Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Welcome to my shingle-hanging announcement, folks! As of today, I’m open for business as an editor of indie books destined for publication on Amazon et al.
I’m calling the operation Indie-Scribable. Indie for the indie part, and “scribable” for scribes. Clever, eh?
Come on over and have a look at my brand-spanking-new website.
I haven’t talked about it on the blog, but for most of my career I was an editor. I started at a medical publisher back in St. Louis, copyediting three or four different journals — such learned organs as Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and, my favorite, the Journal of Enterostomal Therapy! Oh joy.
After that I was managing editor of the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, and then the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Yes, I paid my dues in the trenches of dense scholarly writing, but talk about attention to detail! It’s sobering to realize that if you make an editing error, someone could die.
The point is, I have sterling credentials. And, having now self-published three novels and a story collection, I’d like to use my editorial skills to help other indie authors put out nice, clean books that do them, and all indie authors, proud.
I’ll be offering my proofreading and copyediting services at an affordable rate.
In my research on where to land price-wise, I was astonished at what many editors are charging. It’s a definite deterrent to having your book professionally polished, and I’m talking totals with a K in them (as in $3K and up).
If you’re like me as an indie author, you understand that you’re not likely to earn $3K on your novel. You’re not likely to earn $1K on your book, and that means you’re in the red from the get-go. Add up your costs for cover design and formatting, and there’s little or nothing left for promotion. That’s where your cash can make a real difference.
But the problem is that writers who forego professional editing often wind up publishing books with lots of errors in them, which peeves readers but also gives indie authors a bad name. We need to do something about that if we’re ever going to get good critical attention, and as a matter of fact Amazon is starting to label books with quality issues and to remove them until the issues are fixed.
Trust me: You don’t want your book labeled “poor quality.”
If you’re in need of professional proofreading or copyediting for your fiction or non-fiction manuscript, go to Indie-Scribable and have a look around. I’ll be offering a special rate to my first three clients, so hop on over soon. Every client, by the way, will get a free ebook version of one of my novels when we’re finished with the project.
So please spread the word. Like selling books, this endeavor will depend heavily on the testimonials of friends and cohorts.
Contact me directly with questions: kevinbrennan520(at)gmail(dot)com.
And if you know someone who might be interested in my services, feel free to shoot them this pdf that leads them in the right direction.