Comment from: Lorraine [Visitor]

On point 6: Might I suggest you track down the New Yorker edition on editing? It has a good section on Nabokov’s writing, his reaction to the back-and-forth editing process, then final published version. I wish I could find my copy but the NY’r seems to have archived most everything for online access.

So glad that your life is going well. You have much, my friend.

03/29/15 @ 14:04
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


Core dumps usually take a little sifting to find the good stuff, but yours are all good.

I’m excited that the temperature got all the way up to 40 degrees F today. I can actually see patches of yard in the snow. Cowboy shooting season will be starting soon.

My son graduates from community college in eight weeks. He wants to go on to get his bachelor’s in accounting, but every milestone feels good.

I made gumbo yesterday for the first time by myself, and it was good. Turns out I’m not a fan of andouille sausage but there are some butcher shops around here that make some dandy Italian sausage.

I went on my first business trip in ten years a couple of weeks ago and the house didn’t burn down in my absence. It was a couple of days in Auburn, Alabama. It was a good trip in spite of being last minute (and to mollify an upset customer).

Dad retired after 20 years in the Navy and his retirement pay made it possible for him to pursue options that might not have been practical otherwise. He ended up teaching, which didn’t pay all that well for rookies. But after a few years he filled in his educational requirements and started getting a decent salary. And the teachers’ pensions in Ohio are pretty good too.

It’s funny you should mention editing. I had a dream a few years ago that I hired you to edit a piece I had written. We ended up arguing over the spelling of a word, which was weird because it was a word I’d made up. (grin)

If you do decide to take on some editing, would you consider working on science fiction? I’ve got a couple half-written novels on the hard drive here.


03/29/15 @ 15:27
Comment from: diana [Member]

Thanks, y’all. :) I’d love to see the New Yorker edition on editing. Any memory of when it came out, Lorraine? I can probably find a copy of it through the school library.

Dave, I would love to work with you on your half-written novels! (And huge congratulations to your son! You’re absolutely right: every milestone matters.)

And funny that you mentioned Italian sausage. We just took a nap and I woke up wondering what could do for supper with the Italian sausage in the deep freeze.


03/29/15 @ 15:57
Comment from: diana [Member]

One of the things standing in my way with the editing challenge is that I don’t know exactly how professionals do it. I only know how I do it.

Then I must decide what sorts of things I can and should be trusted with professionally, then come up with a price (based on hour? word? page?). Then a good but simple contract so everyone involved knows what the rules are.



03/29/15 @ 16:03
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

Your goals make me want to adopt them. Right now, I’m in the midst of copying all your grandfathers’ writings on my computer, before they go to your cousin. Maybe, after that, I can start working on my own writing again.

Go, Girl! You have the talent, the desire, and LOTS of people standing behind you and cheering for you. I want a copy of the first edition!!!!

03/30/15 @ 15:06
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


I could have sworn I left a reply with a link to the Editorial Freelancer’s Association web site. They have a page with common editorial rates. Looks like it’s about $30 per hour for basic copyediting (fixing spelling, punctuation, typos, etc.) up to $60/hr. for line editing. They also list the approximate number of pages per hour each type of editing takes. That’d be helpful for creating quotes.

Looks like line editing a 400 page novel would run about $3600 and take 80 hours. Not bad for two weeks’ work.


03/31/15 @ 10:09

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