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[sticky post] Freelance Editing (and Other Things)

Jan. 31st, 2014 | 04:01 pm


As some of you may know, I'm currently underemployed and looking for a job. I'm hoping to be able to afford to go back to school and/or leave my mother's house at some point, so I've been hoping to build up my résumé with more editing and proofreading experience.

Why you might consider letting me edit your work:

-I am able and willing to work with nearly any form, length, or genre: novel manuscripts, short stories (original fiction only), academic papers, nonfiction manuscripts, grant proposals, websites, letters, and more.

-I have four years of experience teaching English composition at a college level, and I provided thorough feedback on my students' work, as well as teaching analytical and linguistic skills to enable them to revise their own work and that of others. I also worked as a one-on-one English language tutor for a year.

-I had a prior freelance job proofreading scientific papers and grant proposals; I am familiar with scientific terminology and style.

-I have completed numerous courses in rhetoric and composition and have knowledge of the elements of persuasive writing, including the concept of ethos and the importance of envisioning one's audience.

-I am familiar with the conventions of written Standard English, and if I am in doubt about the correctness of an edit I look it up in a trusted source. However, I'm not a prescriptivist; I'll respect the stylistic choices you make and try to help you shape your work according to your vision as well as the expectations of your audience and the genre's conventions.

-I have experience with multiple citation styles, including MLA 7, APA, and Chicago.

-Although I've been made aware that betaing fanfiction and being a professional editor are different things, I have extensive experience as a beta, and I believe that I bring similar skills to both activities. I believe in the importance of tact and clarity in providing feedback, and I attempt to learn as much as I can beforehand about what kind of feedback the writer needs and expects. Furthermore, working with fanfic has given me further experience at every level of the editing process, from large structural and content issues to sentence-level analysis of syntax and grammar.

-Whether I am editing a grant proposal or betaing a friend's fic, I take pride in my work. I promise to be thorough, to get it done on time, and to respect your goals and vision.

-I can also do translation (Russian), write short non-fiction pieces, and fact-check.

Rates will vary based on the length of the text and the type of editing/proofreading required. I am also able to provide additional references or writing samples if you wish.

Thanks for your consideration,

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and one more thing...

Feb. 1st, 2014 | 10:11 am

If you would rather contact me about my editing/writing services via email, please feel free to direct any inquiries to adelaidethegoat (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Dec. 18th, 2012 | 11:59 pm

Some of you may know that for the past few months I've been finding it extremely difficult to write. So I'm sort of amazed that in the past few days I've actually managed to post three fics. They are as follows:

Up From The Craters To The Stars (Inception; Arthur/Eames)

Eames is a makeup artist for Cobb's ultra-low-budget movie, "Cannibal Cat Elves from the Lesser Magellanic Clouds". Arthur naturally plays one of the titular cannibal cat-elves. They grow rather close during filming.

An Ember In The Rafters (A Song of Ice and Fire; Asha/Satin)

Satin and Asha Greyjoy hook up at Castle Black. Porn, porn, porn.

I Saw The Northern Lights, Convinced It Was The End Of Time (A Song of Ice and Fire; Jon Snow/Satin)

Jon takes care of Satin when he falls ill.

A Song of Ice and Fire is my primary fandom right now, and Jon/Satin my primary pairing, although I'm also working on some Jaime x Loras for someone on Tumblr. I've signed up for Harlequin Big Bang, where I'm planning to write Satin as an out-of-luck circus performer hired to take care of Jon, a sea captain injured by saboteurs (based more or less on the premise of Corbin's Fancy by Linda Lael Miller). But I have a Yuletide fic to work on too, and a Warchild fic I'm almost finished with, and for the first time in quite a while I feel like I can actually get it all done. I think I finally reached a state where I know that what I produce isn't necessarily going to be amazing, but I just want to be the kind of person that follows through and works hard, and maybe if I keep at it one day I'll write something I'm genuinely proud of.

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Dear Yuletide Writer!

Oct. 30th, 2012 | 09:35 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer,

This is my first year participating in Yuletide, and I'm really excited! I look forward to reading your fic :D

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Aug. 4th, 2012 | 09:36 pm
mood: guiltyguilty

I had to withdraw from i-reversebang. Aside from a series of annoying life happenings, I've also, over the past two years, become increasingly incapable of performing under even the slightest bit of pressure.

Has anyone ever had this issue? How did you deal with it?

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led to the flood - a jos musey fanmix

Jul. 28th, 2012 | 10:33 pm

Welp, I finally made a Jos mix.

led to the flood

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POLL: POV Preferences

Jul. 27th, 2012 | 05:27 pm

Poll #1856755 POV in Fanfic Poll
This poll is closed.

What do you think of first person POV in fanfic?

I want to see more of it!
Depends (on source canon, type of fic, character, etc--please elaborate in comments!)
Only in the hands of a very skillful writer.
I don't particularly like it and am not likely to read it, but if people want to write it, whatever.
Ugh, no.

What do you think of second person POV in fanfic?

I want to see more of it!
Depends (on source canon, type of fic, character, etc--please elaborate in comments!)
Only in the hands of a very skillful writer.
I don't particularly like it and am not likely to read it, but if people want to write it, whatever.
Ugh, no. Never.

Is your POV preference for fic in any way related to your preferences for published fiction? (Please feel free to elaborate in the comments!)

Yes, definitely.
In part
No--fic and published writing are totally different ballgames.

Do you prefer fic written in past or present tense? (I'm doing my next post on this subject.)

It depends.
No preference.

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On First Person and Fanfic

Jul. 27th, 2012 | 05:15 pm

I was going to write a rare personal post, but I seem to have lost the ability to talk about myself except to blurt out TMI pity party crap on Twitter like "so restless, ugh" or "I can't write!!!" (These are not direct quotes, but they may as well be.) Taking a Twitter hiatus has been good for me. I think. I'm really quite terrible at assessing my own emotions or knowing what is, in fact, good for me, and that's one reason I've gone back to therapy. The therapist I'm seeing takes a cognitive-behavioral approach and also makes me do a lot of work--there's a lot of recursive stuff, looking back on things I've just said and contextualizing/interpreting them, and sometimes I'm frustrated and think I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT PATTERNS THAT'S EVIDENCE OF but then when I really think about it I actually do.

Well, look at that, I've actually talked about myself.

And that actually fits in (sorta?) with what I wanted to talk about in this post, which is POV in writing and especially in fanfic. I'm currently writing a fic in first person (it's not for Inception, don't worry), and in order to do so I had to overcome a lot of internalized norms like "YOU NEVER WRITE A FIC IN FIRST PERSON! NEVER! NEVARRRRRRRRrr". I've had a number of conversations with people about this, and heard a lot of different interpretations for this rule, but I've never really heard an explanation that made me think "oh, OK, I understand; first person in fanfic really is a bad idea."

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"There remains the carnifex himself; I am he."

Jul. 19th, 2012 | 11:25 pm

I recently put out a meme-ish call for constructive criticism here, and I'm really glad I did. After I went through the obligatory knee-jerk reactions of "WHAT IF I CAN'T FIX THESE PROBLEMS AND AM TERRIBLE FOREVER", it made me begin thinking about constructive ways to improve that DO NOT involve staying up all night until my eyes turn red and creepy feather-bumps start growing out of my shoulders.

-I am fortunate enough to have some magnificent betas; extremely gifted writers and readers who pull no punches and (most importantly) genuinely care about my writing. One thing I want to start doing is asking more questions to begin with--I find that I'm a better beta when I know what the writer's biggest concerns are. It helps sharpen my eyes to those areas, and it makes me feel much freer to comment on certain things I might otherwise have avoided pointing out because I was afraid to offend the writer--or thought the writer would see it as a non-negotiable part of the fic. I like to think I can be a pretty hardcore, honest beta, but there are certain things I'm afraid to touch. And there are areas I've rarely spoken about in betaing as either a beta or a writer. So from now on I'm going to ask things like "please tell me if this story is entertaining" or "do you think this character is funny?" or "do you think this character is unsympathetic? If so, how might I keep the character's basic integrity but make the character a little more likeable?" Lately I've been in awe of how George R. R. Martin (and Weiss and Benioff--mostly familiar with the TV series) could make Jaime Lannister so sympathetic (YMMV) despite pushing a small child out a window, having creepy sex with his twin sister, killing an innocent kid to get himself out of capture, and manipulating and insulting everyone and never shutting up.

-Also, writing habits. I write well past my point of burnout. Rather than breaking writing tasks up into small chunks, I try to write EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE and then get burnt out at the end of it. Or the middle. Or somewhere halfway between the beginning and the middle. I also try to write too fast--I often use Write or Die, and it may very well be that my current WPM (won't say what it is in case you're all like OMG THAT'S SO SLOW) is too fast. I could easily cut it in half and still write ten pages in a reasonable number of hours. But really, 700 good words in one day > 6000 mediocre ones. Really, really.

-Somewhat related: am about halfway through Gene Wolfe's The Shadow of the Torturer (I can see why China Mieville likes him so much), which is so unbelievably exquisite and so far everything I want my worldbuilding to be and more, and it has this gorgeous and perfectly accurate passage about writing:

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Jun. 24th, 2012 | 04:48 pm

After reading this Tumblr post by Aja about fandom pimping, it made me want to make a new post for discussion about Warchild and its sequels. There are a few people who have read it since my last post, and also I wanted to have a space that was set aside for non-shippy discussions as well as shippy ones, and for discussions of ships other than my OTP, and basically EVERYTHING ABOUT THESE LIFE- AND HEART-SIPHONING BOOKS.

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