Before we begin, please note, this section is NOT for book reviews. Please visit my Book Review Submissions page for information on book reviews.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME
I am proud to announce I am officially a certified copy-editor, as of April 18, 2017, by Poynter.News University. You can take a look at my certificate by clicking here! Additionally, I am a self-published author with almost two years of experience as a book reviewer under my belt. I have done hundreds of reviews, dozens of interviews, highlights, spotlights, and blog tours for The Rebel Christian. I am also listed as a reviewer with multiple catalogs, including The Indie View and Book Reviewer Yellow Pages. Lastly, I have done beta-reading/proof-reading for multiple authors in the past in nearly genre on the market.
When I first published, many reviewers said the same thing about my book; that it was good but needed more editing. I was very new to the publishing process and didn't exactly know what to do after reading such reviews. After I finally stopped my head from spinning I decided to start this website and help other new and growing authors. So here I am!
- You can expect me to be here for you because I was once in your shoes and, in some ways, I still am.
- You can expect me to listen to you and hear what YOU want me to check for in your story.
- You know your strengths and weaknesses better than I do. If you want me to focus more on characterization than structure then I will become best friends with your cast.
- You can expect me to respond to you quickly and in a professional manner.
- Self-published and Indie authors work just as hard as any other writer, your work is well worth my time.
- Whether you are a new or experienced author, you can expect me to be patient and understanding with you.
- I was once in your shoes, my current work needs a proof-reader! I know how frustrating yet exciting this process can be.
WHAT I OFFER YOU
BETA-READING: Starting at $75.00
A Beta-reader is a critique partner who looks over your story before it moves into the editing process. I will read your manuscript and provide a brief critique based on the general concept of the story. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation will not be considered in this process.
PROOF-READING: Starting at $150.00
Proofreading is the final polish of a manuscript which has already been edited. I will only do a basic check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I will watch for consistency and plot holes. Errors will be highlighted and a brief critique will be provided.
EDITING: Starting at $200.00
I will read your manuscript and highlight spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. I will highlight faulty word usage, point out discrepancies and plot holes, and I will check for consistency in flow, pace, and hyphenation/spelling. I will watch for consistency in characterization and make sure the timeline of events is sensible. I will provide a full critique of the story and include recommendation for correction. All editing will be done using the 'change tracker' feature on Microsoft Word.
CHARGES DEPEND ON SERVICE AND WORD COUNT
I will send a personal quote to authors based on the service they request and the word count of their project.
Please keep in mind, prices vary per project.
Reread of any manuscript will be a $50.00 charge
- A reread is only done upon request by author once I have already finished the original proof-read and have sent my critique.
*All prices are US Dollars and are subject to change per project. Please do not be afraid to inquire about charges!
THIS IS HOW IT WORKS
After sending me an email following the instructions below, I will respond to you with a price quote and a request for a copy of your work. I only accept Microsoft Word, as documents will be edited using the 'change tracker' feature.
I ask that you allow me 14 DAYS to finish reading and writing my critique. When I am done, I will email your manuscript, critique, and recommended revisions back to you along with a PayPal invoice according to your charge--you will have 3 days to pay it from the date sent.
Payments are made via PayPal ONLY. Please contact me with an email that is associated with a PayPal account or provide me with one I can send the invoice to.
If authors would like their manuscripts back in less than 14 days, a negotiation can be made for an additional fee of 25.00
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Proof-Read' 'Beta-Read' or 'Editing' in the subject line.
- Please include the Genre, Word Count, and a Short Blurb in the body of your email.
- Please include the service you are looking for (beta-reading, proof-reading, or editing). If there is something in particular you would like me to keep a close eye on while editing, please include a detail of that in your email.
- Please allow 1-2 days for a reply to your email.
WHAT I'M READING
While The Rebel Christian is a Christian platform, your work DOES NOT have to be explicitly Christian or religious at all for me to consider. It does, however, have to be a genre I enjoy.
WHAT I LIKE
Christian Fiction...Biblical Fiction...YA Fiction...Horror...Supernatural...Fantasy/Magic...Science Fiction...Drama/Contemporary Fiction
WHAT I DO NOT LIKE
Westerns...Time Travel...LGBTQ...Erotica...Chosen One...Non-Fiction
*I do not read erotica, however, romance with a detailed plot which includes a mature relationship is acceptable*
*I am willing to bend the rules for books that fall in the grey area*
These are reviews of my services from authors I have worked with in the past. They are taken from the website, Thumbtack. You can find my profile and also leave a review of my services by clicking here.
"A year or two ago, Valicity Garris wrote a review for my book, Mountain Song. My experience in dealing with her has been completely positive. She completed the reading and the review as promised, in a timely manner, and posted it as I requested.
She is a talented writer in her own right, as evidenced by the imaginative world and characters she created in Cross Academy, an exciting fantasy which incorporates good vs. evil and moral values into the story.
In this new venture into proof-reading, she continues her generous and enthusiastic support of other authors. To those considering the use of her services, I think you will find her reliable, honest, and supportive. I highly recommend her." --Jacalyn W. (Gave 5 stars on Thumbtack)
"Excellent services, extremely punctual!" --Angie G. (Gave 5 stars on Thumbtack)
A Worthwhile Experience
"I have worked with The Rebel Christian many times in the last 2 years: having my work proofread, edited, and even having Vee ghost write for me. What I love most is how versatile, dedicated, and kind she is. I don't write explicitly Christian work so her diversity and willingness to work with me was much appreciated. Each time we worked together I felt like I was her only client. I definitely recommend her services to others." --Cyndi E. (Gave 5 stars on Thumbtack)
Excellence in Editing
"I love the Rebel Christian, such thoughtful, accurate edits, such powerful revisions! Really thorough and very enlightening comments! The Rebel Christian polished my work and made me a better writer! Much love!" --Elle G. (Gave 5 stars on Thumbtack)
Well... That was a mouthful but I do hope I was clear on instructions and inviting enough for you to send me an email. Do not hesitate to email with general questions.
Just a last reminder--This section is for PAID AUTHOR SERVICES only, not to be confused with my book reviewing services. Please visit my Book Review Submission page to inquire about book reviews.