Let the Editing Begin!

After months on BookRix.com and years of reading various essays, short stories, and novels by friends and family, I’ve decided that it’s time to step out into the editorial world of wonder.

Let me make this VERY clear: I am not a professional editor. I go based off my knowledge as a writer and as a grammar nazi. I CAN be wrong, and I DO NOT know everything. But, I am very good at what I do. That said, I am not an easy editor. I will do my best to be positive and encouraging, but I will not sugar coat anything. If it sucks, I’ll tell you. Nicely, of course. If something doesn’t make sense, I’ll point it out.

Think of it this way: if you had a piece of spinach in your teeth, would you want me to smile and nod while staring in disgust at your teeth or would you want me to let you know? I personally would want you to let me know. (A week ago I walked around a whole day with blueberry stuck in me teeth. The people around me obviously don’t care as much as I do. Hehe) That is how I edit. I want your story, whatever it may be, to be as good as it possibly can be. Better it go through me and be torn to shreds nicely than go to an agent or publisher or professional editor and be ripped to shreds, mocked, chewed on a bit, and thrown back in your face. Not a fun experience at all, jus’ sayin’.

I charge $2 for the first 200 pages. After that, it is $3 for the rest. Sound like a lot? It’s a lot of work. Think about it this way: I edit about 3-4 pages an hour, maybe more if you’re doing a really good job. That’s on average $7.50 an hour. Sound decent? Great. Now add in the 25% I take out for self-employment and federal taxes. That $7.50 is now $5.62 an hour. That’s below minimum wage. Add this to the equation: a professional editor or freelance editor with all the qualifications and bells and whistles costs on average $65 an hour ([link]). Most of us on here don’t have that kinda money…That’s 4-6 pages an hour, so a book of 250 words will be $2700. If you have a shorter book of only 100 pages, it’ll still cost roughly $1100 (and that’s at 6 pages an hour). So, let’s compare: my $550 vs. $2700 for a 250 pg book. Hmmmmm….. I wonder which you’ll chose.

I’ll read almost anything, given that you’re actually wanting to be published. If you’re just wanting something clean up for here, I may consider it, but please don’t be offended if I don’t. Life is busy for all of us and I’ll be juggling another small business, school, and my family as well as this. (Don’t let that deter you from sending me something, though. I promise I don’t bite.)

All that said, bring on the books!


About S. G. Ricketts

I am a dreamer. This page holds all of the dreams and desires and hopes and wishes of the first of my two dreams: to share my imagination with the world. For those of you who have read a book or written a book, these stories are not merely words on a page. They are living, breathing creatures, worlds so compellingly real that you can smell the sweat and feel the rain. This is what I want to share ...with all of you. Yes, becoming rich and famous would be fabulous. I won't deny that. However, it would be so much more satisfying to see my book in the hands of someone on the bus, hear my book talked about at a restaurant, see a cluster of fan-art. I want to inspire the mind to imagine different worlds and different situations. If I can achieve that, I will have achieved my dream.

Posted on September 17, 2011, in Book Reviews, Musing, tips and tests, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks, this looks like it could be useful.


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