Happy Friday! If you've been paying attention this week, you've seen me teasing an announcement for today. Well, wait no more. As of today, I'm officially working as a freelance editor. That's right, you can hire me to critique and edit your manuscript. Allow me to address some concerns or questions you may have:
But, Jamie, does this mean you're going to stop writing and I'll never know what happens with Cat, Marius, Flynn and all those other awesome characters I love??
Fear not, my dove. I'm still writing, albeit at a slower (ie not breakneck) pace than previously. I've been working on C# at a blistering rate for the past two years and need to cool down a bit. And yes, I'm still writing for anthologies and working on a new project, but without a rush on it. But rest assured, you will read the entirety of Cat Sharp's story one way or another.
Come on, everyone knows that editors are just writers who suck. "those who can't do..." and all that.
Fuck that noise. Next?
Will you give my manuscript to your agent/editor/publisher?
In short, no. Working with me does not guarantee you audience with any publishing professional other than me, myself and I.
Are you just doing this to steal my idea?
*snort* No. I bribed your NSA agent for that.
Why should I hire you and not some other editor? In fact, why should I hire an editor at all?
Short answer: You need one. Everyone with hopes of putting their words out in the world needs one. No one can be 100% objective with their own work. At some point, you will need another pair of eyes on your manuscript. Why me specifically? Because I'm good at what I do. I've been beta reading and critiquing for a while now and, if I may take a moment to speak highly of myself, I am an excellent sounding board. I can help you massage your words and draw out the potential. The best part is that I come at every project with the mind of an author, a reader and an editor. We can talk about craft in no uncertain terms, terms your average beta reader might not be able to articulate. We can sand off the rough edges and polish your prose until it has a mirror shine. All while maintaining your authentic voice. My strongest suit is critique and developmental edit. I'm also good at proofing final manuscripts.
For full details of what I offer, you can go to the new page on this site devoted to my editorial leanings.
ALSO... (yes, I have more news to share with you), I have the honor of being included in an upcoming anthology called Freaks and Weeping Children. Along with other talents such as Kristin Sullivan, Delilah S. Dawson, Karina Cooper and DB Starler, we are all hoping to bring you creeptastic cross-genre fiction. And we're asking you--yes YOU--to help us make this anthology become even more awesome. There's a Kickstarter page where you can donate and get your paws on some exclusive material. Also, if you donate at the $80 level, you can be a character in the anthology. That's right. Immortality is on sale for $80. Please take a look and share the link with friends.
And finally today, I'm pleased to tell you that I'm officially one of the cool kids attending Phoenix Comic Con. We knew that already, but yesterday I got my very own announcement picture and everything. *beams* And I'm on the main site! Under Phil Plait, even!!! DUDE!
So yeah, that's what's going on. I know some of you were *really* hoping for some news on Book 2 and when you can read the next installment of Cat Sharp's story. Believe me, no one wants to know the answer to that question more than I do. Still waiting and when I can tell you I will shout it from the sky.
Thanks to everyone who came out and played over at the Bitten By Books event this week. We had a good time and I hope to do something like that again soon. There's still time to enter the contest for an Amazon Gift Card and some poker chips. If, for some reason, you don't want to try for the free poker chips you can buy them directly from me here.
You guys are all rock awesome. Thanks for sticking with me and supporting everything I do. 2014 is going to be a busy, hella fun year.