Freelance writer, editor, and publisher
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I have operated, promoted, edited, and funded Leaf Garden Press for several years. We've published twelve issues of a literature and arts journal and upwards of 10 collections of poetry. All LGP publications were designed and edited by a small volunteer staff and myself. Likewise, I help other small presses with their book designs and publication through Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, Lulu, and Amazon's CreateSpace.
My personal publication credits include three books (not including 30+ ghostwritten books), several anthologies, and about 40-50 appearances in online and print magazines.
I'm seeking opportunities to branch out and work with new clients as well as to network with other like-minded individuals that are interested in the publishing industry, especially those that prefer self-publishing and it's benefits over traditional publishing.
I do my best to make myself available to my clients on a regular schedule of 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday, the same hours I typically handle my workload.
Publishing and formatting services:
My specialty are print and ebook formats and helping with the publication process. I'm extremely proficient with Amazon's CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, and Lulu. I may be able to help you with other platforms as well.
Kindle Direct Publishing will have your eBook released on the Amazon Kindle store. Smashwords will distribute your book to Apple (iBooks), Barnes and Noble (Nook), Kobo, Sony, and many other retailers. This keeps the process simpler than trying to submit the book to each retailer individually.
CreateSpace and Lulu are print-on-demand services for folks that want to publish their books in print formats and sell them via retailers like Amazon.
My suggestion for publishing a book is generally going to be the following: format the ebook for the best compatibility between devices possible, creating a version for Smashwords and a version for Kindle Direct Publishing. This high-compatibility formatting and the use of these two platforms will mean that your book will be available for almost any device that reads ebooks, and the ebook will appear relatively consistently regardless of the app/device being use to read it.
For the print edition, I generally suggest Amazon's CreateSpace. This is the most direct route to having your print book sold via Amazon, the world's largest online retailer of books.
Please note that while I can help put a cover into an appropriate format for your needs, such as making sure it prints correctly or meets the specifications set by eBook retailers, I generally recommend seeking cover design services elsewhere.
For editing and proofreading, I suggest the use of Microsoft Word's track changes features or the use of commenting/annotations for PDFs. This allows you to personally review my suggestions or changes and decide if you agree with them or not. Edits and proofreading include checking sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, formatting errors, and much more.
For very large projects, I almost always do a preliminary read and create a list of common mistakes or troubled areas that I address with the writer first, which gives me a strong advantage during the actual editing process. I pride myself on sticking behind my work, and I am always happy to discuss your project and my edits (even if I've already been paid).
Are your confused or unsure what you really need? No worries! I offer free consultation on any publishing projects. I'll go as far as taking a look at your book or other projects and tell you my initial thoughts on what your project needs and what I suggest. So even if you don't hire me, I can happily point you in the right direction and help educate you about the process.
I typically charge $15-$20 per hour, but I will always be willing to give you a flat rate quote before we begin. For a quote, all I need to see is your book as it stands and a general idea of what services you require. If needed, I can sign a non-disclosure agreement.
I never charge for any administrative time, such as email/general consultation. In exchange, I ask that clients work with me via email, Upwork messages, or Skype text messages rather than over the phone/video chat. This makes it easy for me to go back and read our exchanges, which helps me give the best possible service and means everything is "on the record."
When you have a tight budget, please feel free to mention this. I can sometimes be flexible on my rates, especially if you can be flexible on the deadline.
Likewise, if you have a specific deadline, please feel free to mention this as well.
Thanks for your consideration!
Is there anything I haven't covered here? Simply contact me, and there's a good chance I can help you or know someone that can.