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  1. I have a 3000ish word children’s book that I am interested in having edited. The book is meant for 1st through 5th grade readers. It has six chapters. Each chapter is 400 to 600 words. I intended this to be a hybrid between a picture book and a “full-fledged” chapter book for older kids.

    (Trying to have the younger ones feel a little “cooler” – ;-)

    Do you work in this genre?

  2. gotheca said on

    Absolutely. I’ve studied the works of Margaret Wise Brown, Ruth Krauss, and Maurice Sendak in depth, not to mention a plethora of the classic chapter books, like Edward Eager’s 1920s magic stories and Judy Blume’s original genre-bending explorations of spirituality and sexuality through a young teen’s eyes. Like so many other writers, I learned to love literature as a child and have revisited my childhood favorites many times as a professional to study them. I’ve studied modern works up to and including Harry Potter, too, of course. Everyone’s read Harry.

    I’ve actually written innumerable children’s books for my family over the past 11 years, including five full-length works. They’re heck of fun, aren’t they?

    I’ll drop you a line privately!

  3. Dear Ms. Mixon,

    We’re starting a new kind of publishing business, a hybrid between publisher, bookstore and self-publisher. The website above isn’t complete, and if you care to visit, please forgive us for incomplete links and the odd typographical error, plus we’ll be editing it meticulously once everything is working.

    Also, we’ll be getting Predators & Editors and Writers Beware to give us their blessing before we invite people to the beta-test and ask for their feedback. As an editor, you know that the way you say something can make the difference between acceptance and rejection.

    The reason for this comment is to ask whether you would be interested in being one of the independent editors who has a classified ad on our site. We only want the best. The price will be dirt cheap and we’ll likely offer some free months at the front end. As well, you might even consider coming on board with us as one of our part-time editors once we can afford you. (I like your style.)

    I’d be happy to send you our Submission Response Forms so that you’ll have an idea of the things we’ll be looking for in fiction and non-fiction projects. We anticipate rejecting over 98% of submissions, but we’ll be rejecting with reasons.

    We’re exciting about this business and we hope you will be, too.

    Sincerely,
    Sheryl Dunn
    Chief Cook and Bottle-washer
    for
    Shelfstealers

  4. I am a writer! I have no publishes works; however, I am a writer! I have a diffcult time coming up with story lines, but my work is always full of fun, insight and wit. I love poetry and prose, but i do not know how to put all of it together. I don’t know what style of writing a am good at yet. Any ideas for getting a “real” start on my writing career?

  5. Vivian, feel free to go through my blog and advice column. There are tons of ideas in there for how to start crafting publishable fiction.

  6. Hi Victoria:

    I have a completed romance manuscript, which needs a bit of loosening up. I was told my dialogue is too formal, problem it I do not know how. I have tried fixing the first 50 pages but I have a lot more to go. Can you help me?

    Thanks

    Ju

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  9. Taylor said on

    Hi Victoria,
    I loved your article about why manuscripts get rejected. I like your sense of humor, and the truth in it! It made me realize the mistakes I’ve been making when querying agents! I wrote a fiction novella that is 54,680 words. I know for sure I badly need a professional to look at my work, I just don’t have the money. Would you be able to give me an estimated guess of how much you charge for my amount of words, or someone you will be able to reccomend me to? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much!

    Taylor

  10. Victoria said on

    Hi Taylor,

    Thank you—I’ll send you email.

  11. Hello Victoria,
    I came across your website through Twitter. I flipped through your articles and like how you manage to make the practical (translation : boring) aspects of writing actually sound like fun, or at least like something worth doing.
    Which brings me to my query: I’ve written a novel which I’m thinking of self-publishing. It’s about 80,000 words. It’s a fairly mature (I hope) take on being a young adult. Cue sex, drugs, growing up issues. Is this something you’d take on board? If so, what services would you provide and how much would it cost me? You can e-mail me if you’d prefer to respond in private. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks, TJ

  12. P.S The link is for my blog – the most recent post is an excerpt from said novel, and the rest of the posts are broadly representative of my style (and choice of themes) of writing. Hope that helps!

  13. Victoria said on

    I’ll send you email, Tharun.

  14. Thanks, Sheryl! I’ll look into it.

  15. Victoria – I would very much like to discuss retaining you to edit my 105,000 word completed legal mystery. Would you please be so kind as to contact me?

    Thank you.

  16. Yes, I will, sir!



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