EDITING ASSISTANCE

 

I’m Joan Dempsey, and I love working with writers!

For more than ten years now I’ve worked with a wide variety of writers on all kinds of projects. I focus on what’s called developmental editing—I read your work with an eye toward what’s working well and what can be improved, and I provide you with specific, detailed guidance about what you need to learn or do to take your writing to the next level. I provide both big picture and sentence-level edits and suggestions to help you create your best work. Only $4.25 per page.

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NOTE: I am not a skilled copy editor, so if you're in need of final polishing for grammar, typos and the like, I'm not the best person for the job. Email me, though, and I'll happily steer you to a great copy editor!

HOW TO GET YOUR WORK PUBLISHED

 

Poets & Writers has a wealth of publishing resources:

Whatever you need to know about publishing your writing, Jane Friedman is the go to experienced professional. Do check out her full website, which contains vastly useful information. These are the publishing articles I refer to the most:

Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing Formula is the go-to place to learn about how to successfully publish your own work. Great free resources and super online classes.

How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Steps—Plus an Infographic Checklist

By Martin Cavanaugh, @Reedsy. Terrific, step-by-step process for fiction writers.

WHERE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK

 

Funds for Writers 

C. Hope Clark provides writers with an incredible service. Visit Funds for Writers to learn about where to get writing grants, how to submit to current contests, where to find freelancing gigs, and so much more. If you’re looking to get published, and to get paid for your work, you simply must know Funds for Writers. Subscribe to one of two newsletters to keep up with current opportunities.

Creative Writers Opportunities List

Don’t let the somewhat strange header of the Creative Writers Opportunities List get in your way of joining this important Yahoo group. More fondly known as CRWROPPS, this is the list to be on to get regular updates about submissions opportunities. I’ve been on this list for many years, and tell people about it almost daily. If you’re looking for places to submit, this is for you. (It’s free, thanks to the incredible generosity of poet & editor Allison Joseph.) Sign up here.

New Pages

I’ve been referring people to New Pages since it was a wee website showcasing literary journals. Now – wow! NewPages.com is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more. Great resource!

BOOK PROMOTION & PUBLICITY

 

Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing Formula is also the go-to place to learn about how to successfully advertise and promote your own work. Great free resources and amazing online classes.

Nick Stephenson's online course, Your First 10,000 Readers, is chock full of useful information about how to promote sales for your book. However you publish your book, you'll find great tips and tools for getting your book out into the hands of readers.

All Tim Grahl does is promote and publicize book sales, and he can teach you how to successfully launch your own book out into the world. Learn all the nitty gritty behind bestselling launches.

DIGITAL TOOLS

Please note that I personally haven’t used any of these tools, but I share them here because so many writers I work with do use them and find them useful; I’d feel remiss if I didn’t list them. Their inclusion here is not an endorsement from me, nor do I receive any commission if you sign up with them.