Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Launch of my book editing and proofreading service


Added on 23rd Feb:
I've just introduced a little jumping frog called Eddit onto my editing site... see
http://sheilaglasbeybookediting.weebly.com/the-fun-page---eddit-the-frog.html


Hi there!

Some of you may know me in another life as Sheila Glasbey, who is sort of the same person as Rosalie Warren and sort of different. We share a number of relatives and friends and a love of chocolate, books, sea-swimming and gigantic cups of tea. She writes... I pick her up on plot inconsistencies, spelling mistakes, typos, bad grammar, etc - and I sometimes make her cross. Mostly, though, we get on... which is probably just as well.

Anyway, as Sheila, I have just launched a service to help authors edit and proofread their books. The kind of thing you might need before you publish your eBook on Amazon Kindle, on Smashwords, etc, etc. Or perhaps a final check, once you're sure your story is working well, before you send your precious work to an agent or a publisher. Because no one, after all, wants to spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar, as my nan used to say.

You can see my brand new editing and proofreading website at

http://sheilaglasbeybookediting.weebly.com

There's also a link to it from the right hand column of the blog you're currently reading... if you see what I mean.

I'm happy to edit right across the range, from children's picture books (the words, not the pictures!), through short stories and novels for all ages, to non fiction and technical work. I've had a fair bit of experience in all these fields. I'm qualified to PhD level as a scientist and have spent many years correcting technical reports, journal articles and dissertations - both my own and those of students, colleagues and so on. So if your work is a treatise on relativity or solar energy: don't worry, I might well be impressed, but I won't be fazed.

And you cosmologists out there - I love cosmology. And neuroscience. And philosophy...

I've also edited many stories, novels and so on, for children and adults.

I'm happy to work either with a printed version or online, whichever you prefer.

My prices are reasonable, and will remain so, but now is a good time to approach me. Once I have my proofreading qualification from the Publishing Training Centre, my prices may go up a little. But my aim will always be to provide a friendly, flexible, professional and speedy service that does not charge over the odds.

If you think we might be able to work together to get your work on top form, contact me in the comments below. (Rosalie will pass them on to me :-) ). Or contact me through the website at:

http://sheilaglasbeybookediting.weebly.com

(There's an easy-to-use contact form.)

And yes, I do know the difference beyween hyphens and en-dashes! An awful lot of authors don't, and getting them right can make all the difference to how professional your manuscript looks in electronic format or in print.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Sheila Glasbey
aka Ros Warren

25 comments:

Baggy said...

I think it's a fab idea.

I've only read a couple of self-published books and they both contained errors. One had an error on almost every page.

It was a good story but the author would never be taken seriously if that was the standard of their work.

The other book was a collection of short stories. Even the ones that had appeared in magazines contained errors. Perhaps they were corrected prior to submission without the author noticing?

For anyone thinking of the bigger picture - of self-publishing being a possible route to more traditional publishing - I'd say get your work proofed.

Rosalie Warren said...

Thanks, Baggy.

I agree - lots of self-publishing authors shoot themselves in the foot by not getting their work properly edited and proofed. It's very off-putting to the reader and it gets in the way of independent authors being taken seriously by the world at large.

Ann Evans said...

Wishing you every success with this venture Sheila. Your work on the Coventry Tales and Christmas Tales anthologies for the Coventry Writers Group was meticulous. Good Luck. x

Rosalie Warren said...

Thanks, Ann. That's really kind.

Editing an anthology is interesting work because of liaising with the various authors. I really enjoyed working on those two books.

Patsy said...

Good luck with this.

I don't think anyone can hope to spot all their own mistakes - we all need someone to help with that.

Rosalie Warren said...

Thanks, Patsy.

You're right - even trained proofreaders find it very difficult to proofread their own work. It's so easy to see what you expect to see!

joanne fox said...

Good luck with your new venture!

Rosalie Warren said...

Thanks, Joanne.

I've now introduced a little jumping frog called Eddit onto the site, just for fun...

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