Seeking: novels and mind/body/spirit nonfiction!

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As I look forward into 2014, I’ve chosen two areas in which I’d most like to edit more material:

  • Fiction. Author Cara Trautman’s debut novel Happy(ish), which I edited last year, has quite a few reviews on Goodreads and is currently rated 3.79 stars. I also edited author Jason Sarna’s novel Night Burger, which will be published in March, and I have a couple more fiction editing projects coming up. More novels would be wonderful. If you’ve recently finished a novel (say, for NaNoWriMo) and want to have it polished before submitting the manuscript to agents or publishing it yourself, send me an e-mail!
  • Mind/body/spirit nonfiction. I read widely in this genre in the early 2000s, and since then, I’ve wanted to edit books on spirituality, alternative religion, and the connection between mind, body, and spirit. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I’m freelancing — to edit spirit-centered material right alongside textbooks and assessments. (This helps explain why I have a stack of experience in educational publishing but am sending résumés to publishers like Llewellyn and Atria Books.)

So I’m putting this out into the universe. If you’re looking for an editor for your novel or your nonfiction book in the mind/body/spirit category, I might be your editor!


Happy New Year!

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Times Square ballIt’s the first Monday morning of 2014! The lights are off the tree, the ball dropped in Times Square, and the eggnog is gone (the nonalcoholic kind is my annual holiday indulgence). Instead, I’ve started cooking double again to fill the freezer and baking to fill the cookie jar. We’re safe and warm chez moi and ready to be snowed in, wrapped in fleece against the extreme wind chills outside.

I’ve been sprucing things up here and there around the site. My résumé (PDF) is a little shinier and pages have been reworded, revised, or just tweaked.

The New Year heralds that long stretch of work without many holidays until Memorial Day. I’ve filled in a bit of that time but there’s still some space in my schedule. As always, e-mail editing@lastsyllable.net to discuss a project with me.


Sticky: November and December availability

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Following my maternity leave, I’ll be back to work on Monday, November 4. I’m at my desk for a few hours each day this week and expect normal availability to resume on Monday, continuing through the end of 2013. My family hasn’t made holiday plans yet, but we aren’t normally away from home for much more than the holiday itself.

My schedule is already beginning to fill up (yay!). If you’d like to work with me in the next two months or in early 2014, contact me at editing@lastsyllable.net.


Back to work soon

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Today is my first partial day slowly coming back to work. I’m sorting through the mail that’s piled up in my office, updating apps and double-checking resource availability, and (importantly) just being here for a couple of hours to ease my kids into the new schedule before I have any deadline pressures.

My post on being (almost) scammed by the National Association of Professional Women has garnered a lot of interest over the past seven months. There are more than 60 comments from women who had similar experiences. However, I haven’t had any pushback from NAPW itself. I’m not even off their mailing list! I got another postcard in the mail a few months ago touting the benefits of membership. This one went directly into the recycle bin.

I’d also like to alert fellow editors to GalleyCat’s new Freelance Editor Directory, to which I’ve just added my own listing. Writers can search through the directory for an editor who works in their genre, get more information about the editor (via website, LinkedIn, whatever info the editor provides), and see a range of prices (if the editor has given that). The directory was launched earlier this month.

More as it develops. It feels so good to be coming back!


Sticky: May/June availability

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It’s quite late in May and the weather still can’t decide what season it is: snow early in the month, a few hot days, then a few days of chill rains, and now it’s back to hot sunny days before cooling off again.

As we do every year, my family and I will be attending the Wheatland Music Organization’s Traditional Arts Weekend this coming Memorial Day weekend. I’m booked up with projects for the rest of May otherwise.

June, however, is still fairly open and I’d like to add a few more projects to my schedule. Contact me at editing@lastsyllable.net if you’d like to work with me on an upcoming project.


Sticky: Availability and April updates

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It’s rainy and gray here, the first of several rainy days forecast, and I’m doing some catching up. Enjoy some updates.

First, we have still not moved house. The delays are really wearing on my optimism, but at least things are getting done. We’re looking at another tentative moving date of “next weekend, probably, or maybe the week after.” So I won’t be scheduling many projects in April, but I am expecting to crank things up in May. Contact e-mail for project scheduling is, as always, editing@lastsyllable.net.

ETA: Yes, we are moving at long last! I’ll be mostly offline from Friday 4/19 through Sunday 4/21 for the move. I’m trying to create a schedule with minimal downtime (since putting projects on hold didn’t work out for me) and expect to be back in action on Monday, April 22.

And now the news:

A novel I edited has just been published! Check out Happy(ish) by Cara Trautman, available on Kindle. It’s a fun read, if I do say so myself, and I enjoyed working on it.

As a follow-up to my last post: I opted to start the trial period of Office 365 Small Business Premium and it might be okay. It’s prompting me to use an on.microsoft.com e-mail address until I go through a complicated process to verify that I own my domain, but I don’t use Outlook and am not sure what else they’d need that information for (I won’t be managing my site through Office). So that’s tabled until I have the spare brain cycles to figure it out. And I haven’t signed up for those classes yet; the accounting class may not end up being as useful as I thought, since what I need is tax advice for freelance editorial professionals (instead of general accounting), and I missed the EFA’s webinar on exactly that subject.

Since the announced demise of Google Reader, I’ve been able to move my feeds to The Old Reader (I’ve also seen recommendations for Feedly and Newsblur, though I haven’t tried to use those services). My initial grump about The Old Reader is that I haven’t found a way to automatically alphabetize feeds. However, when I clicked on something and then clicked the Back button, The Old Reader didn’t lose my place in the feed I was reading, for which I cheer enthusiastically. If I did that in Google Reader, it would take me back to the feed and disappear the post I was in the middle of, making no distinction between “marked as read” and “I’m finished with this, it can go away now.” So if that’s my trade-off, I’ll manually alphabetize my feeds.

And that’s the news of the moment. More as it develops.


Sticky: Moving! Probably!

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Well, it was a good thing I hadn’t booked much in early March, because I had one project extend a little longer than anticipated. We hauled a few loads of things to the new house, but there’s a lot at the old house that still needs to be packed. Over the past couple weeks, we’ve had a lot of interest in the old house and six or seven showings (including a second showing to one buyer), but it still hasn’t resulted in an offer. It has, however, resulted in much grumbling chez nous.

I had planned for us to move on Monday, but delays at the new house — this time, water damage in the kitchen, meaning the countertops had to be replaced — have meant that plumbing is still not working. The new countertop and sink might be installed by now, but I don’t think the main floor bathroom is at all usable yet. (The basement bathroom was gutted and will be finished after we move in.) TV and internet service have not yet been connected.

So Monday isn’t looking good for a moving day, but hopefully we can get in sometime next week. I don’t want to commit to additional projects in March and even early April, just because nothing is nailed down (heh) and I’ve had to write enough apologetic emails about deadlines as I’ve attempted to manage working from a house that’s actively for sale.

It would, however, be a good time to schedule projects that will begin in April and May. Contact me at editing@lastsyllable.net.