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!