Proofreading starts at .0055 a word
Proofreading is done on a final draft and includes line-by-line correction of spelling, grammar, and minor sentence structure issues. Each proofread receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes. Proofreads are only accepted if full manuscript has been approved by me or previous editing by a reputable copy editor has been confirmed.
Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.
Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $110.
Detailed Copy Editing starts at .0070 a word
Copy Editing is done on a final draft and includes detailed, line-by-line editing for sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and, if needed, other issues that do not require major changes, such as plot consistency, character analysis, and style. Each detailed copy edit receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.
Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.
Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $140.
Detailed Copy Editing & Proofread Package starts at .0090 a word
This is the package I recommend most for every author, as well as my best-selling and best-value package. It also includes a free blurb edit ($35 value). The Detailed Copy Editing and Proofread Package combines both services. This package has two different steps. First, Detailed Copy Editing will be done to a manuscript and sent back to the author. The author will then make all the changes they need to based on offered suggestions. Once the author has finished this stage and sent it back, a thorough Proofread will be done on the finished product. Please refer to the above explanations for each service to see what they entail. This is the most cost-effective package if you desire both a detailed copy edit as well as a final proofread after suggested changes have been made. This package gives the most-polished end product. It is the author’s responsibility to supply the blurb at the time of the edit.
Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.
Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $180.
$35 Flat Rate for Blurb Editing & Critique
Need help making your blurb great? Need a fresh pair of eyes to check for errors and readability? This is your option. This is a flat-rate service with a two-day turnaround.
$50 Flat Rate for Small Jobs
Almost anything under 2500 words, such as query letters. (Query letter format)
BA from Grand Canyon University in English/Literature.
Graduated with Honors: Cum Laude.
Four Years of Experience.
Freelance copy editor for Tule Publishing. http://tulepublishing.com
I have edited, compiled, and published four anthologies through Indie Style Press, which is a compilation of Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp & Phycel Designs by Rene Folsom, Author.
Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors & Readers, Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST, Stalkers: A Collection of Thriller Stories, and Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection. You can find these on Amazon.
Terms and Conditions:
I occasionally update my Terms and Conditions. It is the client’s responsibility to occasionally glance at them to see if anything has changed.
MANUSCRIPTS must be submitted in Times New Roman, size 12 font, and double spaced. If they are not, I will change them. It makes the editing process cleaner and easier.
I DO NOT edit non-fiction books. However, I will edit non-fiction articles, website material, press releases, and other such subject matter. I am also not familiar with UK grammar. I will edit UK books, but only if they are being completely Americanized. If you want to keep some UK tone, (colour instead of color, sayings, etc) that is fine. You just have to make sure to tell me. However, any and all grammar related issues that I do recognize will be Americanized.
GRAPHIC and/or gratuitous RAPE scenes are not accepted. Books containing them are subject to IMMEDIATE return without refund or completion.
HOWEVER, books that contain rape are not an automatic no. A girl trying to get over being raped, a fade-to-black rape scene that is integral to the story, a book about rape that inspires hope in victims, a crime book that manages to impress the violence without making it graphic and pleasingly sexual, etc… would all be considered and most likely accepted. Please just explain the scenes to me. Erotica books that use rape as something pleasingly sexual, or any book that does, or any book that describes rape in graphic, violent, sexual, scene-by-scene detail, will not be accepted and if in a book I accepted without my knowledge, will be returned with NO REFUND OR COMPLETION. (Rape Clause Added October 20, 2015)
AUTHORS are responsible for getting their books to me by the date agreed upon. If I have not received it within two days of the agreed upon date, I will move on to the next in line, unless I have an email from the author and we agree on other terms.
RUSH JOBS, which I rarely take and usually only from established clients, will incur a fee. It will depend on length of manuscript and amount of time given to finish. The start amount is $100, and it goes up from there. Anything expected in less than ten days is considered a rush. The less amount of time given to complete the edit, the higher the rush fee.
-There is no harm in asking if a rush is possible, for a new or established client. I just can’t promise it will always be possible, so I would not base a publishing date on it unless verified with me in advance.
PLEASE be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done. If while editing the book, excessive editing outside the package becomes a problem, progress will halt while the author is contacted. This rarely happens. However, I have had a book for proofread that the sample was great, but when I received the book, only the first two chapters were acceptable. The rest needed more of a developmental edit. This is the reason I mainly ask for middle-of-the-book samples.
PAYMENT is accepted up front. An invoice will be sent through PayPal when the manuscript is received. No work will be done until invoice is paid in full. PayPal fees are calculated and added to final bill. A $100 cancellation fee will be charged if the client cancels their time slot less than a week before their date. A $50 cancellation fee will be charged if the client cancels their time slot less than two weeks before their date. This fee is strictly enforced.
HOLIDAYS and holiday weekends DO NOT count toward the estimated amount of time given to edit your manuscript. Those times are spent with my family. We always take a vacation during the week of Thanksgiving and one week in the summer. Please be respectful of those times. If any of those fall during your time period, please be aware of this. Example: If you are given a time period over Christmas, please be aware the holidays will interfere with the edit time. Times given are estimates unless completely firmed up with me by way of a pre-order publication date. Two-week turnarounds are no longer automatically given. Manuscripts are given my complete attention and are turned over in as timely a manner as possible. Sometimes, life happens. Please be patient.
***I am NOT a developmental editor. I am a final-draft editor. If you are a FIRST-TIME author who needs extensive help with plot, character development, and flow, I would recommend you hire a developmental editor to work with you through the different stages of pre-editing before you contact me.***
I reserve the right to refuse any and all manuscripts at my discretion.
To contact me about availability, questions, or to submit your manuscript, please email me at email@example.com. Please be aware that my schedule fills up quickly. For assurance of a spot, a 4-6 week pre-schedule is necessary. However, do not hesitate to contact me about sooner availability. It is possible that I have open spots.
(Some titles and authors are not listed due to privacy)
Jason Brant: The Gate, Tartarus, Sheol, The Dark, Devoured, Consumed, Ravaged, Ash, Madness, The Perfect Crime, Clown
Melissa McClone: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) The Wedding Charade
Marquita Valentine: (NYT and USA Today Best-selling Author) Twice Tempted, Just Desserts, Only For You , True For You, Not Over You, Wish For You, Burn For You, The Request, Be Mine, All the Right Moves, The Deception, Need You Tonight, Love So Hot, Dare Me Once, Love So True, Love So Irrestible, The Forgotten Bride, The Temporary Bride, The Billionaire Bride, Seducing the Billionaire’s Wife, Skin Deep, Royal Scandal
Sawyer Bennett: (USA Today Best-selling Author) Off Course, If I Return, Forever Young, Off Chance, Legal Affairs 1-6, On the Rocks, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, Uncivilized, Off Season, With a Twist, Off Duty, Shaken Not Stirred, Wicked Fall, Clash, Crash, Grind, Yield, Love Uncivilized, Wicked Fall, Wicked Lust, Wicked Need, Wicked Ride, Wicked Bond, Sexy Lies and Rock and Roll
Rene Folsom: Heart You, Voices of the Soul, Eyes of the Soul, Truths of the Soul, Blood of the Soul, Secrets of the Soul, Bind Me, Hearts of the Soul, Shuttered Affections, Exposed Affections, Flatter Me, For Liberty, Adventurous, Tempt, The Wager, Game Changer, Trust, Trapt, The Break, Game On, Promise You, By Chance
Rebecca Hamiliton: (NYT & USA Today Best-Selling Author)& Conner Kressley (USA Today Best-Selling Author): Charmed by the Beast, Under: An Adult Dystopian Paranormal Romance: Othala Witch Collection (Sector 5)
Rebecca Hamiliton: Origin: an Adult Dystopian Paranormal Romance: Othala Witch Collection (Sector 1) (NYT & USA Today Best-Selling Author)
Jasmine Walt: (NYT Best-Selling Author) & M. Moya: Marked by Magic, Betrayed by Magic
Shelly Crane: (NYT Best-selling Author) Smash Into You
Tabatha Vargo: (NYT Best-Selling Author) On The Plus Side
Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea: (NYT Best-Selling Authors) The Procedure
Jon Messenger: The Brink of Distinction Trilogy, Card Tricks, Rage
Kay Bratt: Somewhere Beautiful, Where I Belong
Sonya Loveday: The Summer I Fell, End Note, If Ever I Fall, Relevance, The Vows We Make
Candace Knoebel: Evernight, Everlost, Everdeep
Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel: Love Always, Runaway Heart, When Two Hearts Collide
T.L. Frye: The Secret of Magik and Dragons
Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels: Exposing Ele, Surviving Ele, Ending Ele
Tanith Morse: Super Dark 2 and Super Dark 3
Rene Folson & Juli Valenti: Adventurous, Bound, Charming
Hans Cummings: Zack Jackson & The Cytherean Academy, Zack Jackson & The Hives of Valtra, Scars of the Sundering
Rachael James: Hook, Line, and Garter, Crazy B*tch, Baby B*tch
Erika Kathryn: Audie the Angel and the Angel Army, Audie the Angel: Plague
Phil Taylor: White Picket Prisons, 50 Shades of Phil, The Sneaker Tree
Nicholas Andrews: Festival of the Saints, Babyface Fire
Cheyanne Young: Powered
Shelby Fallon: Stealing Grace, Taking Faith
Ryan Casey: The Painting, The Disappearing
Jennifer Foor: Hustle Him
Andris Bear: Angel Unleashed, Demon Undamned, All Wicked’s Eve, Lover’s Lane, Memory Lane, Dead End Lane, Inked, Daring to Fall
M.L. Ryan: Special Offers, Special Attraction, Special Passage, Special Deception
Nicki Scalise: Prayer for the Dead
Jennifer Clay: The Other Side of Normal
Bart Hopkins: Dead Ends
Michael Loring: Number Eighteen, Say My Name
Dawn Husted: Safe
E.G. Gaddess: Dhampyr Journey
Jim Proctor: Made in the Stars, Veronica Phoenix, Search for the Phoenix
G.E. Saturley: The Real Deal
Toni Aleo: (NYT and USA Today Best-Selling Author) Breaking Away, Tangled in the Laces, The Whiskey Prince
Shaun Dowdall: Rebirth (A Thousand Hearts), Second Chance, From Beyond, Chrysalis Blooms (Serial Episodes)
Stephanie Summers: Haunting, Awakening
Stephanie Erickson: Unseen, The Dead Room, Unforgiven, Undivided, The Fate, The Reaper, The Human, The Dead World
Kyan Yauchler: Homeostasis Lost, Autumn Nation
A.G. Henley: The Fire Sisters
Katie French: The Brothers, Clay: A Breeder’s Story, The Barriers, Monster Island Serial Series
Marta Brown: Sun-Kissed Summer
Shelbi Wescott: Virulent Stories
Peter Boland: The Spiral Arm Episodes 2-4
Pete Bauer: Kneel and Pray, Lost and Found, Sins and Suicide, Gods and Martyrs
Annalise Nixon: Between a Wolf and a Hard Place 1-6, Bargain with the Bear, Saving the Wolf
Richard Gibbons: Battlefield Abductions, The Battlefield Indoctrination
Catherine Wilson: Look to the Stars, The Darkest Night
Charity Vandehey: Pirate Bound
Catherine Stine: Witch of the Cards
E.R. Arroyo: Aggression
Kristina Canady: Eclipsed by Midnight, Scrupulous, Valorous
Kelly Miller: My Blue Nightmare
Rickie Blair: From Garden to Grave, Danger and the Sting, A Branch Too Far
Jennifer Anne Davis: The Key, Red, War, Cage of Deceit, Burning Shadows
L.B. Gilbert: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) Air: The Elementals Book Two
Apocalypse, Twist, Stalkers, Stardust
Madeline Ash: Breaking Good
Dani Collins: His Christmas Miracle (USA Today Best-Selling Author)
Eve Gaddy: Love Me, Cowgirl (Best-Selling Author)
Melissa McClone: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) A Thankful Heart, Christmas at the Castle
Robin Bielman: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) Once Upon A Royal Christmas
Clean Teen Publishing:
Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels: Exposing Ele, Surviving Ele, Ending Ele
Gabrielle Arrowsmith: Concealed in the Shadows, Released from the Darkness, Reduced to Dust
Cindy Saunders: Double Star
Wonderstruck: Various Authors
B.T. Lyons: Heartkeeper, Heartbound
Jon Messenger: Wind Warrior, Flame Caller, Water Shaper, Earth God
Lauren Nicolle Taylor: The Woodlands, The Wall, The Wounded, The Wanted, The Willful (Woodlands Novella), Nora and Kettle
Holly Kelly: Rising, Descending, Avenging, Raging
Melissa J. Cunningham: Reluctant Guardian, The Elementalist, The Celestine Sword, The Undoer
Erica Kiefer: Lingering Echoes, Rumors, Vanishing Act
Kelly Risser: Never Forgotten, Current Impressions, Always Remembered, Sea of Memories
Sherry Ficklin: Haunting Zoe, Queen of Someday, Queen of Tomorrow, Queen of Always, Playing With Fire, In Too Deep, Digital Horizons
Delsheree Gladden: Wicked Power, Wicked Glory
Neil Harris: The Last Orphan, The Harvest, Enslaved
Amanda Strong: The Awakener, Hidden Monster, Holy and the Fallen, Inner Demons
Michelle K. Pickett: Finding Willow, Unspeakable, Milayna, Milayna’s Angel, The Innocent
K.C. Finn: A Place Halfway
Sandy Goldsworthy: Aftermath, Aftershock, Afterlife
Renee Shearer: The Hunted, The Forsaken
Shannon Maynard: Wicked Luck, Wicked Fate
Tyler Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin: Prodigal, Riven, Extracted
Audrey Greathouse: The Neverland Wars, The Piper’s Price
Jennifer Derrick: Broken Fate, Avenging Fate
Kendra Saunders: Dating an Alien Pop Star, Engaged to an Alien Pop Star
Kristin Smith: Catalyst, Forgotten
Lila Felix: Lightning Forgotten
Jenna-Lynne Duncan: Blue Tide
Nely Cab: Marker of Hope
Crimson Tree Publishing:
Alicia Michaels: Secrets (Bionics 3), Spark (Bionics 4), Flame (Bionics 5), Revolt (Bionics 6), The Resistance, Bellamy and the Brute
Jon Messenger: Brink of Distinction series, Wolves of the Northern Rift, The Blood Thief of Whitten Hall, The Golem of Solomon’s Way
Peggy Martinez: Sweet Contradiction, Perfect Contradiction, Contradiction Cookbook
Ranae Glass: Chasing Daybreak, Chasing Midnight
June Stevens: Voodoo Moon, Changing Moon
Becky Doughty: A Long Way Home
Julie Wetzel: Blazing Moon
Clean Teen and Crimson Tree Publishing:
We have worked with numerous other editors in the past. There hasn’t been one who has stood out from the crowd for us like Cynthia Shepp has. Cynthia’s edits are not only thorough and accurate, but she offers a personal touch by adding simplified grammar lessons along with her edits to help our authors grow. Her professionalism and desire to go the extra mile make her a notch above the rest. We will continue to use Cynthia for our editing services for many years to come!
I highly recommend working with Cynthia for all of your editing needs. She always goes the extra mile and catches things that most others wouldn’t in a manuscript. I find her prices reasonable and her work exceptional. I plan to continue to work with Cynthia on future projects. (New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author)
For anyone reading this and thinking about hiring Cynthia Shepp, let me tell you to stop waffling around and do it. That’s a decision you won’t regret. Her quality of work is so spectacular that she is now my full-time editor. My prose is stronger, my characters more believable, and my stories more plausible because of the fantastic work she has done.
Timely, accurate, professional, and affordable – what more could you ask for?
Like most independent authors, I spent a significant amount of time looking for a quality editor. I tried companies that didn’t live up to my expectation. I found numerous editors who charged far more than Cynthia did but, when compared side by side, Cynthia’s editing work was of a far higher quality.
If you’re looking for an editor, you won’t find a better quality for a better price and a quicker turnaround. Cynthia is absolutely dedicated to providing the highest quality editorial services. Her editing was so impressive that I’ve even hired her to re-edit novels that I’ve already published, just because she makes my work that much better.
If you’re still on the fence or searching for an editor, hire Cynthia. You won’t be disappointed.
Cynthia just finished a manuscript for me, and I cannot even begin to describe how thrilled I am by her work. It was thorough and professionally executed. Her insight into my work was invaluable. I will be using Cynthia for all of my future editing work. I cannot sing her praises loud enough. (USA Today Best-Selling Author)
I lucked out when I found Cynthia to edit my stories. I’ve worked with her on a novella, bonus story materials, and two novels. She’s fantastic to work with, and I appreciate all she does to make a manuscript and my writing as strong as it can be. She’s thorough and willing to offer suggestions like adding an epilogue when needed. I look forward to working with her on more projects! (USA Today Best-Selling Author)
When it comes to editing, Cynthia Shepp is one of the best. I’m first and foremost a storyteller, and I’ll admit my weakness is grammar and its plethora of rules. However, with Cynthia on the job, I can rest easy knowing that her attention to detail will give my manuscript that professional touch it needs. (Bestselling author of The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters.)
Let me start by saying that I have worked with a LOT of editors and Cynthia is hands down the best ever. Not only is she first rate at spotting all those little typos and continuity errors that all authors dread, but her turn around time is nothing short of miraculous. Throughout working with Cynthia, she was always a consummate professional, always keeping me up to date with her progress and, wait for it … she actually delivered the project THREE days earlier than agreed. Cynthia is a truly marvelous editor, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you are an Indie author concerned about finding a diamond in all the murky waters of sub-par editors, I can wholeheartedly say that Cynthia is the real deal. A truly first-rate editor that I will be recommending to all my friends.
I recently received my first manuscript edited by Cynthia Shepp. I was blown away by the quality of her work. Her editing increased the quality of my writing immeasurably. Her rates gave me an incredible return on my investment and she was fast as well. I could not be more satisfied. I plan to use her again and have no hesitation at all recommending her to others. Thank you, Cynthia!
I’ve worked with other editors before Cynthia, but she is the one I will be going back to. Her feedback was extremely helpful and her communication was great. There are many comments already left here which sum up my feelings for working with her, so I’ll just say: they’re right!
Cynthia is a fabulous editor with a really quick turnaround time. She promised dates to me and they were met with no problem. One thing I really liked about her editing was that she would include the reason why she changed some of my grammar errors, thus enabling me to learn from my mistakes and not make them again. I found that super helpful and it was a way of going above and beyond when editing my novel. I can’t wait to have her edit all of my future novels.
Blurb Editing: Cynthia was recommended to myself by my cover designer, and I must say I was more than impressed by the quality and efficiency of her work! I would definitely recommend her services for editing, and I hope to work with her again once my second draft is complete! Wonderful job on my blurb.
Copy/Proof: Cynthia’s work is fantastic. Not only does she pick up on my errors, but she also gives some very helpful direction and feedback. Having Cynthia edit my work has been an educational experience and her feedback is extremely constructive. I would definitely recommend her.
I recently hired Cynthia Shepp to edit my manuscript and to critique my blurb. I was positively thrilled with the results. Not only is Cynthia professional, timely, and affordable, but she was also very much committed to bringing out the best in both. I have learned so much from the experience, and I truly believe she has helped me become a better writer. For anyone looking for an editor, I cannot recommend her strongly enough. We have already begun discussing my next project, and I am very much looking forward to working with her in the future. Cynthia, you are fabulous!
Cynthia is fabulous–efficient, professional, and affordable. She met my high expectations on a tight schedule and was delightful to work with. She explains her reasons behind every suggestion (which is a big value to the flighty, anal retentive, worrywarts such as myself). I cannot recommend her enough and will definitely hire her again!
I have been fortunate enough to have three of my short stories chosen to be in Cynthia’s Anthologies. Through the course of being chosen, I have also had the opportunity to be exposed to her editing abilities. She is exactly what a writer is looking for in an editor! She is thorough, detailed, knowledgeable and interactive. She is looking to make your manuscript the best it can be not only when it comes to correcting the grammar and punctuation, but also the flow and content. She is definitely my first choice when my next novel is finished, and I have complete confidence in her ability to make me shine!
Best. Editor. Ever. Seriously. She is fast, good, and friendly. She does an excellent job, without taking your voice out of your work.
If you are thinking of hiring an editor, you can’t do better than Cynthia. A consummate professional, she is thorough, prompt, and a joy to work with. I can’t envision trusting my future manuscripts to anyone else, and you shouldn’t either!
Cynthia edited a short story for me, and I was thrilled with the results. I had thought that the story was well written, having carefully gone over it numerous times. Cynthia’s edits amazed me. She made my work shine. She made rough sections flow beautifully. She suggested changes that made the story better without changing my meaning. Her comments explaining various issues throughout the story were very clear and extremely helpful. I was blown away. Her work is impeccable and her prices are very reasonable. I will never publish another book or story without hiring Cynthia to edit it.
Carrie Avery Moriarty:
Cynthia was great in editing my short story. She was concise in her changes, never making the story deviate from the original, and helped me present a better finished project. If she was unsure of my intentions, she asked for clarification. This was helpful because I was able to see where a reader would question what I had written. I couldn’t ask for a better editor for my work.
Cynthia Shepp’s skills are top-notch. She has an extensive knowledge about the genre and age range for which my book was intended and gave clear, concise guidance on areas of concern. She has an eagle eye when it comes to finding punctuation, spelling, and grammatical mistakes. No matter how many times I’ve read my book or had it read by others, Cynthia was able to spot the places we missed.
Best of all, Cynthia is a dream to work with. She was clear in her communication and remained true to her word on expectations and process, delivering her services in a timely manner. I spent a lot of time researching editors and her previous/current clients were all unified in their satisfaction. Like them, I couldn’t be happier.
I cannot thank Cynthia enough! She is an amazing editor who goes above and beyond for her clients. She is a real find. Quick, kind, and a consummate professional. You will not be disappointed!
I have worked with Cynthia Shepp on my last four books, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. As a perfectionist, I require two things from my editorial team: accuracy and reliability.
Cynthia does an amazing job editing. One of the most consistent compliments my books get is that they are well edited. That is thanks to Cynthia’s critical eye and firm grasp of grammatical rules. Not only will she make a change, but she cites why the change was made, and even includes online links so you can see—and understand—for yourself.
Second, with such a tight publishing schedule, I have to have someone reliable, and Cynthia is just that. She tells you upfront when she can have your project done, and then she delivers on or before that date. That quality is priceless to me, and it helps me meet all my deadlines.
I highly recommend Cynthia for all your editing needs. Seriously, she’s amazing. Stop reading this now and get in touch with her. I mean it.
(Author of The Scourge, a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist)
Cynthia did an excellent job proofreading my novel, The Fire Sisters. She was timely, professional, detailed, and always available for questions. She even taught me a few tips and tricks to make my next manuscript better. I highly recommend her!
Cynthia is awesome! She is very professional, and I love that she lets you know why something is incorrect so you can learn from it. Highly recommend!
I am getting ready to release the second book in my new adult romance series. I was struggling with the blurb. I’d had some help, but couldn’t come up with what I really envisioned for the book. I asked for a critique here in the forum, and she reached out to me. I went to her website and saw her prices are super reasonable, so I hired her for the job. Let me tell you, she is spectacular to work with. She started the same day and after only going back and forth a few times, I had the perfect blurb. She took what I had, which wasn’t great, and turned it into something entirely different. It was like she had read the book, even though she hadn’t. I am amazed.
If I could give one piece of advice to all writers out there it’s this: Invest in your blurb. It is your sales pitch. Your cover garners initial attention and interest, but the blurb is what potential readers use to make their final decision. For just $35 (actually $30 because I received a discount for having her re-vamp the blurb for the first book in the series) she provided me an awesome blurb.
Best part yet, she is lovely to work with. Super responsive with a quick turn around.
(No Refunds… No Exceptions.)
I always recommend that authors send the manuscript to betas after editing. No manuscript will ever be 100% perfect. Betas can help find those stray errors before publication. They are a valuable asset.
Is there anything better than falling in love with a new book? How about falling in love with a whole new series?
Well, here’s an awesome opportunity for you! Now you can get to know the New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance series by #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbra Freethy as part of a fun publicity event. Each Callaway novel is filled with romance, suspense, and adventure. You can read all 8 books in the Callaway series for free (or, if you choose, you can give the series a try by reading just the first book, or you can host a guest post or interview instead—there’s lots of options). How cool is that?!
The event will run from April 6 to April 11 and will celebrate the strong women in our lives with guest posts and interviews from the author, Callaway excerpts, and–of course–your reviews! We’ll have lots of prizes to give away too, including Amazon gift cards, autographed books, and Callaway swag!
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About On A Night Like This, Book #1 of the Callaway Series
About the Author
Today we have an exclusive excerpt from USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s newest Dukes of War regency romance: The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress!
The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
Jon Messenger- $10 Amazon Gift Card
Amanda Strong- Signed Copy of The Awakener (US Only- International will get The Awakener e-book) & a Hidden Monster Necklace
Kelly Risser- Signed copy of Never Forgotten (US Only- International will get Current Impressions e-book) and a Swag Pack (includes postcard and ribbon charm bookmark)
Julie Wetzel- Signed copy of Kindling Flames- Gathering Tinder (US Only- International will get Kindling Flames- Flying Sparks e-book) and a Bookmark.
Michelle Pickett- Milayna Swag Pack and a print copy of Finding Willow (US Only- International will receive an e-book ARC of Unspeakable.)
Angela J. Townsend- eBook Prize pack including Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, Moonflower and River of Bones.
Jennifer Anne Davis- eBook Prize pack including The Key, Red and War.
N.W. Harris- Signed copy of The Last Orphans (US Only- International will get The Last Orphans e-book) and a bookmark.
Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels- Signed copy of Project ELE (US Only- International will get The entire ELE Series in e-book format) and a signed bookmark.
Sandy Goldsworthy- Swag Pack- postcard and ribbon charm bookmark.
Alicia Michaels- Autographed copy of The Bionics (US Only- International will receive The Bionics Boxed Set, digital format) and a bookmark.
Sherry Ficklin- Swag Pack!
Peggy Martinez- Audio book for Sweet Contradiction.
Holly Kelly- Autographed copy of Rising (US Only- International will receive Rising and Descending in digital format).
Lauren Nicolle Taylor- The Wounded iPhone 5 phone case! (International)
Erica Kiefer- Signed copy of Lingering Echoes (US Only- International will receive a digital copy of Lingering Echoes) and a bookmark
Sherry D. Ficklin- Losing Logan Audio Book
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Our team at Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing has a big reason to celebrate! We just signed our 65th Title! That’s big news for our company after just celebrating our one-year anniversary a few months back. To celebrate, we are giving away not one, but two $65 Amazon Gift Cards (or Paypal Cash)! We decided one wasn’t enough so Clean Teen Publishing will be giving away one and Crimson Tree Publishing is giving away the other.
Here is the big list of our 65 titles in alphabetical order:
A Place Halfway, Aftermath, Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, Burden of Sisyphus, Concealed in the Shadows, Current Impressions, Descending, Double Star, Ending ELE, Exposing ELE, Fall of Icarus, Finding ELE, Flame, Flame Caller, Haunting Zoe, Hidden Monster, Kindling Flames (Flying Sparks), Kindling Flames (Gathering Tinder), Last Orphans, Leighton’s Summer, Lingering Echoes, Losing Logan, Moonflower, Never Forgotten, Night Marchers, Project ELE, Purge of Prometheus, Queen of Someday, Red, Redemption, Released from the Darkness, Reluctant Guardian, Rising, River of Bones, Rumors, Secrets, Smoke Rising, Spark, Surviving ELE, Sweet Contradiction, The Awakener, The Bionics, The Eye of Tanub, The Hunted, The Key, The Mind’s Eye, The Power to See, The Wall, The Wanted, The Woodlands, The Wounded, Titanium, Unspeakable, Voodoo Moon, War, Water Shaper, Wicked Glory, Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wind Warrior, Wolves of the Northern Rift, Wonderstruck, Worlds Between, Worlds Entwined, Worlds Undone
Here is the big list of our 65 titles in Mr. Squirrel’s order:
Now it’s time to enter the giveaway! This giveaway runs through September 30 2014. Good Luck!
*PRICES COULD CHANGE AT ANY MOMENT! ALWAYS CHECK FIRST!*
Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s The Dark-Hunters (The Collection Thus Far)
TWENTY-THREE books for $19.99. That is an unbelievable savings of something like $120 dollars if bought separately. Amazing series!
Fantasy Lover, Night Pleasures, Night Embrace, Dance with the Devil, Kiss of the Night, Night Play, Seize the Night, Sins of the Night, Unleash the Night, Dark Side of the Moon, The Dream-Hunter, Devil May Cry, Upon the Midnight Clear, Dream Chaser, Acheron, One Silent Night, Dream Warrior, Bad Moon Rising, No Mercy, Retribution, The Guardian, Time Untime, and The Dark-Hunter Companion.
NEW RELEASE FOR $2.99: Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection
Welcome to a world where space travel by the common man is as normal as getting on a plane, life has been discovered on other planets, humans travel light-years to find their soul mates, technology exists along the lines that we have only imagined, and a passport will take you anywhere.
Stardust… where love has no boundaries and worlds are just waiting to be discovered.
Ten different authors. Ten tales of fantastical love. Ten different ways to discover the stars.
INCLUDES: Zero by Rene Folsom, ISAAC by Michael Loring, World Wide Gone by Bart Hopkins, Life Companion by M.L. Ryan, Born Ready by Katheryn Van Pelt, Show Me by Magen McMinimy, New Eden by Eaton Thomas Palmer, Love Forgotten by Stephanie Summers, What Happens on Destiny 2… by Tara Moeller, and Brandy by Carrie Avery Moriarty.
SALES & NEW RELEASES $2.99 & UNDER:
$0.99: Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST ($2.00 off!)
Eleven different authors, one main idea, and worlds that will TWIST your imagination…
$2.99: Stalkers: A Collection of Thriller Stories ($1.00 off!)
Seventeen authors. Seventeen tales of terror. Infinite nightmares.
$0.99: Legacy Code (Legacy Code Saga) ($2.00 off!)
The last humans fled a dying Earth 300 years ago, but there was something they couldn’t leave behind: the Legacy Code. Every colonist in the fleet carries mangled genes that damage the unborn, and half of all pregnancies must be terminated.
The day Era Corinth is supposed to find out if her baby has the Defect, her ship suffers a hull breach. And it may not have been an accident. As the investigation unfolds, Era begins to question everything she’s been taught about the fleet, their search for a new Earth, and the Defect. But the answers she seeks were never meant to be found…
$0.99: A Life Less Broken
***CONTAINS DISTRESSING CONTENT. 18+***
On a day like any other, Allyn Sommers went off to work, not knowing that her life was about to be irrevocably and horrifically altered.
Three years later, Allyn is still a prisoner in her own home held captive by harrowing fear. Broken and damaged, Allyn seeks help from someone that fate brought her.
Dr. Dominic Shriver is a psychiatrist who’s drawn to difficult cases. He must push past his own personal battles to help Allyn fight her monsters and nightmares.
Is Dr. Shriver the answer to her healing?
Can Allyn overcome the broken?
At a freshman party she doesn’t remember…Jess Jordan was almost raped.
…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she’s better. Over it. Because she is….Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.
Unfortunately, until Jess proves she’s back to normal activities, her parents won’t discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life.
Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend
…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.
Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won’t cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.
$2.99: Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts) (New Release from Cassia Leo)
Sometimes, it takes more than love to mend a shattered heart.
After eight years of being tossed around from one home to another, never forming any meaningful friendships or bonds with her foster families, Claire’s caseworker gives her an ultimatum: Behave or your next home will be a halfway house.
When fifteen-year-old Claire arrives at the home of Jackie Knight and meets Jackie’s fifteen-year-old son, tattooed guitarist Chris, she fears she’ll be seeing the inside of that halfway house soon. But Chris isn’t like any other guy Claire has ever encountered and he soon gains her trust through his music and unwavering patience.
Claire has finally found her forever home and she and Chris soon find themselves falling in love.
But Chris’s dreams of musical stardom and Claire’s need for a stable home soon put their love in jeopardy. Chris struggles deeply with his plans for the future, entirely reluctant to leave Claire behind; until Claire does something that may break their love — and the only home she’s comes to know — forever.
$2.99: Through Time-Compulsion (New Release from Claudy Con)
A new threat has entered the mix and once again the Fae find themselves in a position where they have to break their own rule and interfere in the Human Realm.
The Dark Princes, Pestale and Hordly find an ally and both Frankie and Graely’s love and devotion is challenged.
Will hope, love and courage be victorious?
$2.99: Whispering Wishes (New Release from Jennifer Miller)
Be careful what you wish for…
Normally, Aspen Edwards will do anything for her free-spirited best friend, Mischa, but this feels like a bit much. The plan is simple, all Aspen has to do is write down a few affirmations and recite them during the New Moon. But as skeptical as Aspen is, a promise is a promise. So, she whispers each wish to the universe, pondering the possibilities of “what if.” Who wouldn’t want a promotion at work, a new home, or to become an irresistible sex goddess?
But Aspen’s luck doesn’t change with the wishes, or the wind. Each of her whispered prayers produces disaster. She gets fired. Her car breaks down. She gets kicked out of her house. And of course there is the crap icing on the cake of doom, falling for flirtatious and sexy, Wes, who sees her as nothing more than his “little sis”. It might not be so bad if his house weren’t the only place she had to go.
Unbeknownst to her, the universe has a few tricks up its sleeve, and Aspen’s bad luck streak might just be putting her right where she needs to be!
$0.99: Love, Chocolate, and Beer (Cactus Creek) ($3.00 off!) Violet Duke
Luke Bradford is a chocolatier on a mission. After moving his chocolate shop, and newly single life, to the quirky town of Cactus Creek, Luke wants nothing more than to devote all his energy into making his business a success–by taking the romance market by storm. But his grand plans get thrown for a loop when he locks horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door who calls his ‘romantic idealism’ a load of fairytale bull. Soon, driving the woman sparking nuts becomes another wickedly fun priority he simply can’t get enough of.
In his defense, she’s addictively easy to incite…and plain impossible to resist.
Beloved local brewmaster Dani Dobson is beyond riled up. It’s bad enough the new shop owner in town comes locked and loaded with both a distractingly rugged charm and sexy flashing dimples, but the whole only-in-the-movies variety of romance he’s selling–the kind her world has been crushed by before–is really doing a number on her allergy to unrealistic clichés. What’s worse, he’s created an annoyingly clever ad campaign that dubs ‘beer joints’ like hers as the “cave where romance goes to hibernate.” The nerve of that man.
Combustible chemistry or not, damn it, this means war. The stakes…very likely, her heart.
$2.99: The Power to See (New Release) Jennifer Anne Davis
At first glance, twenty-two-year-old Brianna’s life seems perfect. But she harbors a deadly secret—her father is the leader of a ruthless drug cartel. Brianna struggles to find her place in a world her father meticulously controls, and believes she is nothing but a pawn in her father’s deadly games.
After graduating from college with an enormous debt, Dominic finds himself lured by money and power into a job that appears too good to be true. He doesn’t realize he works for a drug cartel until he’s in too deep. Trying to keep his family safe, he takes a deal offered by Brianna’s father and agrees to marry Brianna while continuing to work for the cartel.
Brianna and Dominic must rely on one another as their lives become further entwined in the lethal drug world. When Dominic discovers a deadly secret, he begins to question everything and turns to Brianna for support. However, Brianna’s heart belongs to another man—an undercover DEA agent.
The DEA closes in on the drug cartel, forcing Brianna and Dominic to choose sides, igniting a battle between family loyalty, love, and survival. Brianna soon realizes that she may be the only person capable of bringing down her father’s empire—if she can find a way to outsmart the master manipulator, without losing herself, and her heart, in the process.
$0.99: The Intern: Vol. 1 (New Release) Brooke Cumberland
She’s sexy, fierce, and a loud-mouthed know-it-all…and she’s completely off limits.
Cecilia isn’t your typical college student. Hell, she isn’t a college student at all, but that doesn’t stop her from applying for one of the biggest and prestigious enterprises in the Midwest.
She wants it. She takes it.
She doesn’t let anything get in her way when it comes to finding out the truth.
When Bentley Leighton, soon-to-be CEO of Leighton Enterprises, meets “Ceci,” he’s instantly impressed. He doesn’t have time to train a new intern. However, when he sees her that first day, his intentions begin to change.
He’s the boss. She’s the intern.
Nothing can happen. It’s against the company rules.
Then again, rules were made to be broken.
What starts as innocent flirting becomes raveled up into so much more–secrets, lies, deceit.
$0.99: The Lost Centurion (The Immortals) (New Release) Monica La Porta
Marcus has sworn to avenge his wife’s death—even if it takes an eternity to hunt down the vampire who murdered her. Once a Roman Centurion, Marcus is now immortal and, for the past two thousand years, impervious to human emotions. Until the night he rescues Diana…
Diana knew nothing of the paranormal world until her transformation into a vampling, a newborn vampire entirely reliant for survival upon the distant and seemingly emotionless Centurion, who found her in the throes of changing. Her protector turned her without her consent, but at his untimely death, she becomes the distant and cold immortal’s responsibility.
The entire vampire community is determined to kill Marcus as he protects one of their own. While Marcus and Diana travel the Italian countryside, being chased by their enemies, Marcus must choose between avenging his dead wife or saving Diana from the same vampire who ruined his life. Will the power of love win over his desire for revenge? Bewitched by the Amalfi moon, he soon discovers life might still surprise him.
When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding, Mia Devine wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity. But her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, so Mia grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of her luxurious Paris honeymoon—alone.
She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.
The easygoing bartender’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.
Nor is the simultaneous O.
The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy la vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with Lucas is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.
Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?
$0.99: The Seduction (New Release) Roxy Sloane
ADULT CONTENT WARNING: 18+ ONLY.
I’m your darkest secret. Your dirtiest fantasy. Who am I? The Seducer. And I’ve never lost a case. Until her.
***Part 1 of a filthy, seductive new serial. Part 2 out June 12th***
$2.99: Sea of Love (Bachelor Billionaire #1) (New Release) Sharon Cummin
Gavin was a handsome billionaire bachelor. He needed some time away to relax, when he decided to take a vacation with four of his closest friends.
Becky had just ended a seventeen year relationship with a man who refused to commit. She packed up and moved for a fresh start in a new town and scheduled a wonderful seven day cruise to kick off her new life.
When Gavin saw Becky on the ship, he was immediately intrigued. They found that they were both there to relax and renew, before jumping back into everyday life.
They agreed to a full week of fun in the sun, with no strings attached. The deal was no detailed conversation, just steamy romance, fun, and relaxation for the length of the cruise. When the trip was over, they would both walk away knowing nothing personal about the other.
Would it be as easy as they thought to let each other go?
When something happened to force their paths to cross again, would they be able to handle it?
Would they be able to walk away from their feelings a second time, or would the pull that they felt for each other be too strong to fight?
$0.99: I Married a Bear: A BBW Paranormal Shifter Romance (New Release) A.T. Mitchell
He’s the big bad Alpha husband she never wanted. She’s a sharp tongued tigress with really dangerous curves.
Laura Hisch can’t believe she’s marrying him. Him!
She’s not cut out for the brutish, tough talking, tattooed head of the Denali werebear clan. If only she wasn’t bound by a pesky old treaty with an arranged marriage clause…
One look at the voluptuous lady from Tiger Bay drives James Roark insane. Obsession, passion, and hunger only have one cure. He’s got to make the sweet stubborn werecat at the altar his wife for real.
If only he knew marriage is just a ruse for her real mission. Get close to him, find his weakness, and then give Tiger Bay everything it needs to drive the bears away once and for all.
Easy, right? Wrong. Yielding her heart to this bad boy means betrayal, and either James or her clan are going to pay big time.
Will James turn a sham marriage into something beautiful – or will loving Laura lead to all out war? And if that’s not complicated enough, there’s a jealous female werebear standing by to make sure these fated mates never become one.
Today we are going to talk about something that makes me…
Laugh every single time I see it. Not because I am laughing at the person who wrote it… Nope! It is because I am so guilty of shuddering when I see it, but saying it when I am talking. I blame it on being southern. Actually, I blame a lot of what comes out of my mouth on living in Alabama. Not that it is actually Alabama’s fault.
Seriously, if you could hear me talk sometimes, you might wonder why in the world you would put your manuscript in my hands. I admit it. However, talking is nothing like editing. It is not throwing your hands up in frustration and telling your kids, “You are acting like you ain’t got no sense!” (I’m so guilty of that one.) Editing is work, just like any other. Talking is just words that come out of your mouth. Sometimes you think about them, and sometimes you don’t. Regardless, I am getting off subject.
Ok, back to the topic at hand.
I will make this easy on you with pictures and everything.
DRAG is the present tense. It means to pull something, as well as a lot of other stuff that we don’t really care about right now. For this Random Editing Fact, to pull something is all we need to know.
First off, this picture made me laugh out loud.
The caveman drags the girl from the cave.
The caveman is dragging the girl from the cave.
The caveman dragged the girl from the cave.
The caveman drug the girl from the cave.
This picture made me laugh even harder…
And that’s it, people. Always dragged and never drug. It is as easy as that.