Friday, April 29, 2016

We now Offer Editing Services (NOT ME) Douglas Wimmer

We now offer Editing Services.

FYI Its not me. 

In addition to my own writing, I offer editing and proofreading services to fellow writers and independent authors.
Whether you are looking to polish up a manuscript before you pitch it to agents and publishers for traditional publication or looking for someone to work out the kinks in your novel before you publish it yourself via Amazon or iTunes, I can help. I offer both comprehensive editing services,  basic proofreading, and beta reading at affordable ratesIn addition to my own writing, I offer editing and proofreading services to fellow writers and independent authors.
Whether you are looking to polish up a manuscript before you pitch it to agents and publishers for traditional publication or looking for someone to work out the kinks in your novel before you publish it yourself via Amazon or iTunes, I can help. I offer both comprehensive editing services,  basic proofreading, and beta reading at affordable rates
The rate for each job is determined only after the author and I can come to an agreement. Our relationship must be an amenable and complimentary one. One where we can work together to make your work the best it can be. Without that, we will be butting heads the whole time and that's not fun for either of us.
Generally, when assessing an editing job, I ask for a sizable sample of the work so I can see what is needed and whether I feel like I would be the best fit for that specific job or not. If I feel I can be of some use to the work, I will perform a sample edit and then send it back to the author. If we seem like a good match, then it is at that point we talk about compensation. The compensation will be negotiated until it is deemed fair for both parties. I will always do my best to fit your individual budget and you will know what the fee will be before any full scale edits are done. There are no hidden or surprise fees. As a matter of fact, I offer a satisfaction guarantee that if you are not happy with my work, then my fee is fully refundable. I only ask that you provide me with the reasons you are dissatisfied so that I can be aware of them.

Services currently Offered

  • Beta reading - This is a service that may be a good option if you think you've nearly nailed most everything down and just want to get another set of eyes on it in order to make sure everything is in place and functioning like it should. I will provide commentary on overall structure, cohesiveness, plausibility, and character arcs, among other things. I will read your draft from front to back and suggest things that should be improved or changed and things that seem to be mucking up the flow of your draft.
  • Copy Editing - This is a service that may be a good option if you have a strong story and characters but are unsure of punctuation, word usage, homophones, and other grammatical issues within your manuscript. This is a place where many self-published authors take a hit. Some readers will forgive a flat character arc or a story that stretches the limits of believability, but heaven forbid you mix up your/you're or to/too. This service takes care of those little mistakes that plague nearly every manuscript so that the reader can concentrate on what you want them to: your story and characters.
  • Line Editing - This is a service in which I really get my hands dirty and jump into the fray with you to improve things such as syntax, awkward or inappropriate phrasing, curtail unnecessarily ornate phrases or descriptions, pinpoint repetitive word usage and suggest alternatives, and ensure the timeline is plausible and clear just to mention a few things. I will actually make changes to your manuscript (all reversible if you so choose) that I feel I am safe to do, while leaving larger, world/character/plot changing tasks to the author. After all, this is your story, not mine. I'm just here to help where I can.
Do any of these services guarantee your book will be a best seller? No.
Does acquiring my services guarantee you'll get an agent, contract, or book deal? Afraid not.
All I promise is that your book will be better than it was before, and I will be at your service throughout the entire process. I am here to help your writing be the best it can be. Once again, if you are not satisfied with the service I render, I will give you your money back. That guarantee I can offer.
Follow the link to fill out the form.

http://www.douglasbwimmer.com/editing-services/

Testimonials

"I'm very lucky to have come across Douglas Wimmer and his great editing skills. His attention to detail is beyond par, and his professional work ethic means that I never feel uncomfortable sharing my work. He puts thought into his comments, provides insightful ideas, and as always, my writing is better for it after. I'll be using his services again."
- Lana Pecherczyk - Author of Hunting for Witches and the Robin Lockslay series, cofounder of Creative Cartel Publishing, and professional book cover artist.

"Mr. Wimmer has consistently exceeded my expectations with his editing abilities. He has an accurate, efficient style that frequently causes me to see my own writing more clearly and to wonder why I didn't make his suggested changes on the first draft! I feel as if he's put the finishing touches on my manuscripts that really make them shine."
-K.Kibbee, Author of The Misadventures of Dewey the Daring, Whole in the Clouds, and the forthcoming Forests of the Fae series.

 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday Book Review:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review - The Dead Key - D M Pulley

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Title:  The Dead Key
Author: D M Pulley
Review:  A brilliant story about a bank that has been closed for twenty years. Although closed it still has a security guard employed. The bank closed overnight and is finally being considered for selling. The vault containing the safety deposit boxes is there with the boxes unopened and there the real story begins. It is actually two stories being told, one taking place currently and the other just prior to the banks closing. What is contained within the safety deposit boxes? Why are all of the bank keys to open the boxes missing? What is a dead key and how is it used? A story involving intrigue, death, assault, and hidden treasure all of the elements of a good mystery.
I rated this book 5 star. But I would also rate it as a page turner. A page turner is a book that you do not want to put down even though you know you should be doing something else like turn the light off and go to sleep.
I received this book from Net Galley as an ARC.
Thanks Frank for this review.
Synopsis
2014 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Grand Prize and Mystery & Thriller Fiction Winner
It’s 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world.
Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland’s largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees, and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault’s safe-deposit boxes were lost.
In the years since, Cleveland’s wealthy businessmen kept the truth buried in the abandoned high-rise. The ransacked offices and forgotten safe-deposit boxes remain locked in time, until young engineer Iris Latch stumbles upon them during a renovation survey. What begins as a welcome break from her cubicle becomes an obsession as Iris unravels the bank’s sordid past. With each haunting revelation, Iris follows the looming shadow of the past deeper into the vault—and soon realizes that the key to the mystery comes at an astonishing price.
Kindle Edition, 477 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
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Author InformationD. M. Pulley's first novel, The Dead Key, was inspired by her work as a structural engineer in Cleveland, Ohio. During a survey of an abandoned building, she discovered a basement vault  full of unclaimed safe deposit boxes. The mystery behind the vault haunted her for years, until she put down her calculator and started writing. The Dead Key was the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award grand prize winner. Pulley continues to work as a private consultant and forensic engineer, investigating building failures and designing renovations. She lives in northeast Ohio with her husband and two children, and she is currently at work on her second novel.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review: Play It Safe


Title: Play It Safe








Title: Play It Safe

Author: Leslie North

Stars: 3 out of 5


Review:
I am giving it 3 Stars. AC from Netgalley for my honest thoughts.
Personally I disliked the female lead she was never once thought about anything and for being a "brilliant mind" she was just stupid. She did stupid things and it drove me nuts.  The male lead wasn't much better. I don't understand how he didn't think she would fix the problems she created.
Neither was anything interesting. I forced myself to finish the book when I really just wanted to give up.
Nothing quite made any since to me in the relationship area. He is Ex-Navy Seal who decided that quickies and beautiful women are for him and yet he can't help himself to the Nun dressed scientist who can't seem to keep herself out of trouble is the woman for him.
BioChemist she didn't make any sense at all. In fact I found her annoying and she was always in trouble because she couldn't seem to think. Yet she is brilliant.
The story was fine, the writing was fine just nothing stood out to me as a interesting read and I do not plan to read anything else by this author.

Synopsis: 
Ex-Navy SEAL Samson Caine has lost everything he’s ever fought for – and nothing can bring back his wife. But when he’s offered a new mission protecting brilliant, sharp-tongued biochemist Angela McAllister from those who want to exploit the deadly knowledge she carries, he’s got no choice but to accept. He couldn’t save his first love, but maybe he can finally find redemption keeping the fiery scientist safe.

Samson knows he has a difficult road ahead of him, but he doesn’t count on the asset he’s charged with protecting being so . . . intriguing. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. Especially when a rogue government official with nothing to lose plans to harness a lethal bioweapon and take revenge on the terrorists hiding out in Samson’s South African village with Angela’s help—and holds her brother as leverage.

Now, it’s up to Samson to protect a town full of innocents, one of whom is the son he hopes to adopt, while keeping the woman he loves from harm. He’ll have to fight powerful enemies, and his own demons, to save his world from catastrophe.

About the Author:
 Leslie North


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The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren't afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Book Review Huma Rising: My Journey from Bankruptcy to Billionaire Back to Aspiring Upstart in the Cannabis Industry

 Huma Rising: My Journey from Bankruptcy to Billionaire Back to Aspiring Upstart in the Cannabis Industry
Title: Huma Rising: My Journey from Bankruptcy to Billionaire Back to Aspiring Upstart in the Cannabis Industry

Author: P. Vincent Mehdizadeh

Stars 3 out of 5

Review:
I received this book in exchange for my honest thoughts. I have to admit this book is a little self serving but than again most book on how someone earned their million is. He talks about the ups and down of his life and how he was able to make it never giving up. I did find somethings a little hard to swollen and I wouldn't follow his direction on how he made his money because I found some of it a little shady.  There were some error but at the same time the book I bet was written as P. Vincent Mehdizadeh speaks in real life.

Synopsis:
Huma Rising is the inspirational true-story of one man's journey from bankruptcy to billionaire back to aspiring entrepreneur within the same industry that gave birth to his amazing financial prominence, the legal cannabis industry. The book spans three decades and gives an intimate portrayal of personal loss, sacrifice, success, betrayal, and rebirth.

In keeping with the theme of "rebirth", the book is appropriately titled "Huma Rising". The huma is a legendary phoenix-like bird within Persian mythology, consuming itself in fire every few hundred years, only to rise anew from the ashes. The creature is often referred to as a bird of paradise. It is considered compassionate. It is also called a bird of fortune, since its shadow (or touch) is said to be auspicious—if it falls on a person’s head or shoulder, it bestows or foretells kingship. Accordingly, the feathers decorating the turbans of ancient kings were said to be huma-bird plumage.

All sales proceeds of this book are being equally distributed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Operation Smile, ASPCA, and Sierra Club Foundation


About the Author:

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Motherhood What is Beauty?


"Mom please don't pull my bangs back everyone will see my birth mark and make fun of me."
Those were the words my 7 year old daughter told me today as we got ready for church. I wanted to pin back her bangs so I could see those baby blues but instead she started to cry.

Now its not uncommon for my little 7 year old to break down in tears she is a girl. Yes I said it my 7 year old daughter is your common teenager with feelings. Normally I send her to her dad when I can't figure out what has upset her so much she cries.

However today was different. She was crying because she didn't feel she was beautiful and people would make fun of her. I pulled my hair back and showed her a small clump of skin cells that is on my face. It has been there since I was a newborn baby and the only way to get rid of it is cutting a 1\2 inch scare across my face and down my face than digging it out leaving a large scar. So enough said I have lived with it and the questions kids, adult and even my little ones would ask "Mom what is that?"
I used to hid my face with my long hair hoping no one would notice my major "Flaw." Now as a grown woman I don't even notice it because it is what makes me Heidi. It is one of many things I view as beautiful because "flaws" to one person is beautiful to another.  It took my years to get to that point and I still struggle every day.

I tried to explain she is beautiful and how I love to see her pretty blue eyes. Instead they simply filled with tears breaking my heart wide open.  I knew nothing I said would make a difference. I took her hand and ask if she could be brave enough to go downstairs and see what her dad thinks of her bangs being away from her face.

She found her dad who I swear could read minds. He gushed about her hair being back but that still didn't stop the next set of tears and once again my heart broke.

My 7 year old beautiful girl doesn't think she is beautiful because of her flaws.

How many times have I pointed out my flaws to myself. Tearing myself apart because I am not thin enough, my breast are too small, my hips are to big, my face is to dry, my hair is to funky. I might not have said them loud but she heard them loud and clear.  I tear myself down but expect my daughter to think she is beautiful no matter what.  That can't happen I am her example of beauty and if I don't find myself beautiful how can I expect her my little 7 year old to find herself beautiful.

She ended up pulling the clip out and once again covering her very light birthmark.

  How do I tell my daughter that flaws are beautiful when I find myself unable to see my own beauty?

Being a mother one of the hardest jobs I have ever had.

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