It’s finally here! I’m excited to celebrate the launch of my freelance services website today, and here’s why:
First, I finally have a place where authors and nonprofits can approach me for help. In my past few years of editing and ghostwriting, I’ve worked mainly through online job postings and word of mouth. I worked with great people on great projects, but my network was limited: people couldn’t find me unless I found them first. Now that I have a stable online presence, my audience has a better chance of finding me when they need me. I’ll also be able to point people here when they take a look at my business card, resume, or social media profiles.
Second, I now get to offer so much more than the work I charge for. I’m here to help people, and that help shouldn’t be limited to my paying clients. It might be a series of blog posts. It might be a posted resource or my reply to your email. Whatever helps the most, I want anyone—writer, nonprofit staff, or word lover—to come away with something valuable once they’ve been here.
I have pages describing my experience and my services, and I’ll be adding some written guides for writers and nonprofits this summer. Here on the blog, you can expect 2-3 weekly posts addressing writing and editing tips; books and reading; and other relevant news, links, and resources. If you like what you see, don’t hesitate to subscribe, comment, and share! There’s no spammy junk here.
Now for the free stuff.
As I promised to my Twitter community, I’m offering two giveaways to celebrate the new site. To enter either giveaway, comment below to tell me (1) your favorite book of all time and (2) which giveaway you’re interested in. Entries will be open all weekend, after which I will assign a number to each comment and randomly select the winners. Winners will be announced on Monday, so be sure to check back! I’ll also contact you by email if you win.
Giveaway #1: Book—Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
The first freebie is Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to edit yourself into print by Renni Browne and Dave King. This book has amazing tips on editing dialogue, exposition, and other key elements of your novel. I love the real-life book excerpts that the authors use as examples in each chapter. If you’ve been advised on your book’s structure but want to clean up the content before sending it to a copyeditor, this book is definitely worth checking out (and for one lucky writer, it’s free!).
Giveaway #2: Five-Page Sample Edits with Feedback
For the second giveaway, I’m offering two identical prizes. If you win, you will receive a sample edit and analysis of the first 1200-1500 words of your manuscript. If I think that we’d work well together, I’ll offer you further details and an estimate. Otherwise, I’ll point you in the direction of the person or resource that will be the best help to you at this stage of your writing. In either case, my corrections and comments will be geared toward giving you an idea of what you can be doing to help your story grow stronger.
That’s all there is to it! Comment with your favorite book and preferred prize any time this weekend, and I will announce the lucky winners on Monday. I’m excited to have you join me, so please accept a huge thank you for helping me celebrate this special day!