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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rates alteration

Per EFA, freelance copy editing is $25 per hour. I have raised my basic copy editing rate to $25 per hour, as of tonight.

For an estimate of how many pages I can typically do per hour, please contact me directly.

Flat-rate business jobs are negotiable, as always.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

December update

Yesterday marked a year back in Michigan.

I have my monthly 'zines coming in as of tomorrow. Shimmer sent stories for c/e.

Electric Velocipede news -- announced at Night Shade Books and on our blog.

And I have the new book, of course. Awaiting news on another novel.

2009 con news:

To my delight, ConFusion is not during a deadline weekend. Next March my alma mater, Oakland University, hosts another Starcon, with my friend Richard Tucholka as the GoH. NovaCon 8 was my very first con.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

November book just in

Another book -- due early 2009. Definitely a good Thanksgiving season.

Lots of nice emails from folks about EV also.

Yes, I prefer email to blogging. I've been doing email for decades now.

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rate adjustment

On 31-Dec-08, my rates will go up to correspond with the EFA rates. My hourly rate will be $25 per hour.

Anyone contracted with me at present will remain at my current rate of $20 per hour. Haggling is fine if meant in earnest and not to reenact Monty Python scripts.

Projects remain negotiable, however.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

'Zines, news, &c

Steve Buchheit just got his first contract!

I invited Steve as a panelist to Conclave, so I am especially pleased. And I know his editor too.

I just wrapped up NYRSF. Sometime later, in a month or so, I'll have more news. Possibly something from NYRSF...

Shimmer is coming in. Think I get ten stories this time. :D

No more cons until ConFusion -- where, I am happy to say, I have absolutely nothing I have to run, chase, recruit, or what-have-you. Peaceful.

Freon will be the Fan GoH at Fusion.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Electric Velocipede proofreading

I just wrapped up part of Electric Velocipede 15/16.

This was my first issue, and it's a double issue. I was assigned a quarter, but since some selections were still in editing, I elected to make up for that by starting sooner in the issue.

Wow. Some really lovely stories in EV. When I get back from Clave, I mean to read the earlier half, since I had other projects this week (sf novel, workshop, con arrangements).

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New book job in: sf novel

Really delighted, as I've been anticipating this one.

Also, I'll be at ConClave 33 for the writing workshop next month... during 3-5 October.

As will many of the writers I know: Rick Moore, Jim Hines, Lucy Snyder -- plus Steve Buchheit, Merrie Haskell, Dave Klecha, and Gary Braunbeck -- and of course M. Keaton, M. Andaluz, Daniel Hogan, William Jones, and Steve Climer.

At Clave, I would really love to discuss Robert Asprin's contributions to f/sf. We have shared-world anthologies because of Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey. I wish we had met. The Dorsai will mourn him for us, and I need to go mourn with them.

Later this autumn, I will post more writing links. Happy September to you.
  • Edited 22-Sept-08: Lucy and Gary will not be able to attend Clave after all. Hoping to see them later, at Penguicon, perhaps.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Updates to industry links

I'll keep the P&E (Preditors & Editors) section updated.

The Black Hole, for example, tracks paying markets. I added the Absolute Write watercooler too. These are forum-sites that you want to use for your own sake. Trust me.

Whenever you submit, make sure you've looked at the market. Check Ralan, check Absolute Write, check HiPiers, etc. Ask around. Look at your favorite author blogs. Research!

Because you don't want your work to fall into a black hole.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Last month I began helping out at The New York Review of Science Fiction.

Very cool. I never know what will come in, and it's very different from anything else I've worked on.

September (#241) is the retro issue, with Doc Savage and James Blish essays on the front page. August (#240) reviewed Lovecraft-inspired art, and featured various essays, one remembering Roger Zelazny, and another on Greye La Spina [a lady I had never heard of].

The New York Review of Science Fiction is a semiprozine which just reached its twenty-first year, and has twenty Hugo nominations; published monthly.

Their Dragon Press store opened this year.

This is a really good summer.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Preditors and Editors appeal to users

If you've ever used P&E, make sure to see what you can do to help. They're good folks, helping us all keep abreast of the good and the bad in publishing.

Preditors and Editors

Friday, June 6, 2008

New book in...

Due presently.

My other summer projects may get shuffled around. Time will tell. June is crowded.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Robert Legault

I just learned from his sister that he passed away.

Robert was wonderful to me last year. After we had a long chat on the phone, he invited me to call any time. I meant to.

I am so sorry that I didn't... I thought I would have time.

News about Robert's death is on Making Light.

Robert was helpful, friendly, kind and supportive. Like a friend you've had forever. That was our only call.

We talked about copy editing...

Edited to add: SFScope article

Friday, January 11, 2008

Proofreading reprint

My electronic files came in for another project. (Hard copy to follow.) I am proofreading a 2008 reprint of a mass market paperback.

Special thanks to Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Robert Legault and Deanna Hoak, who have all given me advice...

Monday, January 7, 2008

AZ Shea | More

AZ Shea | More is also open for business. This will be the publicist aspect of AZ Shea, as I have engaged independent SF authors for a book tour. Four dwell in Michigan, and the fifth left Michigan a few years ago.

I have some little skill in matching needs and people.

This week we are negotiating the first engagement with a SF club.