If you’ve read my past editorials at SFRQ, you’ll know that I have always been an independent/self-publishing advocate. I believe that independent publishing offers avenues for other and less common voices to be heard and that readers are hungry for stories from different perspectives. You only need to see the number of highly popular series coming out places like Netflix, Hulu, HBO (and now, Amazon!) to know that “independence” and “popularity” aren’t mutually exclusive. Could you have imagined one of the regular network channels producing The Sopranos, The Wire or Breaking Bad? And let’s not even mention Game of Thrones!
As a result of their tremendous and innovative work, nobody throws brickbats at Hulu, HBO or Netflix anymore, but people still disparage independently-published books. And, unfortunately, one flaw that dogs such books is the editorial quality of the prose. In a nutshell, there ain’t any.
The “independent networks” discovered that they could compete with the Big Boys if they had the same production values as the competition. Pair that with compelling writing and you have a winner on your hands. It’s something that the independent networks have learned, but something that I think still needs to happen across the independent publishing landscape as well.
Which brings me to the focus of this post. Finally. 🙂 Besides being the Chief Editor of SFRQ for three years, and a writer of SFR for ten, I’ve also been a technical writer and editor for…oh dear…more than 30 years. I feel so old having said that. LOL Despite this amount of experience, I have never thought that I could publish my own books without any kind of editorial help, which is why you’ll see two other names in the back matter of my books. They’re my editors.
I’d like to throw their (and my) expertise open to you. J’s and my business, Challis Tower, is now taking on clients for its editorial services. While most other freelance editorial services offer one editor, we’re offering…three! That’s right. Three editors for the price of one.
There are a couple of caveats. One, we only offer two packages in order to keep the team’s process (and this process spans continents!) flowing as smoothly as possible:
- Our Manuscript Critique service involves two editors, of which I’m one
- Our standard (and only) Editing Package involves three editors, of which I’m one
The other caveat is that we’re currently only open to writers with manuscripts in the following genres:
- Science/speculative fiction
- Science fiction romance
- Science fiction with romantic elements
If you’ve decided to take the independent path of publishing, then it’s up to you to make your story as flawless as possible. The better the quality, the more appreciative your readership. And here’s an opportunity to run your prose past three editors, all of whom have editorial experience in the SF/SFR genres.
If you’re interested in having your manuscript looked over by up to three editors at a single rate, or if you have any questions, you can go to the Challis Tower Services page or drop me a line at editing #at% ChallisTowerBooks #dot& com
We’d love to hear from you!
Kaz and the gang at Challis Tower