The Nocturnal Editor

I have renamed the Abraxas Writing & Editing Services Facebook page to The Nocturnal Editor. If you haven’t dropped by and ‘liked’ my page, please do! If you need writing or editing services, PM me or e-mail nocturnaleditor@gmail.com.
~Bev
The Nocturnal Editor

Need help with writing or editing? Let me help!

Creativity in a slump?

Need help polishing your prose?

Unsure how to start a freelance writing or editing career?

I can help!

Work with the one and only (literary) Mother of Crows! I’m the owner of )0( Triple Crow Publishing )0(, Abraxas Writing & Editing Services, and a partner of Ghouls on the Go, LLC.

My longtime friend and colleague, Mindy Phillips Lawrence, asked for my current writing, editing, and coaching/teaching rates, so I figured now’s a good time to repost them.

My affordable (and downright incredible!) rates are located here: http://www.motherofcrows.com/p/hire-me.html.

If you need a freelance writer, blogger, editor, or writing coach/instructor with 19 years of experience, contact me. I’m accepting new clients once again.

[Limited time offer] Enroll in my online professional writing/editing courses and get 10% off!

Nearing 100 likes on my FB page for Abraxas Professional Writing Courses.
If you haven’t liked my page, please stop by and do so at https://www.facebook.com/Abraxas.Writing.Courses

I’ve been teaching online courses since 1997 and many of my students have gone on to become freelance writers and published authors. I love to help people make their dreams come true 😉

To show my appreciation, for a limited time I’m offering 10% off any of my courses. Just e-mail me at scribequill -at- gmail.com with WRITING COURSES in the subject line of the message. Let me know which featured online professional writing/editing course you’re interested in:

* Professional Freelance Writing – 4 weeks-$80 or $20 per week

* Creativity 101: Tapping the Muse Within – 4weeks – $80 or $20 per week

* Marketing/PR for Writers – 4 weeks – $80 or $20 per week

* How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Nonfiction Book – 4 weeks – $100 or $25 per week

* Editing 101 – 4 weeks – $100 or $25 per week

When you e-mail me, I’ll give you a special link to sign up and enroll in the course of your choosing at a 10% discount. You can begin right away! If you have questions, you can ask me those as well.

Thanks for your attention 😉

“Percentages refer to the number of errors that were in the document before editing. Therefore, if an editor corrects 95% of the errors that exist in a piece, 5% of the errors remain.

This is different than _introducing_ errors. That is considered a grievous offence in publishing.
No, it is not reasonable to expect something to be error free. It is not what humans can do — especially not after a single effort. Computers can’t do it either.

If you step 95% closer to the wall with each step, you will never reach the wall. But the more steps you take, the closer you will get.

If they want perfection, your clients will have to hire more editors, as each will bring them closer to the wall (perfection).”
—Adrienne Montgomerie

* Please note that the word “offence” is written as the author intended. Depending on where you live or where you’re from (such as overseas), it can be written with an ‘s’ or a ‘c.’

“Percentages re…

Polish your prose for publication. Veteran copy editor booking clients NOW for 2014!

I’m a professional editor with 16+ years of experience. Let me polish your manuscript! Only $2 per page for line editing and $1.50 per page for proofreading. Quick turnaround times. Visit http://www.abraxasediting.com, read the testimonials, then e-mail me for a quote and sample edit.

Abraxas Writing & Editing Services—contact me for a quote!

Abraxas Writing & Editing Services—contact me for a quote!

If you need a seasoned, affordable copy editor or proofreader for your nonfiction or fiction manuscript, please visit http://www.abraxasediting.com or contact me at bev@nocturnalmuse.com for a quote. I have 16+ years of experience and I’m thorough, affordable, and flexible. 🙂

Summer wave of online writing courses, including my new Elements of Editing course!

I’m launching the next wave of professional writing courses, along with a BRAND NEW “Elements of Editing” online course. I‘ve been teaching online writing courses since 1997 and many of my students have gone on to become part-time or full-time freelance writers and editors — as well as published authors. If you or someone you know would like to take a course (they cost roughly $20 to $25 per week), contact me and I’ll get you set up.

You can pay for your course in weekly increments if you need to. Again, courses range from $30 for a weekend to $20 or $25 per week for a maximum of four weekly lesson presentations, handouts, instructor feedback and homework/exercises. You will get one-on-one instruction (yes, personalized instruction with me — not sharing time with others in a virtual classroom). I will bill you in weekly increments if it helps. I accept PayPal, credit cards, eChecks, regular checks or money orders. Doesn’t matter.

Even if you don’t want to take a course, you can give one as a gift and pay for someone else. Just let me know who you’re paying for. I will accommodate in any way I can. Here is the link for my course listings: http://www.abraxasediting.com/contact.html

Let me know which course you want to take and I will send you the outline and instructions for setting up your payment options. You can fill out the contact form at the end of this post or email me at bev@nocturnalmuse.com. If you are ready to enroll, select your course and register via PayPal by sending your payment to bev@nocturnalmuse.com. Once your registration is received, I will send you a confirmation and instructions for beginning your course. It’s that simple! Your course will start right away.

“Elements of Editing” is a NEW course (and one I’m VERY EXCITED ABOUT!). It’s four weeks long and costs only $25 per week. If you want to self-edit or are looking to break into professional editing, this is the course for you. Click here to view the syllabus and to sign up!

Thanks for taking the time to read about and/or sign up for one of these courses. Courses begin on the day you sign up. You have up to 90 days to complete the course, so it’s easy to fit into your schedule. If you sign up within 48 hours I will send you a free copy of Sun Signs for Writers AND Secrets of the Professional Freelancer as my thanks to you. 🙂

Finally, I am currently open for any and all editing jobs. If you have a written document, sales copy, website copy, short story, book manuscript, academic paper or anything else, I will do a professional edit for you with a quick turnaround time for only $2 per double-spaced page (allowing for 12 pt Times New Roman font in MS WORD or similar). Email me at bev@nocturnalmuse.com and I can get started right away on your project!

Guys: If you’re gonna write about sex, make it sexy!

Over the years, I’ve read and edited a lot of manuscripts. Most men cannot write about sex worth a damn. They’re terrible (most of them, anyway). It’s true! Talk about lame. Ugh! When you find yourself rolling your eyes or emitting a deep belly laugh, then you know the scene is anything BUT sensuous or erotic. Guys, please, if you’re not adept at writing sex scenes, DON’T! Don’t name your penises, either. You end up sounding silly, not sexy.

On editing

“I once told a writer to grow a pair before he sent me his next piece because he was writing like a pussy. I get downright nasty when I have to. Whatever it takes to get the best out of him I possibly can. Because that’s my job.”
—”Editing,” by Laurie Laliberte