I'm looking for someone to edit an erotica short story for me. The objective is NOT to produce a slick, mass marketed result. Rather, consistent feedback that I receive is that my grammar is poor. (I have taken a couple writing classes and read a couple grammar books). I am looking for someone to point out my mistakes and point me to the grammar rule that I violated. This should be more of an educational experience for me, so that I can fix my own mistakes in the future.
As such, I am not looking for the whole story to be edited. I am rather looking for someone to spend $150 worth of their time to teach me to improve the story (grammatically and content). Try to spend 2/3 of your time on initial feedback and leave 1/3 of your time for me to ask you questions back.
Ultimately, I am looking for someone, where I can go back for additional editing (further editing of the same story or other), after I digested and applied the feedback of this project.
The stories are erotica. You should be comfortable and enjoy the subject. Here is a link to stories. Check them out first, so that there are no surprises later.
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KIND OF EDITOR
I am looking for an editor that does not simply cross out my writing and replaces it with something slick of his own. I am rather looking for someone that points out problems in my writing and helps me achieve what I originally wanted to express. For example, sometimes I want to confuse the reader. Rather than resolving the confusion, help me make the confusion intriguing and thought stimulating.
I noticed that a lot of editors are trying to make stories slicker and more marketable to a mass audience. I'm writing for me own creative expression and am rather looking for someone to make it more original and unusual.
You should be an American English speaker. (I've once had an editor say that my writing as full of spelling mistakes. Then, he changed everything to British English.)
When there is a grammar problem, don't just cross it out and correct it. Explain why it is a problem and point me to a web resource that explains the correct way.
Credentials are not important. If you are good at it and can explain well, that's more important.
1. Tell me what kind of editing you usually do (only spellings or only plot etc)
2. How much editing/feedback you can provide for $150.
3. Your availability.
4. Show me your editing. Below is the beginning of one of my stories. Send me some editing feedback.
I'm not looking to get free work out of applicants. So, don't spend a lot of time. Give me a teaser and clear idea of what to expect from you.
"His face pushed forward between the tall tree logs with the thick green canopy above. His feet twisted the fresh dirt and pine needles as he pushed off his toes. The air was fresh and heavy with oxygen. The rich oxygen fueled his large thigh muscles to a fast pace. A sliver of slick sweat coated his skin under the early fall clothes."
"For a moment, he paused at the side of the trail. His sturdy hiking boots toed the edge of the dark weathered rock. At 6'5", he towered high over the slope. His steady dark eyes used to observing the woods focused on the switchback beneath him. The couple in their mid-twenties had not noticed the tall man observing them. They chatted idly while puffing heavy on air. They carried overnight backpacks with foam mattresses dangling at the bottom of the pack. Their gear and clothing had the new shine of freshly bought REI equipment."
I'm really tired of people telling me that my grammar is poor in work and private setting. I've read a couple grammar books (grammar girl was a good read). Though, I obviously need some 1:1 to be shown my specific issues. That's why I'm willing to pay for it. Plus, my ego would be happy, if my stories got better ratings :)
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It sounds like you need a proofreader more then an editor. You know what you are trying to do with your work, you just need some help with technical details. I would be happy to help you with those details.