Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Really Good Editing

*** I'm a guest blogger over at Peace Garden Writer today. 
Please stop by and say hello.***  

A Random Act of Publicity 
Freelance editor, Harrison Demchick
Really Good Editing Services

As part of Random Acts of Publicity Week 2011, I couldn't resist a plug for an awesome editor. It may not be a BLLuRT for a particular book, but it IS book related. 

Just like many of you, I enjoy reviewing and hosting blog tours for upcoming releases. I have done this a couple of times for Bancroft Press, my favorite being The Atomic Weight of Secrets, which I've reviewed a couple of times.

Harrison Demchick is my go-to guy from Bancroft. He recently noticed that I'm a writer and told me about his freelance editing business. I've never paid to have my manuscript professionally edited and, to be honest, never thought I could afford it. Until now.

Because Harrison is a professional editor, and because I have had such an awesome e-mail relationship with him (FYI: he is amazing at answering emails), my husband and I agreed to take the leap. Wow, wow, wow. I am SO GLAD I did. Even my husband said his comments about my manuscript were brilliant!

I knew from agent comments that something about my story wasn't clicking, but I couldn't pinpoint exactly what or how to fix it. Harrison nailed it for me, and the "fix" could not be clearer. Now, I feel like I just need some serious time in the writing cave to hammer it out. And guess what I'll do then? I'll send it right back to Harrison for another round of edits.

I have never recommended something on this blog (other than books) that would cost you money, but I can't recommend Harrison highly enough. I assure you, his comments are worth their weight in gold--and then some. If you are struggling with an area of your manuscript, looking for a reliable set of extra eyes and constructive criticism, or preparing to query/submit, consider sending your story to Harrison. You won't be sorry. much will it cost?

For a complete developmental edit, analyzing absolutely everything there is to be analyzed, he generally charges three cents a word.  

Copy edits are cheaper

He's also doing a limited-time promotional deal: he'll do a close read and write up a detailed one or two-page single-spaced editorial report for $149--fully deductible from the total cost of a developmental edit if you then choose to go that route. (this is what I did)
Email contact:
hdemchick at gmail dot com

A message from Harrison:

Someone asked about the website. Right now, I’m using Facebook, until my web designer finishes my website.
*** (And the 1-2-page deal is $99 right now.) ***

He also wanted to let you know that he'll be answering emails later today!!

Have you ever paid for professional editing? 


Laura Pauling said...

Thanks for the shout out! I've been collecting some sites for free lance editors for some day later this year. Does he have a website?

So glad he was of help!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing this. I'm glad it helped you.

I'd like to hire someone to help me but with high school swimming costs and college looming, I think I have to wait. Sigh.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Sounds exciting! Now get in that cave :)
Wagging Tales - Blog for Writers

Robyn Campbell said...

Go get in the cave, bff. I am going to keep him in my mind. Wonder if he has a website. Love that you spotlighted an editor. I didn't want to do this, because I have so many cool writing friends that had books coming out, but I wish I would have thought to spotlight an agent or editor. You are so smart, amigo. <3 you.

Stina said...

Wow, at that rate, it'd cost me over 2 K for him to edit my book.

Love the idea of spotlighting an editor. With so many people opting for the self-published route, there are going to be more writers advertising their freelance editing services. Then it'll be necessary to find out which editors are the best deal for your money. Not all are created equal. This dude sounds like he's definitely worth it. :D

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon .. Harrison sounds like an excellent find .. that's good news .. and I like your Random Act of Publicity .. great follow up post.

Cheers Hilary

Slamdunk said...

Sounds like Harrison is a great asset.

Having a skilled someone give feedback and insights is certainly worth the investment.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Editing is expensive, but it can be well worth the cost, as long as you know what you're getting out of it. Thanks for the rec!

Carolyn V said...

Aw! A shout out for an editor. That is awesome Shannon! He sounds great. =)

Barbara Watson said...

The high cost of editing keeps me out of the game for right now, but I know what an asset they can be.

Old Kitty said...

Not yet!! :-) Thanks for the heads up on this amazing editor - I'd much rather pay for a trusted recommendation (and I so trust you Shannon!!) and so I'll definitely keep Mr Demchick in mind, yay!! Take care

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the info, Shannon. $99 is an excellent deal. I've never tried professional editing, but it's more a $ issue than anything else.

I love that editing picture. Too funny!

Harrison Demchick said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Shannon!

Laura--my website is in the works with a designer right now. In the meantime, I'm using

Stina--definitely, the full-on developmental editing isn't cheap. I do recommend it, of course, because it's the most effective way I can help, but the reason I offer the $99 read-and-response Shannon used is so that writers can get a sense of the kind of work they need to do without diving right in for the full service. And if they decide they want it after, the $99 comes off the total, so it's no extra cost.

(This was going to be a limited-time offer, but I kind of like having it around as a lower-cost option, so I might keep it.)

Thanks for the comments, everybody! Be sure to visit and like the Facebook page, as I believe Susan already did. I really love this job, and I'm always eager to find new authors to work with.

Shari said...

Hi Shannon! I've only had professional edits as gifts, but they were very valuable. Thanks for the info! I love the editing marks, btw.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Love that you highlighted an editor!

Elana Johnson said...

Awesome RAP! I'm so glad Harrison nailed your problem for you. It often takes an outside eye to see it. I haven't paid for professional editing yet...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reference and Harrison, thanks for the low cost option. Always good to know about good editors.

And you copy edit, too? I'll check out your page.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I like the idea of random acts of publicity. It's good to have recommendations and good to forward the love.


Miranda Hardy said...

Thanks for posting this Shannon. I've toggled with the editing process. It's good to know there are some valuable options available.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Ooh. I haven't paid for professional editing, but I've thought about it. I'll definitely bear this guy in mind - thanks!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Shannon, thanks again for coming on Peace Garden Writer today. Boy, you have a lot going on! Thanks for the helpful suggestion. When the time is right, I now know where to start. :)

Have a super rest of the week/weekend, Sunshine. :)

BK Mattingly said...

I've never paid for professional editing. I considered it, but I never really knew who to go for. Thanks for the recommendation! I know who I'll go to if I decide to have someone else look at it. said...

I have an editor that I use for my work. She has been invaluable and worth every penny. I couldn't see doing a book or story without professional editing.

Thanks for sharing the information about Harrison's editing skills. And best of luck to you on your literary journey.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

wow. that sounds like a good deal. and i'm so intrigued now, how he helped you see the fixes so clearly! great news! thanks for rec. I may look him up!

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