Our main area of expertise lies within: Young/New Adult (all genres); Fantasy; Science Fiction; History; and Paranormal, including vampire, werewolf and other shifter stories.
Although we have specialised in LGBT-related stories, we are always willing to provide any of our services in different genres.
The services we can provide range from beta reading to edits to proofreading to book reviews. A more detailed description of these services can be found below.
Beta Reading (or critique partner)
This means that, (usually) before the story gets send to an editor, we can provide general feedback on the story. In other words, we read with the sole purpose of finding and improving story elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting.
Story elements we would highlight are things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability (are the actions and decisions of the characters in line with those characters; does the setting remain consistent throughout the story).
Content editing contains four stages and is by far the most extensive form of editing a written piece of work can go through.
It starts with Structural Edits where we reorganise content so that the story flows smoothly and to ensure that there is a coherent structure. This might require deleting or adding text to ensure the storyline is maintained and to ensure that the required length is obtained.
This process is followed by the Content Edits. This step looks to correct any errors in grammar, punctuation, capitalisation, font formatting, and spacing. We also look to ensure consistency of pronouns, tenses, language (American/British English) and check for plagiarism.
Although we expect that authors have fact checked their story, we use the content edits to recheck facts and opinions. The last step in this part of the process is ensuring that the relation between title and content is accurate, modifying the title if necessary.
The third stage, Style Edits, is only relevant for those authors who are looking to publish via a publisher, rather than self-publishing, as this aims to ensure that the elements (such as layout) in the story meet the publishers in-house style. Therefore, the third stage is not provided by us; this will be provided by the publisher's in-house or freelance editors.
The fourth stage is Proofreading. During this stage we recheck the entire text to correct any errors that might have been missed during the first two stages.
There is some overlap here with the edits performed by a Content Editor: we improve the formatting, style, and accuracy of text. But, unlike content editing, copy editing does not necessarily involve changing the content of the text. We will do some minimal rewriting but this is more for the sake of efficiency, not to ensure that plotline is consistent. But, we do check that the story is clear and that it flows well.
This is the final stage in editing and we make sure that you are putting out the best quality story possible. We go over each sentence to make sure that it is publication-ready. This means that we check grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency and word usage (Is he your 'principle' or your 'princiPAL'? Do you have any words you use repetitively, such as 'walked' or 'said' ) and we will help you with sections that need rewriting or rewording.
As you can see, there is some overlap of work in all three editing processes but we advise to use a minimal of two processes. If you have any fears of cost, please let us know and we will work with you to find a solution.
We read the finished product (a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication) to detect and correct production errors of text or art. It is the final hurdle before getting your story published and any and all remaining grammatical or punctuation errors will be caught in this process.
It is important to get people to read your stories, that is what will keep you writing. A good way of getting people interested in your stories is to get reviews, so, if your story is already out there or is ready to be published, we can provide book reviews; all reviews are honest, our own opinion and free of charge. Reviews for m/m stories are posted on GGR Reviews (if not previously posted there), other reviews are posted on Saguaro Moon Reviews. Reviews will also be posted here on the website and can be posted on Amazon and GoodReads.
We can help you with research for your story. Are you writing a story that is set in a specific place but you don't know a lot about the city, its public transport, its attractions, its police department? Or are you writing a science fiction novel but have limited knowledge of how the mars rover works? Or, maybe, you are writing an historical romance and you are not sure how people spoke in mid-1600s England? Research is the key to writing a story that feels realistic. But, it can be time consuming and keep you away from your actual writing.
So, will an editor be mean to you?
No, a good editor will never be mean to you, but they might push your comfort zone at times.
Will an editor try to change your voice or vision?
No, a good editor will work with you to enhance your voice as well as your vision.