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Why are you interested in this Net Minds Select project? I would be a good fit for this project because the authors are looking for a collaborative editor, which I am, to help sharpen and streamline their writing, which I can do. I've also got a lot of experience working with bloggers and authors, especially in the areas of sexuality and relationships. (I've edited all of Clarisse Thorn's books, and I have worked with a variety of journalists and bloggers who focus on everything from BDSM in relationships to healthy eating.) I'm also personally interested in family psychology and dynamics and especially in mitigating the potential harm that can come from dysfunction in the home, so I would love to help the authors get their message out and help some people along the way. 2. What is your level of expertise for your editing services? If you provide multiple editorial services, classify your expertise for each. I’ve been editing and consulting since 2004. I started my editing career in an academic writing center, but I had the opportunity to work with creative writing and nonfiction towards the end of my work there. I started my freelance business on the side in 2010 and officially launched in mid-‐2011. I made the switch to full-‐time editing in June of 2012. Over the last year, I have helped over thirty people bring their projects to completion. I offer a variety of services in a variety of fields—everything from developmental editing to proofreading, and I have worked in fiction and nonfiction as well as academically (APA style primarily). As far as developmental editing for nonfiction is concerned, I have worked on over fifteen nonfiction projects with developmental and organizational components in the last year and have experience helping authors identify the focus of their book and supporting them in organizing and arranging their material. I am a very organizational-‐minded person, and I believe that in order to have clear, well-‐ organized writing, the author needs to start with clear and well-‐organized thought. I spend a lot of time trying to understand the author’s intention and approach and working with my clients to help them understand exactly what they are trying to convey, so when they write, the intention and direction is already clear. My philosophy here is to scaffold the author—I think there is great power in authenticity, so I am not an editor that will plug information into a “standardized” form and then chug away. Instead, I am interested in supporting the author’s instinctive approach and tweaking it to make them more effective and still true to their intention and desires for the work. As far as line editing/streamlining text is concerned, my academic background is a boon here, as I am highly skilled at understanding an author’s intent and working
with them in order to create language that most clearly conveys their intention. My experience here is mostly centered around helping the author say what they want to say in the most elegant and most comprehensible way. I have an advantage in this area because of my training as an educator—I have an understanding of how people learn to write and produce writing and that gives me a depth of understanding that other editors may not have. As far as proofreading is concerned, I have been trained as a writing consultant and an editor as part of my stint in the academic center, and so I have collegiate-‐level training in grammar and usage. In the field, there’s a fine line between grammatical language and ideal language, however, so my philosophy is to let the author know what’s grammatical and allow them to make the final judgment call. Ultimately, there is no true “assessment” of my work other than the author’s satisfaction. If you are interested in examining feedback from my clients, you can take a look at my testimonials page (http://www.bee-‐ editing.com/testimonials.php), and I would be more than happy to put you in touch with my clients who have offered to be a reference for me. 3. What genres do you work in?
My business model is based around being available for editing in any genre or field. My projects, though, are mostly divided between non-‐fiction (primarily bloggers who have decided to write a book, and especially bloggers who address relationships, sexuality, body image, and other human interest topics) and fiction (primarily fantasy, science fiction, romance, and young adult literature) 4. Where are you located (zip code)? About 15 minutes northwest of Chicago-‐-‐60016 5. What books have you previously worked on? OR Do you have an editing or writing sample online? I have worked on many projects since starting my business in November of 2011, although many of my clients are still in the process of releasing their work. A few examples are here: • I have edited all of Clarisse Thorn’s published work: http://www.amazon.com/Clarisse-‐ Thorn/e/B007IOE0RA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1354029167&sr=8-‐1 • I edit for Carolyn Crane/Annika Martin (pen name) o http://www.amazon.com/Mr-‐Real-‐Code-‐Shadows-‐ Book/dp/1480134694/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354029 221&sr=1-‐1&keywords=carolyn+crane
o http://www.amazon.com/Wrong-‐Taken-‐Hostage-‐Robbers-‐ ebook/dp/B009PFL992/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=135402 9366&sr=1-‐1&keywords=the+wrong+turn • Bloggers I have worked with: o Kate Fridkis @ www.eatthedamncake.com o Mara Glatzel @ www.maraglatzel.com o Christie Inge @ www.christieinge.com o Rachel White @ www. rachelrabbitwhite.com As far as a sample of my editing work—I have found most of my clients to be very unwilling to share their early drafts publicly, which I think is pretty understandable. Instead, I offer to do a sample edit of up to five pages for anyone interested in working together with me. If you’re looking for a sample of my writing and approach to editing, I would suggest you take a look at my blog: www.eclecticeditor.com This is a difficult question for me because I am very interested in a variety of fields, subjects, and lines of thought. Primarily, though, I am interested in relationships, story, and the human experience—how we connect with each other, how we communicate with each other, how we talk about ourselves and our society and our relationships. I am also interested in human development and am very curious about how we develop into the people that we are and then learn to communicate and relate to others around us. I love to read fantasy and YA lit, but I will read pretty much anything except for horror and mystery. When I read nonfiction, it spans the gambit from psychology to human evolution to religion to language to astrophysics. I am also fascinated by the process of creation—how people write, how they come to write, how they motivate themselves and work through the process. One of my double majors in college was in music, so I am also curious about musicians and artists and the commonalities between artistic experiences. Honestly, though, you could convince me to take a 100 level class in pretty much any subject from weightlifting to agriculture. I’m ultimately just a very curious person. 7. List the URL of either: Blog, Website or Social Media Presence Blog: www.eclecticeditor.com Website: www.bee-‐editing.com Social Media: @eclecticeditor 8. What are some of your hobbies or outside interests? 6. What authors or subjects influence or inspire you?
Before I started editing, my go to answer for this question was always “reading,” but since I spend most of my days reading and working with books, I have had to reprioritize my hobbies! I do like to move—I practice yoga, lift free weights, and am training to run a half marathon in June of next year. I also enjoy cooking, especially when I have the opportunity to invite people over and then feed them. In my true downtime, I like to paint with pastels, crochet, and walk along the river trail that’s close to my house. I can also play the trumpet and have been teaching myself to play the violin. 9. Which statement best describes you professionally: A. I get stuff done. B. I do high quality work. C. I work on stuff that matters. D. I’m a leader of projects and teams. 10. At Net Minds, we offer a dynamic platform that enables authors and partners such as yourself to create a win/win arrangement. Our system allows partners to be awarded a share of royalties from the sale of the book, much like a startup. What type of working arrangements with the author are you interested in? A. Freelancer (flat fee, no profit sharing) B. Partner (Reduced up front fee, plus profit sharing) C. Investor (Pure profit sharing) NOTE: Those who choose Partner or Investor are significantly more likely to be chosen by most of our authors, as it shows a true commitment to the project. If you choose Freelancer or Partner, please indicate your standard fees. My standard fees are as follows and are based on word count: Content/Developmental Editing: $0.006 per word Line/Copy Editing: $0.005 per word Proofreading: $0.0025 per word Comprehensive Package (all three above, plus critique): $0.012 per word As for the partner package, I would be more than willing to negotiate a reduction in up front price (or a flat price for the project, if you would prefer) and profit sharing. My goal here, and with all of my work, is to be flexible, supportive, and accommodating, so if there is anything I can do to facilitate a compromise, please let me know.
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