“Everyone’s running around trying to promote themselves, and you kinda have to put in those years of hard work to make something decent before you do that. Particularly that first project is the hardest thing. I always say the 20s are the hardest decade because you don’t have money and you don’t have a reputation. In relation to this kind of issue, I’m always wary that the advice is like “you need to put together this promo package that you send out to these 100 people.” No, you need to do the work, and worry about that later.”—Alec Soth may have said this but I agree 10000%
Editor for Sale
Hello. My name is Clint Pereira and I’m looking to be your editor.
I am a house-trained English tutor with a published novel called North of Armageddon. I’ve worked in writing circles with published authors and have guided young student writers to write stories published in a writing collection for kids. I have done copy editing for Wurr (an awesome wolf comic by E. Jokinen) and am hoping to expand my freelance editing portfolio.
Here are some services I provide:
Looking at work as a reader and giving general feedback and questions to help guide your writing process.
*Recommended for all points, including outline stage
Checking the manuscript for grammatical consistency, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style.
*Recommended for final drafts
Looking over content and the structure of the manuscript. Making sure the story works as a cohesive whole and gets across the intended purpose. An optional, online personal review can be held afterwards to help guide the writer through the next steps of their draft.
*Recommended for early drafts
Editing Cost: $2/page
Personal Review Cost (text based or voice chat): $15/hour
Advantages of my services
I specialize in all ages and skill levels. I am a tutor and trained educator and have worked with children, teens, young adults and old adults.
Story is my priority. Whether you’re writing your first big novel or an entry for a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction competition, my aim is to make sure that the story is readable. I’m not in the field of changing your personal voice or style of writing.
I’m a published author. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but it helps to talk to someone who has already gone through the process.
I’m not familiar with all fanfictions, so I cannot read from the perspective of a fan. Only an average reader.
You choose whether or not to accept my feedback.
My assistance doesn’t come with a publication guarantee.
On knowing when NOT to write and cutting your losses
As those of you who are academics, writers, consultants, and free-lance contractors know, the hardest part about setting your own schedule is the fear that you will succumb to your baser instincts and spend most of your work day doing this:
I’ve blogged before about the difficulties of having a consistent writing schedule, a challenge which most people I know apparently face. My issue is that even when I’m sitting in front of the computer - either at my home office or at my ‘office’ at the nearby cafe, where other free
loaders lancers go - there is a chance that I’ll be doing this:
Or even, at my lowest moments (e.g., after getting ‘suggestions for revisions’ back or when nothing is coming to my brain), this:
Recently, though, I’ve come to the entirely unoriginal epiphany that accepting that writing is a process and that those moments spent staring into space/crying/not doing anything is part of the game. Others have said this to me but, being bullheaded, I didn’t listen and continued to fret over not being “the Perfect PhD.” The fact is, the idea that one has to show something tangible at the end of each working day is ridiculous. I tried doing that at first but when I reviewed what I wrote the next day, I had to start from the very beginning all over again anyway because the writing I forced myself to do was terrible - illogical, not grounded in solid research, meandering.
As I’ve come to accept, there are days when I can’t write because I just can’t. No explanations needed. Then, there are days when all I can do is write - our zombie overlords may have started masticating people’s brains outside my office, the apocalypse might be taking place as I type - but it’s irrelevant because I’m putting words to page, dammit, and nothing can stop me.
Hence, rather than wasting time fretting over how we are ‘wasting’ time by not doing anything, we might as well accept this as being natural. No one is productive 100% of the time so if there are days when you feel like the ideas aren’t coming, cut your losses, call it a day, and start again tomorrow.
SPRING PAINTING SALE PALOOZA
Turns out I always have a really expensive print due at the SAME time as my rent so I’m doing commissions! And to celebrate Spring I am having a SALE on them until AUGUST 30TH!
So. Want a painting?
Holy shit it is only $45 for a limited time only WHOAAA!!
I can also do 5”x7” for $20 each!
Shipping is prolly like $5 or something. PAINTINGS DONE ON CARDBOARD so they do not bend in shipment.
(also 8.5”x11” prints of this cat or any other illustration for like $15 SHIT MAN)
If you're in search of an artist...
Obviously, I am an artist :D I’m also pretty busy at the moment, so find myself having to forward on a lot of longer-term projects. (I hope I’m building karma for future dry patches, haha) After sending on another mail today with my list of recommendations, it struck me that it might be worth making a post with those same recommendations for people to see. ^_^
So, when someone approaches me about long-form, sequential comic work specifically, these are the similarly fusion/YA-style artists I’ll often put forward, dependent on the project and style at hand. Obviously creators will vary in styles, approaches and target audiences. A few frequent recommendations are now in full time contracts (or having babies!), so I’ve dropped them from the list for longer work, but as far as I know, these guys are all freelance and currently open for commissions and to negotiate new contracts as I write this entry. Some are experienced professionals, some are relatively new:
http://johnaggs.com/ - John Aggs
http://www.annafitzpatrickart.co.uk/index.html - Anna Fitzpatrick
http://www.nattherat.co.uk/ - En Gingerboom
http://pinkapplejam.com/ - Laura Watton
http://fayeyong.com/ - Faye Yong
http://www.kateholdenart.com/illo.htm - Kate Holden
http://www.liyishan.com/ - Yishan Li
Windflower Studio - Four artists, one studio.
http://www.naniiebim.co.uk/ - Louise Ho
http://knightylighty.co.uk/ - Sarah Burgess
http://cobaltcafe.co.uk/ - Zarina Liew
There are a lot of amazing artists out there, and it’s hard to be sure who’s in work and out of work in an environment as ever-changing as freelance.
When it comes to recommending someone for a job (which is a big deal and reflects on the referrer as well) I tend to list people I’ve either worked with before, people who I know have successfully taken on jobs I’ve put them forward for in the past, or people with a good track record professionally.
If you’re a writer or publisher looking for graphic novel or comic artists - check these guys out! ^_^
(and if any of you on the list see this and are now actively under contract and so prefer not to be listed, let me know!)
“Applying for jobs can make you feel old, especially in the tech world. No one cares about your resume anymore. Hardly anyone asks where you went to college. And where years ago you would have proudly touted this or that achievement, these days the bigger question is what you’re working on right now, outside of work. The one thing people really want to see? What you’ve built.”—Side projects are the new resume — Freelance Life
On standing up for myself.
I drafted and re-drafted about 17 emails. Considered my position and theirs. Finally decided I’d take the high road; standing my ground, but staying positive, polite, and helpful. And I sent the invoice, anyway. At this point it’s fine if they never pay it or ever contact me again.
But, hey, I’ve done my part. You asked for my professional help, and I was as helpful as possible. F*ck you, pay me.