Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Sale!

The SuperMoon has passed and soon we will experience The Solstice!

In celebration of the holidays, Scarlett Editing is offering deep discounts on ALL services.

If you have a book or story that needs developmental editing, copy editing, line editing, or proofreading in December, January, or February, please contact us today for your own personal quote.

Our prices are very reasonable. Our regular rates are around one to two cents a word, depending on the service.

Discounts range from 20 to 60% depending on what you need to have done!

November is full but there are openings in December!

Any genre
Any genre
Board books
Self-help manuals

We do it all!

sephgiron @

Sale ends on Cyber Monday at midnight!

A small deposit of $50 locks in your sale price today no matter when you want your work edited.

All prices are in US dollars.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School Sale!

Wow! How did it get to be August already?

Busy Times
I've been working hard all summer on your books and stories. It is truly a joy and a thrill to be privy to so many magnificent ideas!

I'm only now looking up from my desk as I've had non-stop editing work since May!

Now I have room on my desk for new projects once again.

Please sign up early to get a spot in the queue if you need your manuscript completed by a specific date.

Deep Discount
For a very limited time, I'm offering a deep discount on my editing services.

This is my back-to-school sale!

Send me a deposit of $50 US by Paypal to by August 25, 2016

This will ensure that you have a discount rate of 20% off for all editing work that you order between now and December 31, 2016.

This includes books and stories.

All genres.

Get a Free Quote
You can email me for a quote about your work at any time.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Busy May! Will June Be Just as Busy?

We were massively busy in May with a lot of book and story manuscripts! I guess a lot of you were busy writing over the winter.

We now have room to take on more clients this week! If you have a book or story that needs editing or proofreading, please send it along.

We accept all genres!

We accept all lengths!

We look forward to reading your work and helping you make it the best it can be!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the Fourth Editing Sale!

It's Star Wars Day!
We are huge Star Wars fans here at Scarlett Editing so what better way to celebrate all things Star Wars than to hold an editorial services sale!

All levels of editing are included in this sale!

After all, Star Wars was written on paper long before it was ever filmed.

All movies begin with a screenplay!

There are novelizations of Star Wars as well. Hundreds of them!

Perhaps you are working on a Star Wars novel or a fan fiction story! We'd love to edit it for you!

All Genres! All Writers!
We have edited over 1000 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. We provide book doctor and ghost writing services as well

We have experience in fiction and non-fiction, poetry, YA, and children's books. There is no genre or story we won't edit.

All genres qualify for this sale. Your story doesn't have to be science fiction or space opera.

Flash Sale!  
25% off all services for the rest of 2016 when you place $100 deposit today.

For the rest of 2016, you may enjoy 25% off ALL SERVICES you order no matter what kind. 

That's right, you can come to us as many times as you desire for the rest of 2016 and enjoy 25% off any and all services that you use!

The manuscript doesn't have to be ready to send today but the deposit needs to be received by MIDNIGHT May 4, 2016

Please feel free to ask any questions about how the sale works. 

Use this button right now to reserve your special price of 25% off all editorial services for the rest of 2016!

May the Force Be with You!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Are You Writing?

There are a million gadgets for writers to use to write. You can spend hundreds on programs and spend hours learning about software to write novels, make notes, and more.

However, at the end of the day, all the gadgets in the world aren't going to make you write better.

A story is still a story no matter how many bells and whistles you drape over it.

A story needs to have a beginning, middle, and end.

A story needs to be compelling.

If you don't have a plot or interesting characters, it doesn't matter how many thousands of dollars you spend on your laptop.

Writers write.

You can put pen to paper or fingers on a keyboard.

As long as words are going onto paper, then you are writing.

Are You Writing?
Talking about writing isn't writing.

Reading is part of the writing process but still isn't writing.

Going to a reading series is part of the process but isn't writing.

Sitting in Starbucks with a laptop isn't writing unless you're writing.

Applying for grants isn't writing.

Wearing scarves and berets isn't writing.

Having long debates about writing isn't writing.

Attending conventions is part of the networking process but isn't writing.

Writing is Writing
Scribbling notes while the kids are at class is writing.

Rewriting paragraphs and sentences is writing.

Staring out at the lake and creating stories in your head that you will later use is writing.

Putting words on paper is writing.

Sharing words on paper with others is writing.

Sending your work to publishers and editors is writing.

Listening to (though not necessarily taking) well-meaning editorial advice from friends, family, peers, and editors is writing.

Writers Write!
So stop talking about it and get writing!

And if you need professional editorial advice, pop us an email!

We are taking new clients this week!


Flash Sale!  
25% off for the first five clients who book services with a $100 deposit.
The manuscript doesn't have to be ready to send today but the deposit needs to be sent by MIDNIGHT May 4, 2016

Payment sent to sephgiron @

Please feel free to ask any questions about how the sale works.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Time for Editing

Summer will be here soon which means long, lazy vacations or maybe it means rushing around with the kids. At any rate, the last thing you're going to feel like doing is editing your manuscript.

If you've been working on a book or a story all winter, you're likely sick of it by now. Why not turn your work over to the professionals at Scarlett Editorial Services?

While you're off having a life, we'll be here bringing your work to life.

Summer is a fantastic time to make notes and start working on your next book. So feel free to jump ahead into the next project while we wrap up what's left to do on your previous one.

For rates, please .

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

Members of the Horror Writers Association always enjoy a discount. Be certain to tell me that you're a current member.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring Forward with Deep Discount Flash Sale!

I'm just finishing up the last manuscript from clients who took advantage of my previous sale! Yes, it took me three months, which shows you how many people recognize value when they see it! I had a lot of interest in my service and now I'm ready to offer you a new deal!

So, in celebration of Spring and the Time Change, I offer the Flash Forward Sale.

The Flash Forward Sale is only available for Developmental Editing Service. All genres. All story lengths from short stories to novels. Fiction or non-fiction.

The Flash Forward Sale is worth 20% off the cost of developmental editing.

You get 20% off the price but 100% of service!

For example, if your manuscript is 55,000 words, the cost of my DE service at regular price would be: $1100

With the Flash Forward sale, your cost for DE service is only $880.

That is a huge savings of $220!

How can you get in on this deal?

It's very easy.

If you put a $100 deposit today through Paypal at sephgiron@ or by EFT, you lock in the price for DE service for the rest of 2016.

That's right!

Sale Extended to midnight on March 15, 2016!
For $100 deposit by midnight on March 13, 2016, you can enjoy 20% off all developmental editing services for the rest of 2016.

This offer is for developmental editing only.

So if you're working on a story or a book but it's not ready yet, a deposit will lock in the price for when you are ready!


Friday, March 11, 2016

Get Ready for Summer and Publish Your Book!

Spring is nearly here in Toronto. In fact, we barely had a winter.

Sure we had the coldest day in one-hundred years.  A few cold days surrounded by weirdly warm weather of gorgeous sunshine and little need for heavy coats was nothing compared to the past few years of ice storms and Snowmageddon.

We also had a "big blizzard" but really, in the big picture, winter was rather mild this year.

Spring is time for blossoming and new beginnings!

Have you finished your first draft? Your last draft?  Are you ready for developmental editing?

I've cleared my desk from all of the clients who have sought my services over the winter months.  My last prepaid editing project will be completed by Sunday night.

That means I have room and time for new (and old) clients on a first come, first served basis.

I also can reserve specific dates for you if you send a deposit. Just pop me an email and we can discuss!

Getting your editing out of the way now means you might be able to publish your book in time for summer!

Check out my price list and pop me an email so we can discuss your book and how I can help you make it shine!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Clean Up Your Act!

How many times have you hired a cleaning person?

How many times have you hired a cleaning service?

Do you have a weekly cleaning service in place at your home?

Do you have a live-in housekeeper? A cook? A nanny? A dog walker? Someone to mow your lawn? Shovel your snow? Weed your garden?

Do you hire staff when you have a party?

A lot of people hire other people to clean up their messes. It’s always been this way.

Here's A Story
Way back in the seventies, in what was considered cutting-edge times, The Brady Bunch, a fictional TV family, had a housekeeper even though Carole was a stay-at-home mom and Mike was only an architect.

But Alice was there mopping and dusting and cooking while Carole ran around to PTA meetings.

It’s still the same today for many types of (lucky!) people.


Because no one wants to clean up a mess.

Cleaning wastes time.

It’s boring to clean. It takes time away from earning money or playing with the kids. Most people hate cleaning. And so they will find a way to have other people clean at least a few things for them, depending on their budgets.

A Clean Sweep
I have a friend who was laid off from a great job about a year ago. She set to work cleaning other people’s houses in the neighbourhood for extra cash. A year later, she has a multi-woman team, and is making a great living cleaning other people’s houses, and funny enough, pretty much in her own neighbourhood.

It just goes to show you how many people hate to clean! Or at the very least, don’t have time to scrub toilets and bat away cobwebs. They hate cleaning so much they will pay others to do it for them.

There is a rare breed, and I’ve met a few of them over the years, my friend being one of them, who love to clean. They are in their glory cleaning other people’s stuff. So yes, some people love to clean and they will clean for almost anyone, for a price.

The funny thing about house-keeping is that anyone can do it, even little kids, and yet people will pay big bucks for other people to come in and mop the floors or pick up after a party or shovel the snow.

However, we all admit, nothing in the world feels better than walking into a shiny, clean, fresh-smelling home after a long commute.

Cleaning Is an Art
People who clean houses for a living have it down to an art. They work quickly and efficiently, knowing the short-cuts and how to combat specific challenges.

Freelance cleaning people can make $10 to $100 an hour, depending on how fabulous they are at their jobs, the type of house they are cleaning, and the financial means of their client. Some cleaners receive great tips and perks in addition to their fees.

Clean Up That Manuscript
Editing is much like cleaning. 

An editor’s job is to help the writer reach his full potential without losing his voice or intent. An editor’s role is to remove the clutter of developmental or grammatical errors, trim the fat, tighten up the manuscript, which essentially is cleaning up a writer’s work. When an editor has finished the job, the writer is free to keep or discard the editor’s changes and advice.

Most editors have post-secondary degrees and other training. Years in the trenches as a writer and editor brings experience with the process though not necessarily the skill. Some editors specialize only in specific tasks such as developmental editing or copy-editing. Some editors are well suited to offer all levels of editing. 

Freelance Editors
Considering the cost of education and the millions that publishing houses generate, one would think that a freelance editor makes $100s an hour. But, sadly that’s not true for the average freelancer. The current average of set fees posted on the internet against real editing time, not including emails, phone calls, and meetings, would likely fall between $5 to $60 an hour. It depends on the size of the project, level of editing, the level of the author’s writing ability, and the fee.

When it comes to editing, you often get what you pay for. Editing done dirt cheap will likely be competent but things will likely fall through the cracks, as the editor is working quickly. A really high priced editor may or may not deliver the best darned editing ever invented. A fee in the middle from an editor who has been working for a few years will likely guarantee a good job.

And it’s the same with the cleaning services you use in your home. You likely don’t hire the cheapest cleaning lady on the block but you don’t want to shell out big bucks either. So you go with the middle priced candidate and get a decent job, sometimes excellent.

Start the New Year with a Clean Slate
The next time you decide that you don’t want to pay for editing or proofreading, think about how much you shell out on other people cleaning up after you, your kids, and your dog. Isn't that manuscript you poured your blood, sweat, and tears into worth a cleaning as well?