors I know personally are nonfiction editors, so the directory & list are the best recommendations I can make.
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
btw how long is the story now
Sep. 12th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
180,000 words, approx. I am going to go jump off a cliff now.
Sep. 12th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
okay will look into it
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