Author: Michelle

Round two of price rises versus imposter syndrome: making a decision about pricing

It has taken several days of research, namely checking what prices other editors charge, but I have finally decided on my new pricing structure. While it doesn’t quite stretch to the recommended minimum rates suggested by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders or the Editorial Freelancers Association, it is a massive step forward for me. One of the trickiest aspects (I think anyway) about being a freelancer is deciding what to charge. It’s about finding the balance between what a freelancer needs to earn to be sustainable while considering the restrictions posed by the market they have chosen to...

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Round one of price rises versus Imposter Syndrome: Recognising the symptoms

There’s nothing quite like receiving a letter from the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) to encourage you (well, me) to address the issue of pricing. I have been mentioning raising my prices to just about every client for the past two years (and have received some great author/client perspective on this), but haven’t, as yet, been brave enough to put any price rises into action. It is, however, crunch time for me, and I can no longer avoid it. I am an editor, but I’m primarily a ‘stay-at-home’ mum, and carer to two boys with Autism. Of recent, I was...

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Charon Unguarded by Anna H. Johnstone

by Anna H. Johnstone Genres: Mythology, Occult & Supernatural Buy on Amazon Charon was once the Ferryman of the Underworld. Now he’s the doorman of a disused office block. If only the old Gods hadn’t lost that drunken bet all those centuries ago, things would be very different. For a start, Ragnarök probably wouldn’t be on its way. Ra is looking for a way of escaping the mortal realm, but there’s something about his plans he isn’t telling everyone. Maybe Charon is the only one who’s noticed. He certainly seems to be the only one who cares. But can...

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A Dangerous Game by Madeline Dyer

A Dangerous Game (Untamed Series) by Madeline Dyer Buy on Amazon Goodreads A standalone novel from the Untamed world… LOVE WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE EASY. All her life, Keelie Lin-Sykes has known what she wants: to protect her brother and sisters by killing as many of the soulless Enhanced Ones as she can. Oh, and to have fun while she’s doing it. After all, hiding in a secret Untamed community, while the group’s Seer warns them of danger, shouldn’t mean that life can only be serious, right? But, when a face from her past suddenly–and secretly–shows up, Keelie’s...

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Year end summary and scheduling for 2018

I am in the process of planning my diary and availability for next year, so this is a call for provisional bookings, to try and pre-empt which months you will need and avoid you waiting in a three-four month queue for me to start. From next year, I will only be editing three manuscripts a month. This is to allow me time to work on my own novel and other projects (I do four-six books a month at the present time, be it a first/last read through, or the actual edit). To date, in three years, I have edited 94 books,...

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