EDITORIAL SERVICES

May 4, 2016

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Proofreading

One of the most important rules of writing is to have someone else look over your work. It’s simply too easy to miss that typo, missing word, extra word, wrong word .  .  . well, you get the idea.

There are no badly edited books on bestseller lists.

How can I help?

For starters, I’ll help catch all those punctuation, grammar and spelling mistakes. As an added bonus, I can proofread your work in either British or American English. Just indicate your preference at time of contract.

As a writer myself, I bring years of experience to help make your work shine.

In case you’re wondering about my qualifications – and you should – I have been a professional proofreader since 2009. I’ve edited government documents, blogs, newspaper articles and manuscripts from several different genres.

If you’re still not convinced, send me a 1,000 word sample.

My rates are competitive at $0.003 a word. I charge a minimum fee of $40 on projects less than 10,000 words. I require a 50% deposit with the remainder due at time of completion. All transactions are through PayPal and in US dollars.

Depending on availability, my turnaround time is approximately 5-14 days.

Email me at annaalbo[at]mymts[dot]net and I’ll get back to you within twenty-four hours.

 

Light Copy Editing

I’ve added the option of a light copy edit service for those looking for that little something extra. In addition to all the benefits of proofreading, light copy editing includes:

  • correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • point out wordy and awkward sentences
  • ensure consistent use of capitalization, punctuation, hyphenation and use of numbers
  • note any awkward gaps in logic and confusing or ambiguous sentences
  • flag any story inconsistencies – a character’s name was Randy and now it’s Ricky
  • one pass of light copy edits
  • one pass of proofing

NEW –  if you’ve made some significant changes to sections of your book, I will proofread those sections for free. Up to 10,000 words.

The proofreading and light copy editing package is $0.005 per word. When booking, please indicate that you would like this package.

I require a 50% deposit with the remainder due at time of completion. All transactions are through PayPal and in US dollars.

Depending on availability, my turnaround time is approximately 5-14 days.

Email me at annaalbo[at]mymts[dot]net and I’ll get back to you within twenty-four hours.

 

Beta Reading

What is the role of a beta reader?

A beta reader will take your finished manuscript and help you make it better.

What am I going to do?

As your beta reader, I’m going to give you honest, specific feedback that will include the following:

  • Are you on the right track?
  • Does your story flow?
  • Does your plot go off course?
  • Are your scenes not as smooth as they could be?
  • Do scenes go by too slowly, or zoom by in a flash?
  • Plot holes? I’ll find them and point them out.
  • Is your dialogue forced or unbelievable?
  • Are your characters believable?

This is a sample of what I can do for you. I will give you notes at the end of each chapter detailing what I loved and what you need to work on.

Genres: While I’m open to reading any genre, my specialties are romance, women’s fiction, YA, suspense/thriller, urban fantasy, contemporary anything and erotica. I also enjoy historical fiction and steampunk. I am happy to beta read fantasy, science fiction and horror, but they aren’t something I normally read. Maybe that’s a good thing?

Beta reading is $0.001 per word. I charge a minimum fee of $15 on projects less than 10,000 words.  I require a 50% deposit with the remainder due at time of completion. All transactions are through PayPal and in US dollars.

Depending on availability, my turnaround time is approximately 5-14 days.

Email me at annaalbo[at]mymts[dot]net and I’ll get back to you within twenty-four hours.

 

Testimonials

It was such a pleasure to work with Anna on my most recent romance novel, EXES. She provided proofreading services for the earliest draft and helped me whip it into readable shape. She was fast, thorough, trust-worthy and professional, and I appreciate the fact that she helped me stay on top of my delivery deadline while also being flexible in her ability to read the final chapters at a future date. She caught so many little spelling and punctuation errors and inconsistencies that it’s impossible to imagine what I would have done without her. She is definitely a part of my “go-to” stable of proofreaders/copyeditors and I’m only sad that I have to share her with other authors!

–Aria Hawthorne, bestselling romance author of EXES, CLOSER and DEVOTION.

 

Anna did a last minute (one week time for a 150K word manuscript) proofread for the second in my series, which is on a preorder deadline, and she did a FABULOUS job. None of my other proofreaders were ever this thorough – and none of them were as aware of US / UK spellings as Anna. She really knows her grammar. The price was extremely generous, as well – though I’m sure she’s going to raise it soon.

–O. Rising, Author of Anathema: Escalation and Anathema: Transition

 

Working with Anna was simple, straight-forward, and extremely useful. Her level of professionalism and her talent for improving my work allowed me to promote and publish my stories with confidence. And her rates are extremely affordable. I highly recommend Anna, and will not hesitate to use her services again in the future.

–MH Questas, Author of Tintian and the King’s Claw

 

I’ve worked with Anna on my manuscript and found her comments to be thoughtful and insightful. Anna’s helped me to be a more complete writer and identified areas where I can improve. She comments with the utmost tact and catches the ‘little things’ that I so often miss while still being respectful of the story I want to tell. I recommend Anna’s expertise to any writer hoping to improve their craft with story development, editing, or polishing their manuscript to a shine.

—Tricia McKee, Author of Moonlight & Whiskey

 

Anna has an eye for detail. She points out inconsistencies, plot holes and gives nothing but honest feedback. Her support, assistance and encouragement helped me get my first publishing deal.

– Elizabeth K., Author of Historical Romance

 

Anna has a sharp eye for missed typos and catching all those hard-to-find errors. She also picks up on plot inconsistencies and when a scene should stay or go. Her ability to catch and point out problems with flow has been invaluable. I couldn’t dream of choosing anyone else to edit my work.

– Shelley I., Author of The Anatomy of Toni Handcock

 

Development, Content and Line Editing

At this time these are services I don’t offer, but if you’re looking for someone, I can provide the name of an excellent content and line editor.