I have been editing as a hobby for about three years. Recently, some of the writers with whom I work have insisted on paying me because I found errors in grammar and plot that their other editors had missed. All of these books had been reviewed by at least one editor, and some by as many as nine.
Although my degree is in marketing, I spent my professional career as a project manager for the telephone company. When my niece decided to publish one of her many works of fiction on Amazon, she asked me to edit it for her. To check out what her competition was, I started reading other romance novels on Amazon, and was continually irritated by the numerous grammatical errors. So I started marking them as I read, and emailed authors offering to provide them with my comments. Those who took me up on my offer have become friends and clients.
Here are a few of their comments:
Rose Lipscomb is a pleasure to work with. She provided efficient and thorough edits including pointing out content issues such as plot holes, dropped threads, and inconsistent concepts. We worked through multiple rounds of edits and discussed issues as needed. I would gladly work with her in the future and plan to use her editing services again in the future.
Ms Rose Lipscomb edited my recent entry into the Heart of Denver Romance Writer's Molly contest [An international competition]. Because of her help my entry, Oubliette, won two awards–the 2013 First Place Winner for Historical Romance and the 2013 Heart of the Molly award [The overall award]. She gives professional advice that is honest and insightful, yet encouraging. Ms Lipscomb will be my go-to gal for all my future editing needs! I highly recommend her.
Wow! I can't thank you enough for what you've done. I had no idea there were so many errors in the collection. My final proofreader, is blown away also, and after looking at your list, spent a long time saying things like, "I can't believe I missed that!" and "I'm so embarrassed!" We're both thrilled with what you've so kindly done.
You are amazing!!! Thank you SO much. I'll tackle these in the next week or so and make the changes so I can upload a new, shiny version. I feel like I hit the jackpot with you, I can't thank you enough and am genuinely touched that you went through all this effort just for me.
Wow, I'm impressed. You caught a lot of errors. You're very through with your work. Thank you so much for editing/proofreading my book. I really appreciate your help. I'd like you to edit the rest of the Pleasure Extraordinaire series. [This was another post-publication review. This writer always has three editors for every book.
I just made the last of the corrections. Oh my word. You are awesome and I feel completely embarrassed about some of the things you caught. I swear, I did edit it before I sent it to you. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! I personally requested you read my book. It was one of my conditions to publishing through [this publisher]. You catch things that other editors missed.
My rate is $.003 per word. If you wish additional reviews of revisions to the same book, it is $.002 per word. So far, my experience has been in romance novels, but I am available for all types of books except technical documents.
I am a member of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors and of the American Copy Editors Society. All work is guaranteed.
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