UPDATE: Although I rarely take on “editing” projects outside of my responsibilities as managing publisher/editor for Evolved Publishing (it’s $0.03/word for comprehensive, all-inclusive edit on the rare occasion I do), I do take on clients as a writing coach ($75 per hour). I typically only work with one client at a time, so you might want to do a little forward planning if you’re interested in my services.
NOTE: I no longer offer “mini-edits” as my schedule does not allow.
If I push, it’s because I want you to fly.
Look inside yourself.
So you have an idea for a novel, and you’ve studied the art and craft of writing a little, and you’ve completed several chapters — maybe even the entire manuscript — but you know there’s still something missing. Maybe you need an objective, trained pair of eyes to help you see where you’ve gone off-track with the plot. Perhaps you need someone with a fresh perspective to help you flesh out your characters. Or, could it be that you just need help with your grammar, and with ramping up the power and efficacy of your prose?
That’s why I’m here. I can help you in a few ways. First, if you’re truly in the early developmental stages, and what you really need is some basic training — a short online writing class, as it were — so you can do some self-editing and revising before your project is ready for a serious edit, I can custom-tailor training to your specific needs. Second, if you’re beyond that point, but still need direction to guide your manuscript revisions and polishing, I can help you streamline your focus to move the project closer to completion. Third, if what you need is essential mentoring as you move your writing career forward, helping you through the many obstacles you encounter, from crafting a great plot and characters, to developing a social media presence, to formatting and uploading your files as a self-publisher, I can help you with each step in the process, including pointing you to the proper resources. I charge $75 per hour for writing coach services, which are done via email and via Skype, when we need to talk.
For more about what a I do as a coach, see this blog post: What does a Writing Coach do? And to see what others have said about working with me, see these testimonials. And then let’s talk. Just email me at Lane@LaneDiamond.com and let me know what you need. We’ll have a preliminary 30-minute conversation at no charge to you, during which I can explain what I do, and you can determine whether I’m the right coach for you.
Here (I’ll be back soon to post updated covers and links to the pages) are some of the pieces I’ve edited (or am currently editing) for Evolved Publishing (more books coming soon). I don’t mind saying that I’m as proud of this as anything I’ve ever done. As of 10 November 2018, the number stands at 144. Many of the books have gone on to win awards, some multiple awards–you can check those out HERE. For now, you can find the full list and links at my Evolved Publishing Profile (click on the BOOKS EDITED tab).