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Clean it up!

17 Feb

Throw out that red market, forget about spell check, and stop stressing over proper grammar, I,ve got the answer to all your writing nightmares. Today during the work at home mom’s week, we’re going to help you clean it up.

This morning’s WAHM is none other than the award winning author, professional editing,  autistic research supporting, supermom Lea Schizas.

Lea is one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met in all my (too many years).   She’s an award winning author of the latest release Bubba & Giganto as well as several others.  (Purchase her books)

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One of the things I love most about Lea is her drive to further research on autism.

e24e96fc9cba67ca_sYou’ll be hearing a lot more about Lea’s campaign to end autism. She’s planning an Autism Awareness Walk this June so be sure to check back to get more details. Because of her strive to make our world a better place, Lea was one of the very first recipients of the Kat Logic Ruby Heart Award. She certainly deserves it.

leaseditingservicesLea is here today offering a discount on editing services to the Kat Logic viewers.  Her usual $2 page is discounted to $1 for you guys til the end of February.  Here’s what Lea has to say about her amazing editing services:

Want to get published?

Then two sets of eyes are better than one!

Do you have a book,  or short story (children’s or adult’s) that requires editing?

Then you’re in luck.

I am a passionate and diligent writer and editor. I offer you quality service at competitive rates.

We’ll work together until we both agree the manuscript is ready to go out to publishers.

Some of the areas I focus on are:

1. Plot holes
2. Wordiness
3. Consistency
4. Dialogue
5. Characterization
6. Head hopping

and more!

Many writers are too attached to their work to see missing elements within their manuscript.

That is why a professional editor is a wise choice.

A good editor will help you develop your characters, enhance your dialogue, and structure your story in order to grab your reader’s attention.

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

For more information, send me an email to:

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Yesterday’s goody bag recipients are:  Katie Hines & Lee Ann. Katie & Lee Ann, please email your mailing address.
Watch tomorrow for today’s goody bag recipients. Each bag is full of samples from companies such as Story Time Felt, Shaklee, My Precious Kids, and others.

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7 Comments

Posted by on February 17, 2009 in encouragement

 

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7 responses to “Clean it up!

  1. Katie Hines

    February 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Hey, I didn’t know that Lea did professional editing. I’ll certainly keep that fact tucked into my hat and perhaps use her in the future.

     
  2. unwriter1

    February 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Lea is an amazing woman. That can be attested to by anyone that attends the yearly museitup conference. She puts a lot of work into all that she does. She deserves all the awards she can garner.

     
  3. Marvin D Wilson

    February 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Even writers who are editors themselves need to have an editor for their own work. She sounds like a good one!

     
  4. Lea Schizas

    February 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you everyone for stopping by. Now remove those old manuscripts hidden in your desk drawer, dust them off, and take advantage of the dollar a page editing fee. I remember researching hundreds of other editing services before I officially opened up my own, and was truly mortified at the rates out there.

    As a writer, I totally understand the LINT in our pockets, the economical atmosphere we’re living in right now, and for that reason I keep my rates low.

    As some of my past clients will tell you, I work chapter by chapter, unlike many others who work through the manuscript once, offer tips and suggestions for improvement, then say ‘adios amigo’. Not me, I’ll stick it out until we’re both satisfied with the final outcome. I go one step further and wherever a door is open to me I’ll be more than happy to send an email to that publisher with my recommendation.

     
  5. Lea Schizas

    February 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Avoid Rejection!

    Writers often look at their work and believe, “This is really good. I’m sending it off.” I won’t say in most cases but quite a few, these submissions often come back stamped ‘REJECTED’. Why? The reason is simple – these writers didn’t step back to look at the piece objectively wearing a reader’s hat but looked at it wearing a ‘mommy’s’ hat. These are two different hats to be wearing when it comes to looking over your manuscript. Another reason is they submitted a first draft they believed was fully fleshed out, their characters realistic and not stick people, and subbed it to various publishers they happened to come across while researching various markets.

    What is wrong with this scenario?

    First Draft

    I will admit I’ve read quite a few first drafts that were tight but haven’t come across any first draft that read complete in any which way you looked at it. Something always needed changing: characters needed more dimension, setting needed more presence, dialogue had to be spruced up and taglines removed, or more of the five senses had to be written in to bring the scene to the reader’s mind with more clarity and vividness.

    Characters

    Are your characters flat, lifeless, no personality to set them apart from your secondary characters? Not sure? Well, that’s why it’s a good idea to get your story critiqued by another pair of eyes other than your own. These critiquers will be able to pinpoint areas they feel, as readers, need more fleshing out. Remember that you can’t please all of the readers all the time but if you can offer a character that is three-dimensional from the start, then perhaps you will please most of your readers.

    The one biggest flaw I find in some writers is the fact they do not accept any comments where their work is concerned. Writers are always learning, always open to suggestions in order to guide and help them enhance their talent. The more they understand the areas they are weak in, the quicker these flaws disappear.

    Publishers

    Publishers know who their readers are. This is an area a writer also needs to understand. When you research a publisher, make sure to take the time and read one or two of their books to see if your genre fits in with their ‘style’. If you wrote a young adult novel, and you Googled ‘Children’s Publishers’, don’t send your manuscript to them UNLESS you check their guidelines. There you will see if they accept young adult manuscripts, their preferred word count, and other information needed in order to process your submission.

    Do not be one of the writers who eagerly wait for months for a response only to discover the rejection letter states, “We are sorry but at this time we are not accepting any Young Adult manuscripts.” Waste of time.

    Be smart, after all, you worked long and hard on your book, it deserves a chance to reach the right publisher.

     
  6. Joyce A. Anthony

    February 17, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Lea-I already was wondering if you were super-human (or a clone!) with allyou do–now I’m convinced!

     
  7. Lin Neiswender

    February 18, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Lea, I didn’t know you had your own editing business. I’ll be passing this info along to my sister-in-law who is working on a book. May you have more business than you can handle!

    Lin

     

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