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Puzzle Box Genie - Editor/s Needed

RisingFlame

so my first multi chapter story is currently at it 6th chapter ( not yet posted) and I am in need and editor or editors and proof-readers. I recommend you read a chapter or two of the story first to make sure its something your are interested in but please contact me.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Zen Master

I'd be delighted to help. Um, where can I read this not-yet-posted story? Also, we will need to discuss exactly what you need. Here in SOL, the author retains full responsibility for the finished work, so the author must retain full authority over it, too. That means that any editor or proofreader is only making suggestions. They may well be in my opinion absolutely required, but the author has to make the final decision on any proposed changes. If interested, email ZM at TampaAD dot net.

Crumbly Writer

I keep repeating this, but it's best to include a short story description along with genre categories when requesting editor help. That way any potential authors can know whether they're interested in it or not. Also, several author occasionally edit an initial chapter or two to get newbie authors on the right track, before turning it over to more dedicated editors. Ernest and Switch did that for me when I first started, and I'm still using the suggestions they supplied me with.

A major issue is how you transfer the files in question: email, cloud storage site, snail mail? Finally, when you find editors, you need to describe what tasks you're looking for: proofreading (searching for typos), content (looking for plot holes for factual errors), beta-readers (determine how readers are likely to respond to a story), etc. You might also specify areas you're weak in (ex. "My grammar is weak", "I'm terrible at showing" or "I have no clue how to write dialogue").

Ernest Bywater

@RisingFlame

If you send me some info about the story and a copy of a couple of chapters I'll send it on to my primary editor - he's getting a bit antsy because my production is down and he wants to read more. I've already made a couple of other authors happy by introducing the them to him, but he likes to make the original contact after I tell him.

RisingFlame

http://storiesonline.net/s/11947/puzzle-box-genie

story codes are shown. mind control, incest , lots of different ages so far and lots more to come as story develops. possible BDSM, blackmail maybe even violence. I have dyslexia so very bad grammar and spelling. open to storyline ideas also.

Zen Master

@RisingFlame

I will strongly second RF's next-to-last sentence there. :) If you like mind control stories it's a lot of fun. If you are an anal English perfectionist, stay away from it! Although, the second version I got back from RF was MUCH better. I'm wading through it now, and it's a much better-written story. A lot of my job as proofreader was to simply let the author know what he needed to pay attention to, and it appears that that part of my job is done. Now it's just tweaking and cleanup.

Ernest Bywater

@RisingFlame

so far and lots more to come as story develops


I sent my editor a copy of the link and the posts you've made. He's read a couple of the chapters and is a little put off by where he sees the story going, thus he's not happy to work on. Sorry, but I think you may have tweaked one of his squicks.

Replies:   RisingFlame
Zen Master

Well, I would have been happier if the story didn't include incest but it's a stroke story with lots of action and no need for character development or plot, and if you're a healthy 16yo boy with three good-looking sisters I guess that's a natural tendency. I've gotten rid of the most glaring word-usage, spelling, and grammar issues; it's time for another set of eyes on it.

RisingFlame

@Ernest Bywater

Thank for trying and its no problem as each to their own, different strokes for different folks etc etc.

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