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"Don't be afraid. We won't make an author of you, not while there's an honest trade to be learned, or brick making to turn to." -- Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Many newer writers find the road is tough and can't seem to figure out where or why their writing is failing. I always advise people to get feedback from experienced readers (who are not necessarily writers) or join a local or online writers' group. There are many professional editing services available, but some of those places are fronts for scam artists. I recommend exercising caution and doing your homework before committing to spend money with such places.

If you like, you can give me a try. I have published seven books, I've worked as a professional journalist for a decade, I have copyedited several published books that weren't mine, and all of my own fiction has been professionally edited and copyedited. As a reporter, I've copyedited the news section of almost every edition of the Watauga Democrat for the past five years. In giving workshops, I have often agreed to review manuscript portions and offer editorial advice. I'm at the point where I feel qualified to offer professional advice and I've edited about 25 manuscripts. Plus, I've been there, and unlike a lot of other "editors," I know what it takes to finish and sell a book. I'm not the most experienced freelance editor available, by any means, but my rates are reasonable and I'm easy to work with. So easy, in fact, that here is the deal:

First, educate yourself at Preditors & Editors and SFWA's Writer Beware. Look over my web site, biography, bibliography, and writing articles to make sure I'm qualified. Then send the equivalent of five double-spaced pages of your work (at no charge) to harvestbook AT yahoo.com (type in "@" in place of AT in the address). I will review it and offer editing tips and advice and send the sample back via U.S./Canadian postal mail, so include your mailing address with your submission. If it's helpful to you, and worth pursuing further for each of us, then we can work out an arrangement for rates. My rates are competitive and fair--yes, I do charge, but this is not just about money, it's about improving our craft and growing as human beings. I have an editing contract available based on the Editors' Association of Canada standard contract.

I have a little more experience in the horror and thriller fields, but I am willing to look at any kind of writing. I can't promise I'll turn you into a bestseller or even a published author, but I will guarantee that I can help you turn yourself into a better writer--I've already helped quite a few. If I can't, you're already experienced enough to know that you have no business paying for my help. Good for you, and good luck. If you have any questions, drop me a line at the above email address.

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