Category Archives: Editing

There Will Be Dragons — In Everett!

I’ll be bringing the Silk Road to Everett on Saturday, May 19! I’ll be discussing the Dragons of Asia (no, it’s not a band name — but maybe it should be!) when I present to their regular Saturday meeting at Lombardi’s of Everett. The Silk Road…And Beyond is a series of workshops I’ve been giving over the years (often with the assistance of the award-winning western romance writer Jacquie Rogers) that show how familiar ghosties and ghoulies have counterparts around the world, traveling the same paths as we humans.

Evergreen RWA meetings: https://www.evergreenrwa.org/upcoming-meetings/

Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant Everett: http://www.lombardisitalian.com/home/

Interested in the book? Check it out at Amazon: Dragons Along The Silk Road…And Beyond

First books in the series (Ghosts Along the Silk Road…And Beyond):
Paperback | Kindle Edition

Learn About Super-Hero Prose At Emerald City Comic Convention

Super-heroes don’t just fly on the big screen, hurl lightning bolts on your flatscreen, or leap giant buildings in a single bound in the panels of a comic book. I know; I’ve edited and written novels about them. (Did you know I was a proofreader at DC Comics back in the day? Or that I sold Superman stories — to Julius Schwartz, the editor who was Ray Bradbury’s agent — when I was in college?)

On March 1, I’ll be sharing that knowledge with attendees of the Emerald City Comic Convention in Seattle. I’ll be joined by other experts as we present Panel to Prose: Translating Super-Heroes from Four-Color Staple to Literary Trope.

Super-heroes have long been the near-exclusive purview of comics when it comes to print. With the recent massive success of movies adapted from the comics, super-heroes are enjoying wider appeal than ever before. Can body-suit clad heroes make the leap from glossy graphics-laden pages to prose novels? Is there a difference between the approach of the writer and editor? Are the readers different? Come to the panel and find out!

Looking for an editor to clean up your work?

You’ve come to the right place! I’m EMS Flynn, and I’ve been a copy editor for more than three decades. Are you looking to make sure your fiction, nonfiction, novel, article, or marketing piece is the cleanest and most concise it can be? I can help you. Over those three decades (and more), I’ve copy edited academic works, financial works, romance novels, literary short stories, high-tech manuals, comic books (well, that one was proofreading, which is very different), and more. I have a wide range of editing experience. Not only that, I’m a published author, so I’ve been on the other side of the process.

Now the numbers game…you’re nervous about having someone edit your work, and I don’t blame you. Just to make sure you and I are on the same page, you can hire me to copy edit your first ten pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first (I call this a “shorty edit”). That’s enough for you to get an idea of my style.

Rough breakdown for 2017 rates: It’s pretty basic.

Short stories: $300. A short story is a work up to 30,000 words. More than that, we go on to:

Novella edits (about 100 pages or up to 40,000 words): $400

Full manuscript: $600 for 50,000-word manuscript on up

Nonfiction manuscript: $750 on up, depending on length

Proofreads: $300 to $500 for work that’s been published previously and you’re looking to self-publish.

I also offer line editing, which involves actually doing some story breakdown (content editing). The price for that differs according to work, so we’d have to discuss that after I see the material. Line editing doesn’t involve grammar or punctuation; it examines structure overall and problems with the story itself. I also offer developmental editing, for varying lengths of work.

Drop me a line at emsflynn@aol.com and let’s talk.