Category: Miscellaneous

May 1st, 2019 by Melanie3101

Fully booked for May and June – bookings now being taken for July.

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April 23rd, 2019 by Melanie3101

Over many, many years of reading, I would rarely if ever have chosen to read sci-fi but my eyes have been well and truly opened with a couple of books I’ve recently edited for Tony Harmsworth.

I’ve just finished editing the second novel of his that I’ve worked on and it was brilliant.  I’ll be sharing links as soon as it’s available!

 

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April 22nd, 2019 by Melanie3101

I cannot stress enough the importance of marketing, especially for new authors.  It doesn’t matter how good your novel is, if you don’t get the marketing right, it won’t sell.  Even badly edited and relatively average novels can sell a million copies with the right marketing strategy as I’ve discovered recently.

Knowing that this was a successful author, I started a series earlier in the week and was surprised and dismayed to find numerous errors – I even persevered to the second in the series, wondering if it would improve – it didn’t!

This author has sold over a million copies of their book – purely through using excellent marketing strategies even though twenty-five per cent of the reviews are three-stars and under.

Fortunately, there are many options available for authors to learn about marketing and I attach links to some of the available resources here – I don’t advocate any – I haven’t done them, but it has to be worth investing time and/or money to learn the necessary marketing skills.

Reedsy – Marketing 101

55 Essential Resources for Authors

Creative Indie Crash Course

Self-publishing Courses – Which is best for you.

Ingram Spark – Social Media Course

Karen Banes – Book Marketing Tips

Self-publishing School – Book Marketing

Books Go Social – Digital Marketing

There are many, many more – some of them cost and are, possibly, worth it, but whatever you choose to do, please don’t publish without both a professional edit and some knowledge of marketing strategies.

Mark Dawson, a very successful author, also offers a range of marketing courses. There are fees associated with these, but I believe they are very popular. Mark Dawson – SPF Courses

I’ve read some fantastic stories as an editor, many of them better than some of the novels in the bestseller lists.  They deserve to be seen, read, and appreciated by a wide audience.

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April 18th, 2019 by Melanie3101

For the first time since becoming a professional editor, I have some inkling of how an author feels when they receive a rejection slip or a bad review.

More often than not, when I provide a sample edit, I am asked to complete the work unless my schedule doesn’t allow me to meet the author’s deadline for publishing.

This morning I’m gutted to lose out on a project that I was incredibly excited about and for reasons that are unclear – possibly a misunderstanding on the part of the author.  I completed the sample edit last weekend and received positive feedback “…your comments were spot on.” and was thrilled at the prospect of working on this novel as it is set, at least in the beginning, in a location that is close to my heart and which I visit regularly.

For all those authors who’ve experienced this feeling, you have my sympathy.

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April 15th, 2019 by Melanie3101

Another lovely testimonial – I’m really looking forward to editing the rest of this series.

 

First off – the quality of the edit was top-notch. So many typos and inconsistencies were picked up. And there were explanations as to why certain bits didn’t work or why she suggested a change. For me, the thing that elevated her service to 5* though was that she did was [sic] she promised. She gave me a slot when she could edit and requested the document the day before. She works incredibly fast and always responds to questions. For me, this responsiveness and honesty is essential.

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