The Joys of Editing

Christine Plouvier addresses the joys (!) of editing a novel here…read it and you will know why I’m always looking for terrific beta readers. If you think you could be one (an intelligent reader who provides honest feedback on a polished draft) , let me know. Krishna’s Counsel, my second novel, metaphysical crime fiction, set in both India and Manhattan, will be ready for beta readers before long…

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Pencil_broken_in_halfWriting gurus repeatedly issue august pronouncements, such as, “Professional editing is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.” The perception seems to be that “Indie Author” means “Independently wealthy but foolishly stingy dilettante scribbler.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

The going rate for editing is 1½ to 2 cents (that’s $0.015 to $0.02 USD) per word, paid in advance. Depending on whose counter is used, IrishFirebrands clocks in at 196,131 to 199,230 words. Anyone can do the math, even without a calculator. The editing fee would be on top of three years of writing labor without pay (plus research expenses); and, mind you, this is for a service that bears the caveat that no guarantee or warranty will be made as to the subsequent merchantability of the manuscript.

Slide1This writer happens to be a pensioner who is living far below the poverty line, and hiring an editor would…

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