Editing

Editing

A world-leading researcher, a contributor to one of my books, said:

June, you can come and work for me anytime.” In amazement, I asked: “Why?” He responded: “Because you get the job done.”

Reasons to employ me as your editor:

  • I get the job done
  • You are free to focus on other commitments
  • You do not have to learn the skills required to write a book — you know what you want the content to be but you don’t have to know how to make it happen
  • If there are gaps in your resources or memories, I will identify them and find a way to fill them
  • I will deliver a polished manuscript
  • If you proceed to publish your manuscript, you retain 100 percent of the rights to your book

 

Editing Starter Pack

Includes:
  • One face-to-face (in person/Skype/FaceTime) session comprising two-to-three hours; followup email and calls to check facts, check and edit the first draft, and create a final draft of your 2500 word life story.
  • Your story will be emailed to you as a PDF file. You may wish to keep it for yourself; print for family and close others, or submit for publication in journals and collections.

The Starter Pack illustrates what the life writing story process involves. It helps clarify whether taking on the novella (Standard Pack) and book-length (Premium Pack) are indeed something you wish to undertake.

This first package may achieve your goal in capturing what you want to express about a particular life-changing event. This may be due to love, friendship, travel, success … it may also be a yearning borne from loss, hardship, illness, which may make you feel vulnerable. Please know that I offer my clients safety in exploring such tender areas of life experience. For more than a decade I have specialized in working with people in this capacity and my Ph.D. focus was on using life writing as a self-healing and therapeutic tool.

 

Editing Standard Pack

Includes:
  • Five face-to-face (in person/Skype/FaceTime) sessions, each comprising two to three hours; followup email and calls to check facts, check and edit the first and second drafts, and create a final draft of your 30,000-word life story.
  • Your story will be emailed to you as a PDF file. You may wish to keep it for yourself; print for family and close others, or submit for publication in journals and collections.

 

Editing Premium Package

Writing a book can consume thousands of hours, and this is why editing can seem expensive. However, your book will be priceless to you and to all for whom the subject has meaning. Because the hours involved in producing a professional-standard manuscript can be countless, I offer a flat fee structure so that you know you are paying a set amount in return for a defined book of a certain size and scope. Extras can be negotiated, of course, but the basic agreement offers a clear path for achieving your goal.

Includes:
  • A series of initial interviews, face-to-face (in person/Skype/FaceTime), a total of five-to-eight hours
  • 30-40 hours of original research, fact checking, mapping of story content, reading
  • A series of second-round interviews, this time as follow-ups to check things like facts, translation, and context, up to five hours
  • A first draft manuscript based on work so far
  • Two to three rounds of revisions with set times for feedback, and redrafting of the manuscript
  • Final manuscript, with a set timeframe for last-minute checking
  • Your story will be emailed to you as a PDF file. You may wish to keep it for yourself; print for family and close others, or submit for publication
  • If you proceed to publish your manuscript, you retain 100 percent of the rights to your book