Chris Gardner

The joys of self-publishing.



I’m now offering editing services, to Australian authors only at this stage, after a long break from freelance editing. I have a 2 year Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) as well as a Bachelor of Arts (History/Philosophy of Religion) with Honours in History. That doesn’t mean I know anything about the particular history you may be writing about so please don’t expect me to point out your errors. If I see anything I have doubts about I will suggest you check it out yourself, but that will be your responsibility.

What I’m offering for a copy edit is to read through your manuscript twice. The first time I’ll be looking for mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar, and after you have made changes I’ll read through it again and make any other suggestions. If you require a structural edit as well as a copy edit it will require three readings and I suggest you try to find a few beta readers and send it to them before I start the editing process. Keep in mind if one person out of six suggests something it may or may not be worth considering–if six out of six suggest the same thing it probably is, but it’s your story and the final decision, if you’re self-publishing, is up to you. The same applies if I disagree with something you’ve written. As far as the structural edit goes I’m there as an adviser, not a dictator.

I’ll quote the fee when I’ve seen a sample and a synopsis of your book and I’m happy to edit a free sample of 1,000 words for works of 30,000 words or more. I’m also happy to negotiate a price for smaller stories. If you’d like to look at my books you can pick up a free copy of my ebook on grammar etc., ‘What Did You Say?‘ on Instafreebie and the first book of my romance series set in the outback, ‘Stony Creek’, is now free on most digital stores.

Please message me via my Facebook page for more information.