Mairi Pivona (Voni) McQueeney was born under a crescent moon on a Wednesday. At the time, no one celebrating the birth of the screaming girl knew …The Cast of Delevan House #7
The Cast of Delevan House #6
Delevan House Elspeth Jane Ogilvy dropped out of university and disappeared from her life in Glasgow. The pressure from her family to live her life a…The Cast of Delevan House #6
Newsletter Launching 2023
Brazen Folk Horror has shared weekly updates with our visitors for several months. As we grow arms, legs, roots and tentacles, and demands rapidly ramp up and shift at some point in the coming months, these weekly articles will wind down.
While we adore creating them for our supportive, growing base, and we love knowing that you are enjoying these rare insights into our unique collaborative work. We want to reward loyal #brazenreaders with special exclusives that aren’t accessible by anyone.
As we’ve always intended, we’ll launch the #bebrazen Newsletter before book II, The Delevan Diaries, releases in 2023.
You’ve already had a taste of such things we share, as we have done so on Brazen Folk Horror. The newsletter will take these insights to a new level for subscribers only.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your email address on the exclusive list and #bebrazen with Sinclair & Jagge. We want you….
The Cast of Delevan House #5
Lawrence Gordon Witches! Witches! Witches! Naw, not really. More Fae. However, let’s broach the ‘witch’ in the room a wee bit today. Perhaps the way …The Cast of Delevan House #5
The Cast of Delevan House #4
Minerva Morven is our woman of a certain age. Though a resident of Badb village, she’s not one to indulge or engage in casual conversation or …The Cast of Delevan House #4
Five years ago, on 26th February 2018, my first book was published. As a lifelong habitual writer, this was never something I intended to do. I never considered publishing a book and never imagined putting something so private out into the public for anyone to consume. So, why, then?
Well, motherhood made me feel responsible for sharing my honest account with other folks who may need that. The isolation of having a baby in intensive care, whose survival was uncertain hour by hour, is palpable.
Sure, there were folks you could talk to, but many well-meaning would stick a knife into your belly to say ‘the right thing’. Sometimes there was nothing to be said. The best support came from those going through it themselves, who were right there in the thick of it—the most harrowing ‘rollercoaster’ where survival is not guaranteed—nothing is.
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back is an intimate insight into such a journey—mine, with my child born when I was just 25 weeks into pregnancy.
This book needs a revisit from my side. I admit that it editorially falls significantly short. Much professional experience has been gained in the five years since publication. I came from the experience scathed, and the initial years following discharge from the unit were complex—PTSD didn’t hit immediately, but it did hit hard. I can’t go back there yet. One day I will. So for those who pick it up, be gentle—this was my first, and the experience eviscerated me.
The Cast of Delevan House #3
This week you’ll learn a bit more about what makes Robert Lawrence Gorgon tick. Though no more than you’ll discover from visiting Badb village, where…The Cast of Delevan House #3
Jenna McCray’s Taste of Scotland
Jenna McCray’s first drink in Scotland. When the New Yorker find herself in the coastal village of Anand is a pint of Scottish-brewed heather ale, …Jenna McCray’s Taste of Scotland
The Cast of Delevan House #1
Delevan House: Part 1 We’ve enjoyed sharing ‘The Making of Delevan House’ with you in a series of posts on Brazen Folk Horror before our release on …The Cast of Delevan House #1
Time is Money
It fills me with terror when I see short turnaround periods offered for manuscripts on some freelance service platforms, where folk offering many different services can utilise to garner business. Often a guaranteed timeline is presented upfront without assessing the writing requiring the work. Is it arrogance or ignorance of editing skills involved?
Editing speeds vary from person to person. Yes! this is a set of skills that requires the human brain, not AI, not an app!
Multiple factors feed into how long a project will take, such as the type of editing, word count, language(s) used and the overall condition of the manuscript. Another critical factor is the editor’s familiarity with the writer’s work. The more familiar, the more we know the nuances and common errors that arise and the slicker one can become in completing a manuscript.
When I see small house publishers or independent writers churning out book after book, I wonder how much time is spent on this essential process and how many passes a book undergoes before publication. I also wonder ‘who’ is editing. It’s a dangerous assumption that any writer or reviewer can also be an effective editor. Editing is far more than reading and spotting the odd typo. Unfortunately, the latter is a common ignorance in particular writing circles and some so-called ‘editors’.
As a serious writer with pride in your work, you should consider these questions too. Consider what an editor and publisher can genuinely do to add value to your process before signing a contract.
From my desk (and I’ve already explained how many factors play in), I average 1k-2k words per hour. I reiterate this is editing, not reading.
As a simple example, a 60k manuscript = 60 hours of work. What would you expect to be paid for working 60 hours?
This little example is worth considering when you are pricing an editor — who will have additional tasks before the edit begins on your piece. The essential set-up stages also cost them time. And as the saying goes, in business, time is money.
When I set up my editing business, Word Refinery, I offered introductory rates. As a passionate freelancer and supporter of creatives, I supported small publishing houses with additional discounts at my own expense. Independent businesses incur more costs than just time — which is one of the most valuable commodities. And, of course, the cost of everything is rising worldwide. With that, Word Refinery fees are under review.
Professional relationships between writer and editor or publisher and editor require a two-way level of respect. Fees are an integral component of that.