11.29.2014

Another Pair of Peepers

Smart writers know that it is very easy to get too close to the work and not really "see" the larger picture--and sometimes having a writers' group or a trusted reader is the very thing that delineates a good piece of work from something that is only mediocre. But that good piece of work can become even better with polish, like fine furniture.

Most new writers have to learn this the hard way. Often their submissions to venues will be rejected solely on the "amateur" mistake of sending out a piece too soon, unpolished, unedited or having no proofreading in place. Sometimes it might have needed a major overhaul to be accepted; but sometimes just another pair of peepers on it, to smooth the rough edges would have made the grade.

There are writing sites on the internet that are very helpful. Communities of writers get together and critique each others' work; some even go so far as to correct spelling and punctuation, but usually such exchanges are for the support of the early draft, to see if a story or chapter "works" or not. Zoetrope is the website I have used for over ten years for just such support, and it is invaluable. Plus it's a great way to meet like-minded writers and find lifetime friends. But it is just one stop in the process from conception to finished product.

For some people, working in groups (and having to do the reciprocal "payback" by critiquing a lot of other people's work) is not efficient and they would rather work one-on-one with an editor. And it can be cost prohibitive for those without ample resources. For others, after all the critiques and revisions, a final Amen is wanted. It is for that reason that I am offering pauper prices for another pair of peepers on your work; professional expertise at rock bottom fees.

Why would I do this? you might ask. The answer is I am good at it, and it satisfies my altruistic needs. I have semi-retired, have moved to a small mobile home in Naples, Florida. My financial needs are minimal. I am an artist, a couch potato, a loner. My youth was full of adventure, money, travel and it is behind me. I write, I read, I watch film, and I can use a little extra money, but I don't have grand financial ambitions.

If you have questions and would like to discuss projects, just drop an email to bevjackson at gmail.com, with your phone number and a good time to talk. We can always work something out. I am interested in working with you!