Daisy Bank Editing Services

Personal Editing Services for Authors

Daisy Bank Editing

 Daisy Bank offers personal editing, proof-reading, and Kindle, Smashwords and paperback formatting services by Clive S. Johnson, tailored to the individual author's needs.

 

Clive is a published author himself, with two of his six books Awesome Indies Approved, and so knows exactly what the needs of writers are, and how important their creative works are to them.  Authors are as unique as their books, and so Clive is keen to forge truly collaborative ways of working together with them.  His clear aim is to make the very best of an author's work, helping it to meet the most demanding of traditional publishing standards.

The indie book market is now so crammed full that, in order for an author's books to stand out, they must be of a high standard.  More importantly, they must avoid gaining the kind of reputation that makes readers purposely steer clear of their author.

The services Clive offers are shown below, but he's always willing to be flexible, to meet the specific needs of an author, such as time or cost constraints.  So, feel free to get in touch and discuss your own particular needs, for together we can make something you'll not only be proud of, but that stands the best chance of being read.

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If you're not sure, have a look at the testimonials from some of my clients.

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Just click the button below to send me an email, and so find out how we can work together to make your book something to be proud of.

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Contact Clive

If the button won't work for you, email me at: Clive@flyingferrets.com

Daisy Bank, 86 Davyhulme Road, Urmston, Manchester, UK, M41 7DN  (+44) 61 747 9030

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1 - FORMATTING FOR AMAZON OR SMASHWORDS PREMIUM PUBLICATION

Production of a clean and professionally formatted Kindle- or Smashwords Premium-ready publication file - $1.20(73p) per 1,000 words ($20[£12] min)
  1. Microsoft Word document file submissions only.
  2. Fully interactive formatting process, with regular interim results feedback, where appropriate.
  3. Delivery of a Smashwords upload-ready Word file or Kindle-ready MOBI file, complete with:
    1. Any submitted cover artwork,
    2. Any embedded images,
    3. A fully functional, professional quality Table of Contents,
    4. An opening start location (Kindle only).
  4. Where applicable, delivery of a Kindle-ready PRC file.
  5. Where applicable, delivery of an interim HTML file.

2 - FORMATTING FOR PAPERBACK PUBLICATION

Production of professionally presented paperback-ready file(s), suitable for publication through Amazon CreateSpace and/or Ingram - $1.60 (97p) per 1,000 words ($25[£15] min)
  1. Microsoft Word document file submissions only.
  2. Fully interactive formatting process, with regular results feedback.
  3. Delivery of .DOC CreateSpace and/or .PDF Ingram upload-ready file(s), complete with:
    1. Any embedded images,
    2. A  professional quality Table of Contents,
    3. Book title and author alternating headers.
    4. This service does not include cover artwork.


Check out any of my own Dica Series books to see what you can expect.

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3 - PROOF-READING SERVICE

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Grammatical & Typographical Checks - 0.4c per word or $4(£2.43) per 1,000 words  – can be divided into chapters and charged accordingly.
  1. A complete read through will be performed, returning a marked-up manuscript detailing all grammatical errors, that is, spelling and sentence structure.
  2. Some feedback of problems observed in narrative, plot and setting will be reported, although only full editing (see below) will provide a comprehensive assessment in these areas.

4 - EDITING SERVICES

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Editing
  1. Based on an example of your manuscript, a rate will be quoted.  This will reflect the amount of editing required.  The minimum rate is 0.6c per word or $6(£3.60) per 1,000 words for line/copy editing and 0.8c per word or $8(£4.79) per 1,000 words for full editing (line/copy & story).
  2. Your manuscript will be assessed against the ‘Five Cs’; is the copy ‘clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent’?  This will be aimed at making sure your copy says what it means, and means what it says.  It will typically involve correcting spelling, punctuation, grammar, terminology, jargon, and semantics.
  3. For full editing, poor characterisation, plot/narrative holes or inconsistencies, insufficient scene setting and any other content weaknesses identified will be reported, with suggestions for improvement.
  4. If required, a full story edit will be performed, with any suggestions for improvements.
  5. This stage can be interactive, if necessary, with interim discussions helping you make better use of what would otherwise be dead editing time.
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Final Read Through
  1. A last read through check, after all editing changes have been completed.  This will make sure no grammatical errors have been introduced and that the plot, narrative, setting, characterisation and dialogue are all still consistent.
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An author's work is his or her own voice, so I always take great care to ensure that this is what finally comes through.  I am a very perceptive and sensitive reader, always attuned to the author's intentions, to the style and content.

I will suggest improvements, aimed at making your book as enjoyable to read as possible, but it remains your creation, so the final decision must always rest with you.  The author must be completely happy with each and every word, for it's his or her name that finally goes on the cover.

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Just click the button below to send me an email, and so find out how we can work together to make your book something to be proud of.

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Contact Clive

If the button won't work for you, email me at: Clive@flyingferrets.com

Daisy Bank, 86 Davyhulme Road, Urmston, Manchester, UK, M41 7DN  (+44) 61 747 9030

 

PayPal payments are preferred, for which an invoice will be raised against a client's supplied email address.

These can be in the client's own currency.

Work cannot commence until payment has been received.

 

Clive S. Johnson   

Clive S. Johnson  and his Dica Series Books

 

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Testimonials

Congratulations must go to my fine author client Regina Puckett for her prestigious award of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, the press release (1st June 2015) for which follows.  I'm pleased to say I provided full editing services for this wonderful book.

 

Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, I Will Breathe by Regina Puckett, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

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I Will Breathe is the post apocalyptic story of Liberty, a young girl who is born eight hundred years after a great war which has decimated the planet. She is raised by an adoptive father from whom she learns the cut-throat business of trading. But after her father's death she is alone in the world to fend for herself. She carries on with the only life she has ever known, living in the steam-powered air balloon which she inherited. Trained from an early age to be wary of others, she travels the continent in solitude. In time though, her life becomes full when she meets a robot, named Boy, who speaks and thinks like a human.


This book starts out a bit slowly but escalates into a captivating story that will keep readers engrossed clear through to its winning finish.  Well developed characters help readers to connect with Liberty and her growing entourage. This book is highly recommended.

 

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while encouraging positive values in the impressionable minds of future generations. To learn more about Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com

 

Congratulations must go to my fine author client Rebekah Lyn for winning the prestigious Brevard Library Foundation's Patrick D. Smith Award for Literary Excellence. Her book, 'Jessie', for which I was most pleased to provide full editing services, was judged as outstanding by a panel of highly qualified college professors.

Rebekah was greatly honoured to receive this special accolade at the foundation's presentation on the 28th of February 2015.

I'm very proud of what Rebekah has achieved with her gripping and poignant story. Needless to say, I highly recommend you read it.

When I asked her how she felt now, she was keen to point out, "We make a good team, but I think part of me is still in disbelief." Having assured her it was well deserved, she told me, "I know that in my heart. The negative I get at work eats away my confidence sometimes. After this, I'm good, though."

I'm sure you'd all join me in extending our congratulations to Rebekah for this wonderful achievement. A fine recognition for a lot of hard work and a great deal of creative skill.

Pop along to Amazon now (by clicking on the cover image below), and pick up a copy of this excellent book. You won't regret it.

See for yourself what a great team of author and editor can achieve.

 

Rebekah Lyn with her award  Jessie cover artwork

 

Rebekah Lyn, author of the 'Coastal Chronicals' series, amongst many more: I had the extreme pleasure of working with Clive Johnson on my most recent novel, Jessie, an historical fiction following the early years of the U.S. manned space flight program. The edits Clive suggested helped to clarify my own thoughts and tightened up the story in all the places I had concerns about. Despite the miles between us, we were able to have insightful discussions about my writing style that continue to resonate with me as I move forward with my next project. I am also happy to report that Jessie is a top 5 finalist for the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award, and was one of Shelf Unbound's Notable Books for 2014, both of which I believe are a result of the collaboration with Clive. Working with Clive gave my story the wings it needed to take flight.

Louise G. White, author of 'The Calling' and 'Chasing the Demon' (the Gateway series): "Oh Clive, I haven't stopped smiling since I started reviewing yesterday. I'm practically bouncing up and down with happiness over your treatment of The Calling! You have performed above and beyond my expectations, and I've fallen in love with the story all over again. The focus and attention to detail that shows in your work is completely, out of this world, amazing. I read the whole thing mostly without referring to the mark-ups and only made a few additional small changes. I really can't thank you enough, and I'm so looking forward to seeing it all as prettily formatted as Chasing the Demon. Very many thanks."

Peter Tolladay, author of 'The Harsh Mistress' and 'The Templar's Apprentice' (The Outremer Chronicles): "My public thanks to Clive S. Johnson for his super work on proof reading The Harsh Mistress.  Much appreciated."

C.A. Gray, author of 'Intangible' (Piercing the Veil Series): "Clive surpassed my expectations in every way.  Before I tried, I figured I could do formatting myself, but had no idea how tricky it could be, nor how many hidden bugs there were.  Not only did Clive format my book perfectly for e-book and paperback, but he added professional touches that made it look like it came from a big publishing house, for a very reasonable price, and with a remarkably quick turnaround.  I'd recommend him to anybody!"

Regina Puckett, award winning author of twenty eight horror, romance and poetry books: "Clive is an excellent editor.  He is very easy to work with and will give you great suggestions."

"Clive sent back the 1st round of edits for 'What the Hearts Knows' this morning. If you aren't using him as an editor, you have no idea what a good editor you're missing. By the time I had sent him the manuscript I was thoroughly sick of it, but today I was in love with my sweet romance all over again. He really is the best editor out there. I can't wait until the book is ready to be released. Book 3 of my Warren Family series is so sweet and touching. I want everyone to love it as much as I do."

Ian Thompson, fantasy writer: "In order that I give a fair assessment, I must first dictate the timeline of my writing. There are two time periods. The first I shall call BC; that being ‘Before Clive’, the second is AD and a time period I think of as ‘After Direction’. Now, you may think that is contrived, so let’s go back to BC and those years.
I first started writing five years ago; I had the seed of an idea that I nurtured to sprout. It took two, maybe three years to complete what I regarded in those days as a book. I paid an editing house the princely sum of £1,200.00 to appraise and edit it. I waited, expecting the worst. I burst with pride when the mail and attachment came back, full of praise. Eagerly, I opened the attachment to see a lot of red.
Those crimson strikes, as I now know, were entirely correct. However, I am the suspicious type and decided that there was no way I could be that good at writing at my first stab – what I now know to have been a first draft. Therefore, I set about rewriting it. Soon after completing that task came the time period known as ‘AD’. I met Clive on Twitter.
You see, the editing was fine. The story was fine. However, now it is so much better. So what did Clive do, and still does for me?
He goads me to write more clearly, to think of the reader’s perspective, the characters’ motivations, but subtly. He tutors me and directs me to books he thinks will help my deficiencies. Sometimes, he rearranges or rewrites sentences, and they read a whole lot better. Words like nuance, trust and rhythm are now important to every word I write. Bit by bit, the book gets done. In the early days, yes, his editing was sometimes harsh, yet curiously humorous. It set me back a bit, but then moved me forward with a puff of pride. I think, early in 2015, I will publish a book I am proud of, and another will follow soon after. Whilst I won’t get complacent, and take no note of my current website (that was BC and I’m too busy to update it), I am happy with the Anno Domini effect of Clive’s direction.
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Contact Clive

If the button won't work for you, email me at: Clive@flyingferrets.com

Daisy Bank, 86 Davyhulme Road, Urmston, Manchester, UK, M41 7DN  (+44) 61 747 9030

 

 


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