Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Discounts

The holidays are fast approaching. Will so much to do and so little time, editing your opus is the last thing you feel like doing!

Don't worry, you are in safe hands with Scarlett Editorial Services.

We love to edit. We work in publishing. We understand the market.

If you need a quick overview of your work, you can order a book report.

If you need a thoughtful, thorough examination of plot, characters, tone, narrative structure, and  style, you can order a developmental edit.

If you require a line edit, we are here for you!

To take advantage of our Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday holiday specials, just pop us an email at


Tell us a bit about your project, the length, if it is a rush job, and so on. We can work with you to determine which service or combination of services you require.

Between now and December 3, you will receive 10% discount if you book with us and provide a down payment. The manuscript doesn't need to be ready until you are happy with it enough to send.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

School Daze

It's back to school time for many people. For others, there is great rejoicing as with the kids away, there is finally time to get to work on your new novel!

Writing a novel, a book, even a story, is great fun but also a lot of hard work.

Many people don't realize how much work is involved in taking a piece of work from your mind and turning it into a published piece that others will buy.

Your best friend can be your editor.

Most books that go through traditional publishing routes will see one to five editors along the way. This is a lot of people who will look at your work, disect it, and "make it good;" good enough to expect others to pay hard-earned money to buy it.

Self-published authors need to think carefully about their own route to the bookstore shelf. The savvy  self-published author will hire a team to "make it good" and it can be daunting to decide who to hire for these many and varied tasks.

A self-published author at the minimum should have the expertise of a professional working editor for at least one draft. This should be someone who isn't related to you and who has experience in editing. Sure, your friends can share if the story is funny or scary or makes sense. An editor will help you understand how and why a scene may or may not work. An editor will help you keep your tenses consistent, and keep "head-hopping" to a minumum. An editor can point out where the tension gets lost or if there are lot of "facts" that simply aren't necessary.

Scarlett Editing offers many services for the self-published author.

We can prepare a book report, which is an overview of your work.

We can do line-editing which is the most detailed and expensive service that we offer.

We can do a variety of edtiorial services that fall in-between.

Scarlett Editing focusses primarily on editiorial services but we are happy to provide leads from our professional network for other services.

You may also need to hire book designer, a cover artist, and publicist and there are a great many talented people who are ready to help you with those services as well at a variety of companies aimed towards the self-published author.

An editor is not a publisher.

An editor is not a publicist.

An editor is not a formatter.

An editor is not a lawyer and can't give you legal advice.

An editor is not a cover artist.

An editor is not an agent.

An editor can not guarantee that your book will ever sell at all but we're going to try our best to give it the best possible chance to fly off the bookshelf.

You can contact Scarlett Editing with any questions:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Starving Artist Editing Discount:Limited Time Offer

You've spent weeks, months, perhaps even years writing your book. You've typed "the end" and now wonder what's next?

Showing your work to your friends and family is an excellent way to get feedback from your average reader.

However, most friends and family aren't professional publishers and editors. They will not be able to spot grammar errors, or they may find that something doesn't "feel" right but they can't help you correct it.

Editors can help you. Whether it's a quick "book report" overview of your work, or thorough word-by-word line-editing, shining up your work to its absolute best shows your readers you respect your work and that you respect the time they put into reading your work.

Some writers write full time. Some writers have day jobs. Some writers have spouses who pay the bills.

The reality is that professional editing by an experienced editor is not cheap. Editing is a real job and can make a huge difference to the quality of a manuscript. Whether it's finding plot holes, removing repetitive information, finding spots where names change, or hacking out those unnecessary commas, an editor can make your work excel.

From now until midnight July 8, 2014, Scarlett Editorial services is offering a 15% discount on all editing services. 

To take advantage of this offer, you must make a deposit by July 8, ensuring your spot for editing.

You don't have to have your work ready by July 8.

All you have to do is reserve your spot for future editing by making a small deposit today that will go towards your fees and you will be locked into the 15% discount rate.

For instance, you are working on a 100,000 word manuscript and you know you'll want line editing for it when it's complete. Secure a 15% discount by reserving your spot with a deposit today. The deposit goes towards your final fee.    

Even if your book isn't ready for editing until December, you will still receive the 15% discount as long as you've paid your deposit by Paypal by midnight of July 8, 2014.

100000 x .02 = $2000 x 15% discount = $1700 

You would enjoy a $300 savings on this project if you take advantage of our offer by July 8, 2014.

Timelines for editing vary by project and service. Expect a book to take from one week to four weeks to be edited.

We look forward to working with you. Now go outside and enjoy the summer while we take care of your work for you!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Interview with Editor Sephera Giron

To many authors, the editor is a scary, mysterious beast who holds your fate in his or her hands.

In many ways this is true.

But the editor is your friend as well. Once your work is ready to publish, the editor wants to help you, the author, polish your work to shine the best it can for your readers.

Sèphera Girón talks to The Editor's Desk about different levels of editing and their importance to a project. She also sheds light on why every author, from beginner to the most jaded, needs to work with an editor.

Click here to read an interview with Sèphera Girón What to Expect from a Book Editor

The Editor's Desk provides a wider variety of services than Scarlett Editorial Services including business copy, web copy, screenplay developmental editing services, and one-on-one coaching.

While Scarlett Editorial Services focuses on creative projects, you will find yourself in good hands with The Editor's Desk for your business and corporate needs.

For creative work, Scarlett Editorial Services is happy to schedule your manuscript slot when you contact us at sephgiron Booking your spot in advance will ensure that your book will be edited when you're ready to proceed. It also will ensure you have a spot when you want it as we are very busy and sometimes may not be able to get to your work exactly when you contact us.

Scarlett Editorial Services has edited over 1000 books, stories, articles, web sites, and poetry.

Don't miss out on receiving high quality, professional service. Book your spot today!

It never hurts to have another set of eyes looking over your work, no matter what you're writing!