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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

So many things spinning in my head. Books to edit, books to write, short stories to finish…I really don’t need anything more on my plate. But there are these pesky bills to pay…and I have been kicking around ideas on how to add an income stream or two.

I’ve been working on this for the last few days: The Conn-Mann Curiosity Shop — and I’ve even made a sale!

I’ve had a few nice writing sales this year as well.

But…my income goal for the year is still not being met. I need to up my game.

So, I want to test the waters on something else…

There are lots of editors out there. I know it is a crowded field, but I am throwing my hat into the ring too.

I have been editing for small presses for several years now, as well as for friends and family. I do things a little differently than some editors I know. I basically do content, polish, and proofing all in one pass. Then I send it back and continue to work with the author until we are both satisfied.

I charge a penny a word based on the word count of the final finished version, no matter how many times we have to go through it.

I try to turn things around in a reasonable time-frame.  I will always be frank about how much time I expect to need for a job. I have a lot of commitments that I can’t neglect because of a freelance commission–but I also hate housework and will put any edit in front of that…

It’s taken me a bit to come to the decision to offer my editing services. Hopefully, it will be worth it. 🙂

If you have something you would like me to work on, drop me an email at riewriter@gmail.com and I will be happy to discuss your project with you.

4/11/11 For Realz…? Who wouldn’t jump on this? NOT!

I’ve been debating all morning about discussing this, but it really bothered me, so I decided to collect your thoughts on the matter.

I got an email from a freelance service I belong to today. “New projects match your profile” and all that. This was the description of one of those matches:

“Description: I’m looking for chidrens books, cookbooks, self help, real estate investing, I’m also looking for different types of story books from love to science fiction books that have been written that I can buy and put my name on as author and with only me having full rights. Looking for 70-150 pages each. Ebooks are fine. Cookbooks do not need pictures but would be nice. No copyright infringment books please. Story books you can email me with your sample and writing skills.”

That is literally cut and paste from the email I received. Won’t name the site, or give any other details, but seriously. I left the first freelance site I was on because I kept getting requests to do people’s homework, and that didn’t sit well with me. I may have to leave this one too. Or maybe I just attract the lazy?

Is it being unrealistic to think that a site looking for freelance authors would be looking for someone to do some writing for you — not do-your-homework-type of writing, or let-me-put-my-name-on-your-baby-type of writing, but honest content? Or is there any such thing? Anyone out there who thinks the above description is a good thing to do? What are your thoughts?

Oh, and the offered price for selling your soul child? “Budget: Under $250”