I am stumped, not by writers block, but when it comes to editing. OK I have a great imagination but I actually hated english in school, nouns,pronouns, etc. and though I have written two books, one in print and both in e-book, and I am currently working on the second book in my trilogy. I need help! not in my spelling but in punctuation. who do you trust? how much to pay? looking for good advice, keep your sarcasym. we all aspire according to our gifts. So don't tell me to go back to school or find another hobby. thanks 

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You may try here:

http://www.miadarien.com/services-2/

I find it very convenient!
Best luck!
c. s.

Thanks for this link, I just contacted her.

Thanks so much for the information, I checked her out and wow! great prices.  thanks Carmen

Sorry for hijacking but I'm curious as to the ballpark figure for such a service.  Is it based on the amount of pages/words?

Thanks!

Depends who you go with. It might typically be a dollar a page, but customized if the editor thinks it's going to take a lot of editing.

I thought I was really good with grammar until I was told (in very strong language) that I wasn't.  I found an affordable proofreader on-line and have been using her since.  Now, there are times when I don't agree with some of her corrections, and we have heated discussions about capitalization and punctuation, but overall, it's a real help.  She catches things that I've missed, and I sometimes catch other things as I go over the corrections. 

Irina

www.irinashapiro.com

At the very least, we all need extra eyes on our own work, no matter how good we might be at editing. We're too close to our own writing to catch errors.

 

I've done editing myself for other writers. Usually good editors will be reasonable with rates, and can do a sample chapter to give the writer a sense of whether or not going ahead with the work will do the trick.

As a former freelance fiction editor, I suggest you contact some editors and ask them to do a free edit of the first few pages of your book. That way you can see what kind of work they do. Their prices may vary.

I specifically asked for the first 5 pages to edit so I could see how much editing was involved. A writer who only needed a polish paid much less than a writer who's command of the written language was not good paid more because the editing took so much longer. Be sure to ask for references.

That was my way of doing things. Others may operate differently.

Good advice.

 

That's a really good idea!

Remember, editors can do more than just grammar and usage.  They can spot things about your story that you might miss because you are so close to it.  Look for one who can give feedback about general readability, plotting, characterization and flow.  $1 a page is what I used to charge back when I did freelance editing.

I see people advertising for editing services often as this is a big university town, and they tend to charge per 1000 words.  Most I've seen are £5-6 /1000 words ($8 or $9?).  These would be non-professionals, probably graduate students making a bit of money on the side though I expect!  I think that's pretty affordable!  If that's a cheaper alternative, it might be a good idea for some :)

Cory from coryographies.blogspot.com

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