Sunday, July 21, 2013

Freelance Book Editor

Have a fiction novel or short story that needs a fresh pair of eyes? 


Well, I can help!

I am a freelance editor. I have a BA in English and have studied and worked in publishing. The genres I've edited the most of are sci-fi and horror. Although, I have also edited comedy, urban drama, screenplays, children's book, romance, and memoirs. There are a few books I have edited that have been published on Amazon, and I am also listed as a freelancer with two indie publishing companies.

I am an open-minded individual, so if you have a unique project, I'm confident I can help! Also, if you're looking to develop an author/editor relationship, I am open to giving that a shot, as well. I am laid back, but honest and professional. I am great with deadlines, since I worked at a daily newspaper for a couple of years. So if you need your manuscript finished ASAP, I'm sure we can work out the perfect timeframe. 

It can be difficult to find someone capable and trustworthy to work with, so to start, I can send you some of my previous work and/or I can edit a sample of your work, up to ten pages. Upon your decision, I can edit your manuscript up to three times, if need be.

Cheers!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Freelance Book Editor

I'm an open minded and flexible editor. So whether your story needs developmental adjustments or just a once over, I can help you out. I edit fiction, with genres like sci-fi, horror, erotica, and children's. Although professional, I'm pretty laid back. I work at a fast pace, so if you need your piece edited ASAP, I'm your girl.

Some of the work I've edited can be found here.

You can send me a sample of your writing and I'd edit it through track changes, and we can go from there. If need be, I can edit works up to three time.

Contact: guzman.editor@gmail.com

Cheers, guys.

-JEG


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Another goodie!

I had the pleasure to work with I.D. Martin again, this time on short, awesome adventure called Dagon's Whisper. Personally, out of all the stories I've edited for Ian, this one is up there with the favorites. It's in first person, and the voice of the narrator has an intriguing edge that pulls you. And, of course, there's blood, violence and betrayal! All at the cheap price of $0.99!

Get it here, guys!

Cheers!

-JEG

P.S.

If any of you are interested in possibly reviewing this short, email me ASAP.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

New business card!

Vitka was kind enough to help me create my first business card!

Check out the rough draft!


Also, Vitka's awesome new novel, EMERGENCE, is on sale for $0.99! Get it here!

-JEG

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Goin' to Philly ComicCon!

William Vitka has been asked to attend Philly ComicCon and speak for a panel on Independent Writing and Publishing! 

And I'm tagging along! I'll be showing my support by wearing one of these.   

We'll be around on Sunday, June 2nd at 1pm. 

It should be tons of fun. (I'm sure whiskey will make an appearance at some point)

Cheers, guys!

-JEG




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Freelance Book Editor

Have a fiction novel or short story? How about an article or a blog piece that needs a fresh pair of eyes? 

Well, I can help!

I am a freelance editor. I have a BA in English and have studied and worked in publishing. The genre I've edited the most of is sci-fi and horror. Although, I have also edited comedy, urban drama, screenplays, and children's book. I am an open minded individual, so if you have a unique project I'm confident I can help! Also, if you're looking to develop an author/editor relationship, I am open to giving that a shot as well. I am laid back, but honest and professional. I am great with deadlines, since I worked at a daily newspaper for a couple of years. So if you need your manuscript finished ASAP, I'm sure we can work out the perfect timeframe. 

I can start by editing a sample of your work, anywhere from one to three chapters. I can edit your manuscript up to three times, all through track changes. 

I charge by word count. Anything under five thousand words is a flat rate of fifty dollars.

-JEG

Monday, April 22, 2013

New, awesome project


So after experiencing one of the most stressful weeks of my life (going through the motions of moving), I stumbled upon a wonderful opportunity. A writer, Thomas Moore, reached out to me with a few screenplays that needed a fresh pair of eyes. I honestly told him that I had never edited screenplays, but that I was confident I could be of help. And he gave me a shot! So in between moving, traveling, and working, I edited over 200 pages in just a few days. I love editing, but what I love even more is editing great work, and Tom has something special going on with his scripts, guys. Interested in how crazy people can be? In a therapist's office? Tom's work will make you think and make you laugh. You can check it out for yourself here.

I love doing new things and learning along the way, so this project was a real treat for me. I pushed myself, which is always gratifying, especially after such changes like a move. 

And for my next trick, I shall edit another of I.D. Martin's shorts! More awesomeness on the way. Stay tuned. 

-JEG

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!

Here it is! William Vitka's cover for his new novel EMERGENCE (that I edited!).


Not only did Vitka release the cover yesterday, the book is now available on Amazon too! 

Get it here!

Monday, April 1, 2013

It's about that time

I am open to different genres and types of projects. So if you have an awesome short story or an epic novel or savvy article that needs a fresh pair of eyes, I can help!

To start off I can edit a sample of your piece (anywhere from one to three chapters). If you decide you want to work with me, I will complete one round of edits in a speedy timeframe. Then I will send the document back to you, along with all of the changes and comments. After you read through the piece, you would send it back so I can tackle a second round of edits. If need be, I am willing to read through the piece a third time. 

I am a freelancer. I have a BA in English and I studied publishing as well. I have edited a variety of manuscripts, including sci-fi, comedy, children's, and travel excerpts. I put my all into editing, it is important to me that your piece be the best it can. If you happen to be someone who writes often, I am more than willing to develop an author / editor relationship. I am laid back and honest, yet professional. I work hard and I work fast to get to the finished product!

Email me for rates and any questions

Guzman. Editor(@)gmail.com

Cheers

Friday, March 29, 2013

Waste of Life.

  • He sits alone on a bench. The car is mostly empty. He looks to the left. There's one girl, alone as well, sitting, reading The Stranger by Camus. Great choice. One of his favorites. But it doesn't make him smile. Nothing does anymore. Not since today. 
He had arrived to the ceremony alone. Just as he'd planned. A couple he briefly knew came over to say hello. They invited him to sit with them. He politely declined. Easily said, "No, it's okay. I'll meet up with you guys later."

The building where the ceremony was being held was beautiful. Dome-shaped and well-lit, with a violinist playing in the background. This is nice, he thought to himself. Glad to be alone. He wanted to experience this with no interruptions. He sat in the back of the building, in a row that was nearly empty. But as time passed, people filled the chairs. As he hoped, no one spoke to him. They barely acknowledged him, except when one of the annoying cousins whispered he was in the way as the bride was making her entrance.

He smiled, thought again, This is nice. Almost got sentimental as he watched the bride walking with her father. But once the the minister started speaking, the negativity poured in. His statements about the couple made him think, What a bunch a balls this is. If only they knew the truth. When the minister asked if anyone objected, there was a few seconds of silence, and then awkward laughter. Fuck it, I should just scream out, "IT'S NOT WHAT IT SEEMS! DON'T BE FOOLED!" But he remained quiet as a mouse, always smiling. Putting on a show, just as the people on the spotlight.

The announcement of the now married couple was made, and everyone dutifully clapped. As he stepped out of the building and into the cold, he saw her. She stood in a long black coat, wearing black high-heels. Her hair flailed in the wind. She tried to smile. He didn't.


"Decided to show."

"Yeah, just couldn't bare to watch the ceremony."

"I bet."

"Still mad, huh?" The wind covered her face with her hair. She tried to force the strands behind her ears. 

Silence 

"Haven't I proved myself. Haven't I tried everything to prove that it's you. Why won't you forgive me, Dean?"

Silence, then, "You said no. So, that's it. How don't you get that. Why doesn't that get through to you." He began to get angry then. Took a step closer in her direction, pointed his finger and lowered his voice. "I don't think you're listening, Monica. Fucking listen. You and I were bullshit. Okay? Think of all those little things. Those little lies. They're always the ones that stick out in the brain. They're the ones that blow up in the end. And when you said no, when you rejected me, I knew those little lies were the fucking truth. Hence, bullshit. Get it, Monica? Are you fucking getting it?" 

He threw his hand in the air, poof. He walked away. Fuck this, he thought as he walked past the gates towards the subway. 

He began mumbling to himself, cursing. He walked faster, heard his nice shoes slamming on the concrete. "Idiot, idiot, what a fucking idiot. Waste of time, waste of money. Waste of life." 

He shut up, ran down the into the subway. On purpose, he bumped into a guy going up the steps. "Watch it, white boy." 

"Go fuck your dad. If you can find him." Dean continued to rush down the steps as the Hispanic man shouted at him in Spanish, swearing he'd find him, cut him up, damn faggot. 

Dean smirked, pleased with himself. He waited for his train. Watched everything. After ten minutes he saw the lights reaching through the darkness. He put his hands in his pockets. Stepped onto the train.

  • He sits alone on a bench. The car is mostly empty. He looks to the left. There's one girl, alone as well, sitting, reading The Stranger by Camus. Great choice. One of his favorites. But it doesn't make him smile. Nothing does anymore. Not since today.
Dean looks up. Lost in thought. So much so he missed his stop. He shrugs to no one. Turns to his side and puts his feet up on the bench. "Might as well live."


As the train pulls into the next station, Dean swings his feet back on the ground. Leans his elbows on his knees, ponders. He senses someone there. It's a Colombian. He sits in front of Dean, like fate brought them together. Well well well, just in time.

Dean goes to sit next to the stranger. He doesn't say anything. He just sits at first, staring at the poor man. Fingering his pretty blade in his coat pocket. "These nice clothes don't mean dick. Nothing matters. Not these nice clothes. Not where you're from. Comprende? You understand what I'm saying?" 

Colombian looks scared. He doesn't say a word. Just looks at Dean, listening, waiting. Finally, he speaks, "It's not my problem." He has a thick accent. "Leave me alone now." Colombian turns his head, wiping his hands clean. 


Dean gets up, begins to laugh. "All right. I can leave you alone." He flicks the blade open, taking it out of his pocket. "I'LL FUCKING LEAVE YOU ALONE WHEN YOU'RE DEAD!"  

He sticks the blade in Colombian's neck, quick and deep. Pulls it out to stab a second time. Dean begins cackling, as blood pours out of Colombian's neck onto the dirty floor. The train is pulling into yet another station. "How long's this fucking line?" he asks Miss Camus . She blankly stares at him, trying to become invisible. 

Dean steps off the train, closes the blade and sticks his bloody hand in his pocket. "This station is quiet," he says to no one. He jogs up the stairs, out of the station. Stops a stranger. "Hey, which way toward the nearest uptown train?"

-JEG

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cheap reads


For Easter this cool short story is only $0.99 on Amazon. It's free if you're a Prime member!

Musical Chairs by I.D Martin is quick read with some down south flavor, music and, of course, ALIENS!

Enjoy guys!

-JEG

Announcement

Last night I finally finished editing this great novel for William Vitka called EMERGENCE. His brother, Sean Vitka, recently added the finishing touches to the cover of the book as well. It's horror mashed with sci-fi, including kick ass fighting scenes and MONSTERS. Huge, ugly, ancient alien monsters to be more accurate. I can't wait until Vitka reveals the cover, so I can show it to you guys.

STAY TUNED!!!

-JEG

Monday, March 18, 2013

Editing Services

Hey there.

If you're working on a project that you think needs a fresh pair of eyes, I am of service. Whether it be a short story or a novel or a children's book, I'm open to it. That goes for genres as well. I've edited a wide variety of manuscripts, going from sci-fi and comedy novels to fantasy and travel short stories. I'm easy going and honest, but professional. I put my all into editing, because I want your work to be the best it can possibly be.

Any questions? Feel free to shoot me a line at Guzman.Editor (at) gmail.com.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Recommendation: The Things They Cannot Say By Kevin Sites


I'm currently reading this book, and it's quite interesting.

Kevin Sites is a journalist and novelist who has covered wars for about ten years. In this novel that was just released a few weeks ago, Sites discusses the impact society will endure if soldiers from the Iraq and Afganistan wars are not allowed and encouraged to speak on what they have seen and done during war. In The Things They Cannot Say, Sites speaks with several soldiers. They talk openly about what they have done, why they joined the Army or Marines, how they feel about having killed people, and perhaps equally or most importantly; how they will adapt to life as a civilian after war. After speaking with these soldiers while they were on their tours, Sites reaches out to them some years later to find out how they're doing.

A lot of ground is covered in this novel, which keeps me interested. There's the research Sites has done explaining different effects war has on a young person. There's graphic scenes of battles and bloodshed described in detail. Then there are the perspectives of the soldiers, where some had a terrible time adjusting and others just moved on. I think this a well-rounded depiction of contemporary war and the outcome it has had on the young men and women who fought in it.  

Get it here

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Editing: A little about Jess

If you have a novel that needs some work, I can definitely help! I also edit short stories and children's books. I am open to editing different genres and types of projects, as well as developing author/editor relationships.

Here's some feedback I've gotten from authors I've worked with: "This [my edits] is superb. Exactly the combination of rigor and insight I was hoping for." 
"I'm very happy with your level of editing. I think you read closely, keeping with the mood and style of the text, and identified a lot of weak points. Your suggestions are good ones."

I'm honest, but professional and I work at a quick pace. 

Here's how it works: To start, I would edit a sample (one or two chapters, or excerpts), and from there I would edit the entire piece through Track Changes twice, send it over for review, then finish with a proofread. 

Cheers, guys!

Inquiry at guzman.editor@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cheapskate in Love by Skittle Booth

Skittle Booth's, Cheapskate in Love, is a romantic comedy that describes an extreme version of a man in a mid-life crisis, who is hell-bent on chasing young, beautiful, money-hungry women. Plus, this guy is a down-right miser. Read to find out how Bill finally gets a clue. 

Get it here


The Travel Agency by I.D. Martin

An awesome novel about funky aliens who run an agency with alien clients that want to travel to Earth! Kickass and fun! Also, it's edited by me!