I am still writing and ready for you to hire me! Drop a line and we can work something out. I'm especially interested in going back to where I started as a writer; it wasn't called "branded content" then, but I'm willing to roll with the changes. My writing can help your business stay on message and reach new customers. From a simple shelf talker to generate buzz around a neglected product to ad copy, radio spots, brochures, I've got you covered. Get in touch if you're ready for a fresh voice your clients will respond to.
Did you see the post before this one? I still review self-published books, and while there has been a gentle uptick in quality overall, let's just say that if it was represented by the incline feature on your treadmill, your calves wouldn't feel it. To that end, I am also hiring out to any and all authors looking to self-publish for copy, content and developmental editing services!
I'll be writing more about this in the future, but here's the gist: By the time a book reaches me for review, the author has paid anywhere from $300 to $1000 for coverage. Many of them are unreadable disasters, and even those that have an organized story to tell often suffer because they're freighted with typos, misused words, and lengthy rants better suited to a journal that's eventually burned in a bonfire. It's my job in these reviews to advise booksellers and librarians on whether these books represent a good use of their dwindling funds and limited shelf space, and there's no way I can say "yes" honestly; they're just awful. But they don't have to be.
My editors, whose livelihood depends on these books being submitted with payment for review, don't want the easy money. They want to be recognized for bringing to light stories that wouldn't otherwise be told, stories that deserve a mass audience but are usually left on the margins. We've all heard about authors who throw together a paranormal romance that strikes a chord with readers and is suddenly being feted by the cream of the mainstream publishing crop. Many of the books I review are clearly written with starry-eyed visions of being the next E.L. James, J.K. Rowling, or H.L. Seggel (okay, not yet, but I have those dreams too!). There are no guarantees in life, but I can get you much closer to a favorable review, and also advise you on how to publicize your work since if you do it yourself you'll be promoting it yourself as well.
I've seen hundreds upon hundreds of books I couldn't recommend, and a handful or two that succeeded. To do my job well I have to articulate why this is so in each case. I can do the same for your work BEFORE you submit it for review, thus giving you the opportunity to smooth the rough edges, dot the i's and cross the t's. I've written professionally for over twenty years, and the only reason I've had the success I have is thanks to thoughtful and conscientious editors. I can't imagine publishing a book without getting as many eyes, hands and pencils on it as humanly possible in order to ensure readers will both understand and enjoy--OK, love--it.
If you care about your work, don't shortchange it. Hire an editor and submit the book you always meant to write. Drop a line and let's talk further.