Freelance Editing Service -- Open for Business

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Teresa Edgerton, Apr 9, 2010.

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    Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

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    I am embarking on -- or rather returning to -- a career as a freelance editor and "book doctor."

    Those of you who know me may be aware of my credentials. For those who don't know me, you can find my bibliography here:

    http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/9972-bibliography-teresa-edgerton-madeline-howard.html

    In addition to writing my own novels and short stories, I've taught classes on "Writing the Fantasy Novel," been a professional guest at numerous writing workshops, spoken at schools and in other venues, given workshops on world-building, worked as an editor at a small press magazine, and taken an active role in critique groups over the last 20+ years. I've acted as a literary consultant helping other writers to assess and improve their manuscripts, but put this aside for several years so that I could concentrate on my own fiction.

    Please contact me if you have a novel, short story, book proposal, or synopsis that you think would benefit by my professional services. You can PM me here at the Chronicles to learn about the exact services I offer and the fees I charge, or you can email me: goblin49@pacbell.net . I prefer to work with Fantasy and Science Fiction, but will consider looking at manuscripts in other genres.

    Because at this time I am engaged in building up a (satisfied) clientele, my fees are very moderate.

    Please let me know if you think I can help you.
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    Mouse

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    Oooh sounds good. :) You're the only person who got me to understand passive sentences (sometimes I'm a doofus) so cheers for that!

    I have a short story actually that I wouldn't mind somebody looking at...
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    Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

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    If you think I can help you, Mouse, let me know and we'll discuss it. My schedule is fairly open right now.
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    Culhwch

    Culhwch Change is as good as a holiday! Staff Member

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    Any chance of mate's rates?

    Kidding, of course. When (if) I finish something, I'll definitely be throwing some business your way! And luck with it in the meantime!
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    TheEndIsNigh

    TheEndIsNigh ...Prepare Thyself

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    Teresa: Are you specialising on a particular genre?
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    Brian Turner

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    Good to hear, Teresa. :)
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    Nesacat

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    Congratulations Teresa and good luck. :)
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    Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

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    Oops, didn't see your question, TEIN. I prefer to work with writers of science fiction and fantasy, but I'll consider other genres, too, as I don't confine my own reading to speculative fiction.
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    Karn Maeshalanadae

    Karn Maeshalanadae Why?

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    I would certainly take full advantage of this, had I the money to do so.


    Gods know I need major advice in my writing skills. Had I had pieces that were Chrons-friendly, I would post in Critiques. As it stands, though....

    C'est la vie.
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    J-WO

    J-WO Pretentious Avatar Alert.

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    Well, I've had Teresa look at one of my efforts and I've got to say its been well worth every penny. She put a lot of think-time and paperwork into it, that's for sure. Not only did Teresa pinpoint all sorts of problems I barely knew I had, but also offered workable alternatives to said problems.

    And that last parts a rare thing, especially when done well. Too often I'll go to workshops etc and I'll have failings identified in my story--which is marvelous, don't get me wrong--but there hasn't been many times where people subsequently offered road maps out of a narrative ditch.
    She's a confidence with the subject that only well-rounded and professional experience can bring.

    I'm not being paid to gush like this, honest! I'm just advising y'all that here's a writer's resource that's not only worth your real attention but is also alarmingly cheap considering the service.
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    Leisha

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    Wow! Good luck with this, Teresa. It will be nice for you to get some recompense back for all the advice and help you offer for free here.

    As for me, I'm still working on improving my novel since JJ critiqued it, but in the future I'd consider hiring you (right now I'm very low on money, and will be for most of the year, especially since Seph and I signed up for FantasyCon this year in Nottingham).

    Would you consider looking at only half a novel, or, say, just the first six chapters? Or would you want the full story? (Presently, my novel's a beast -- 156,000+ words and counting, so I'm going to have to do some vast cutting once I finish editing it and writing new chapters.)

    But I think next time I'd prefer having only the first part of my tale critiqued because a) it's cheaper, and b) right now I feel I'm addressing the weak points JJ mentioned, so I won't want a full crit when the time comes.
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    Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

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    Leisha, yes, I've been looking at partial manuscripts. I'd be glad to look at yours when the time comes.
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    littlemissattitude

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    This is good to know, Teresa.

    I'm engaged in writing a novel right now...which explains why I haven't been around here much. When it reaches a stage where it needs to be looked at, I'll keep you very much in mind.

    Won't be for awhile, but I hope not a very long time, either. At the moment I'm flinging words at the page (monitor), hoping that some will stick. A lot of them will have to go away eventually, but with any luck there will be enough left to tell the story I'm trying to get out of my head (it has been nudging, and then bugging me outright, for at least a couple of years now, and I decided that it was finally time to give in and work on the thing) and into written form.
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    Brian Turner

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    Cool, good to hear, LMA - I remember we first met many years ago as aspiring writers on the Orson Scot Card forums - it would be good to think at least one of us has been moving forward since then, as I have a lot of catching up to do!!
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    telford

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    Good for you Teresa. Ohhhh, if only I wasn't dirt poor.
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    Gary Compton

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    I would imagine it would be money well spent! Teresa comes across as a eloquent, very knowledgeable, intelligent lady. And I'm sure her age, which is shown in her profile must be wrong.

    I checked out her website and she doesn't look a day over 49.

    Anyway, I'm sure with her experience, she could help you improve your book and your writing skills by 100%.

    I wonder what genre's she specialises in?
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    The Judge

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    telford -- I don't know your financial situation, but I'd advise you to ask Teresa for a quote, and I think you'll be surprised. I know her charges have gone up since I asked for her help last year, but not only were her fees very moderate then (in fact, having heard what others charge I would say very, very moderate!) but, for the amount of work she put in, they were a steal. And if you can't afford to have the whole book edited, there's still the option of having part of it looked at -- I just had the first third done, as it was the opening I was least happy with.

    Gary -- you're absolutely right on all counts. And although Teresa specialises in SFF, she's able to work with any genres.
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    Gary Compton

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    Hmmm...

    I'm going to be soon firing draft 6 of to JJ, maybe I should let Teresa have a look. New set of eyes maybe?

    My book is full of twenty first century Nazi's, twists and turns on known historical facts and a different take on recent events.

    Bit like Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy meets Gary Compton. (I play the protagonist under a more interesting name of course)

    It might not be her cup of tea?
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    The Judge

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    No idea if it's her cuppa, Gary -- but she's a professional, and she'll be able to advise you regardless of her personal tastes.
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    J-WO

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    Gary- I've sent Teresa everything from violent drug dealers to lounging, alien aesthetes. The lady takes it all in her stride.

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