End-of-Year Editing Deal

Hello writing friends,

I am offering an end-of-year deal for my editing services. I edit all types of genre fiction and nonfiction—really, anything that has words or images in it. The deal is as follows:

  • First-time clients get 20% off their first editing job with me (this is a constant discount)
  • If you contract with me before December 31 for a job in 2018, you’ll receive 15% off (if you’re a new client, you’ll receive 20% plus 15% off)
  • If you don’t know the exact work you’ll have ready in 2018, you can sign a preliminary contract. This means you promise to work with me on at least one job in 2018. The preliminary contract holds a spot for you in my editing schedule and saves you the 20% off (if you’re a first-time client) on top of the 15%. If you do not work with me on a project in 2018, you’ll just owe  $15 by the end of the year (this is just to pay for him keeping track of your discount and sending you encouraging emails with memes and writing quotes and other things throughout the year in order to help you finish your writing project).
  • When you sign with me, be sure to tell me who referred you (if you came across this on my website, tell me that and I’ll enter the referral bonus into a raffle for all my clients, including you). I give a 10% discount for each referral who signs with me. The 10% can be used with any other discount.

Be sure to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity! You could earn up to 45% off your editing.

Contact me today to learn about my pricing and services, and see what I can offer you.

19 Days, 5 Hours, and 25 Minutes Later . . .

I just finished The Wheel of Time series audiobooks. Over the last two months, I’ve been able to follow the adventures of Rand, Egwene, Mat, Perrin, and the numerous cast of other characters that Jordan used to reveal his world to us. I will be going back through the books in order to create a series of blog analyses of certain aspects of the text and world. Before that, though, I want to leave you with some thoughts from the series.

  1. Scope

The Wheel of Time has received a lot of flak for its epic scope. The series began as a trilogy and then turned into a fifteen-book behemoth saga about the impending destruction and salvation of an entire planet.

Each book (sans the prequel, New Spring) is roughly more than 800 pages, with the longest (The Shadow Rising, book four at 393,823 words). The total word count for the entire series, including the prequel, is 4,410,036 words. That’s a lot of words. (Hbint: a typed, double-spaced page is about 250 words per page. That’s roughly 17,640 double-spaced pages.)

I love this aspect about the book. I love the gargantuan effort it is. I love that it’s truly epic. When I think of epic, I think of Beowulf, the Odyssey, and Paradise Lost—epic poems written before there were typewriters and computers. These are stories on the grand scale, just like the Wheel of Time is.

The scope of this book is epic, and it delivers on that promise.

  1. Side Characters

The epic qualities of this series provide for the excellent use of side characters. Jordan really knew his characters. Many parts of the novels follow side characters down side plots that are woven back into the entire pattern of the story. I love these moments because side characters—especially well-developed, dynamic, and defined side characters—make or break a story for me.

One of my favorite side characters is Sebban Balwer. Introduced in the sixth book, he works for the Children of the Light and then moves with the main characters once the plot continues. His character is fascinating, though, because of how Jordan uses him. If I remember correctly, he doesn’t get a POV chapter, but through his interactions with the other characters, we see the depth that Jordan put into this character who could just be filling an archetype.

  1. Gender

Gender in this book is complicated and nuanced, just like it is in the real world. Yes, women are high in power (being the only gender to have access to the magic system at the beginning of the series), but sometimes Jordan’s treatment of women feels rather patriarchal. I actually rather enjoy this part of the series; it shows how imperfect we are as humans. Even with a society that has women in a place of power, there are still issues related to gender.

One of the good qualities of gender in the Wheel of Time is that it departs from former science fiction and fantasy series and their treatment of women. For example, The Sword of Shannara and The Lord of the Rings contain large travel journeys where the travel group contains only male characters. The Eye of the World added female genders into the travel group with characters Moiraine, Egwene, and Nynaeve. While I can’t claim Jordan’s series was the first to do this, I do believe it to be one of the most epic and largescale stories that did it, even with numerous examples of it not being done before him.

So, here I sit, typing after 19 days, 5 hours, and 25 minutes of listening for the past two months. I feel fulfilled. I feel like I want to delve more into this world with another reread. I feel like I want to understand more of what this text has to offer because it has a lot to offer.

New Website: Under Construction: Stay Tuned

It’s been a long time coming, but I wanted to update to a new website that was more focused on blogging and representing my work/services that I have to offer. So, without further ado, here is my new website.

I’m sure it will be a little bit klinky over the next few weeks. But, I hope it will be a great place to combine a lot of things.

One of my main goals with this website is to create a presence through blogging more—especially about books. Since I have deleted all of my social media accounts to focus more time on people, writing, and books (in that order), I still need a way to have a presence online. It’ll be these blog posts (which will mostly be reviews of books, thoughts about writing, and important updates in my writing career) and this website.

I hope soon to set up a way for you to receive updates in your email for when a blog goes live. Stay tuned.