S & L Editing, Two Editors for the Price of One

You may have seen the terms “content editor,” “copyeditor,” and “line editor” out there when looking for someone to polish your manuscript. In today’s day and age, your editor must be capable of doing all three: pointing out plot holes, inconsistent character voices, and continuity errors, and suggesting fixes; smoothing out language, ensuring subject and verb agreement, verb tense consistency, and recommending opportunities to clarify and restructure; and proofreading duties, including fixing typos, grammar, and punctuation, researching historical data (i.e., ensuring the museum Character A visits in Boston really is in Boston, and is spelled correctly), and fixing formatting and typography errors. Paying a content specialist to do one job, then paying a proofreader to do a second, can get costly and confusing. S & L Editing offers the solution to this problem.

Stacey Longo and Rob Smales work as a team, thoroughly vetting your manuscript, providing content, copy, and formatting suggestions. They offer two services: full editing, for writers who need a more comprehensive review their manuscript, and proofreading only, for those who are comfortable with the content of their work, and just need help with grammar, typography, formatting, and spelling. (Rates for these services can be found at http://balzertown.com/slediting/rates/.)

“We’re offering two experienced professionals for the price of one,” Longo said.

They do provide free, no-obligation quotes on any project. S & L Editing’s services are available for any writing project.

“We’ve revised novels, term papers, resumes, PowerPoint presentations, short stories, advertising campaigns . . . you name it, we’ve done it,” Longo said.

They’ve worked with and for publishers large and small, Fortune 500 companies, individual authors, and students. Their past client list includes Pearson Education, MetLife, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wargoat Press, and many self-published authors, and they serve as the exclusive editors for Books & Boos Press and The Storyside Press.

“Given the diversity of our clients, we’re well-versed in several different style guides, including The Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Stylebook, APA, and MLA formatting. We can also advise you on which style guide is best suited for your project,” Longo said.

What to Expect

Once you’ve reached out to S & L Editing, they’ll provide you with a quote for the full project and an estimate of when it will be completed. (“We have a 100% success rate on meeting that target date,” Longo adds.) Either Longo or Smales will take the lead on the project, running through the first edits, with the other following up behind them, reviewing the revised copy and providing a second set of eyes.

“If questions arise as we’re going over the material, we’ll e-mail you,” Smales said. “And if you have questions about our progress, we’re happy to keep you updated.”

When the job is complete, the client receives two files: one showing the tracked changes of every single suggestion and comment made, and one with the proofreading changes accepted to provide a clean manuscript, but with the comments on content still intact.

“We’re also available for follow-up questions after you’ve reviewed the material,” Smales said.

Whether you have a novel, college admissions essay, work presentation, or poetry collection, S & L Editing will polish your manuscript and help you submit the best work possible. Don’t put off this vital step any longer: contact S & L Editing at www.slediting.com today for more information!

Book Sale Ends in Two Days

By Jason Harris

 

Books & Boos Press, a small press located in Connecticut, has a sale on some of their titles including Secret Things by Stacey Longo and Echoes of Darkness by Rob Smales. This sale ends this Friday, Dec. 2. You can find out what titles here.

You can check out the presses sale video on YouTube here.

Pictures from the 2016 New England Author’s Expo

By Jason Harris

 

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Author Tabitha Lord.

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Author Katherine Silva.

Editor Tanya Gold.

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Books & Boos Press/Rob Smales table.

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Author E.J. Stevens.

Author Jackie Leduc.

Author Ian Hiatt.

Joe Ross of Rosstrum Publishing.

Actor/Author Mark Goddard (Lost in Space).

Author Guntis Goncarovs.

Author B.B. Boudreau.

Christopher Obert of Pear Tree Publishing.

Author Christopher Paniccia.

Author M.R. Tighe.

Listening to Author Rob Smales

By Jason Harris

Today, I’m taking a break from my next post of pictures from ConnectiCon, which I have at least one or two posts left to bring you.

Last night I went to Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA. to listen to author Rob Smales.

Smales read his story, “Those Little Bastards,” from his short story collection, Echoes of Darkness published by Books & Boos Press.

I would recommend if you ever have the chance to go to a book reading and signing by Smales then do it.He is an excellent reader. He really got into his reading and brought his story to life. It even had an unexpected ending, which you will have to find out for yourself. 


The perfect time to read “Those Little Bastards” and the other stories in Echoes of Darkness is now. There is a sale going on until July 18. The e-book is $1.99 and the paperback is $9.99. Click here for these great sale prices.

You can meet Rob Smales at the New England Author’s Expo on Wednesday, July 27, in Danvers, MA. He will be at the Books & Boos Press table.

Black Friday Deals from Books & Boos Press

2015-11-25 20.15.15We at Books & Boos Press wants to give our readers a chance to fill their Kindles and other e-readers with spiders. We are giving away e-book copies of Where Spiders Fear to Spin by Peter N. Dudar from Nov. 27 through 30! Don’t miss this chance to read this novella by Dudar, who is a Bram Stoker Award Finalist.

Where Spiders Fear to Spin tells the tale of former soap opera star Sadie Mills, a woman literally haunted by her past whose final days are filled with horror. Her daughter resents taking care of her, her former lovers are dying off one by one, and her dead husband’s vengeful ghost has returned from the dead to drag her to hell.

To get your free copy, click here.

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Along with giving away Spiders, we have lowered the price on Insanity. You can now get $2 off the e-book or print copy of Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear until Nov. 30.

The collection features eleven stories from six of New England’s finest storytellers. David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Rob Smales, and Ursula Wong each have two short stories in the book; Vlad V. contributed a novella. Multiple Bram Stoker winner Joe McKinney (Crooked HousePlague of the Undead) wrote the foreword.

The book is a themed anthology: each author based their stories on different senses, going beyond the traditional (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) to elements such as a sense of doom, of powerlessness to control the future, and a sense of false hope.

If you want some Insanity, click here.

Find Out about ‘My Peculiar Family’

By Stacey Longo

 

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About a year ago, the crew over at Sci-Fi Saturday Night contacted me about a book project they were thinking of putting together. The Dome enthusiastically described how he had a bunch of old photographs of people. What did I think of the idea of sending those photos to various authors with just a character name and occupation, and having the authors write the stories of those people’s lives?

It sounded like a heck of a lot of fun to me.  Some time later, I got an e-mail.

Stacey,

Your character’s name is Gussie, and she works in an apothecary. Other than that, go for it!

As soon as I saw the cheerful, bright-eyed young woman in the photo, her story started coming to me. Taking a page from William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, I decided Gussie would be the person the women in town would discreetly visit when they found themselves with a problem. Perhaps they were unhappy about being in the family way. Or were in need of a way out of an abusive marriage. Woman problems. You see.

But what town? Gussie looked like a sturdy New Englander to me. And in what town, did I think, would women who had . . . problems . . . seek dark solutions? Fall River, Massachusetts, of course. I had the first draft of “Miss Elizabeth’s Poison” done in a week, and the final version done within the month.

It was a blast to write. Now we need your help to get it in print.

Sci-Fi Saturday Night has started a Kickstarter program to fund the final publication of My Peculiar Family. There’s an impressive lineup of authors in the anthology, including James A. Moore, Tracy Hickman, and William Meikle, among others. To donate (and snag some impressive rewards), please visit here; and support the arts.

You’ll be glad you did, I can promise you.

Pictures from CT Horrorfest 2015

By Jason Harris

The 2nd Annual CT Horrorfest took place at The Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, CT. on July 18.

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Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Freddy Krueger and author Stacey Longo.

Freddy Krueger and author Stacey Longo.


Warrington Gillette (Friday the 13th: Part 2).

Warrington Gillette (Friday the 13th: Part 2).


Regan.

Regan.

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Alien Queen.

Alien Queen.


Authors Stacey Longo and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books and Boos table.

Authors Stacey Longo and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books and Boos‘ table.


WWE Wrestler Mick Foley.

WWE Wrestler Mick Foley.


The Mummy.

The Mummy.

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Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, and Edwin Neal.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre panel: Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, and Edwin Neal.


Freddy Krueger and Jason  Voorhees.

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

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Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover with The Shining girls.

Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover with The Shining girls.

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Doug Bradley.

Doug Bradley (Pinhead).


Independent filmmaker James Balsamo (left), author Stacey Longo (middle), and actor Carmine Capobianco (right).

Independent filmmaker James Balsamo (left), author Stacey Longo (middle), and actor Carmine Capobianco (right).

Pictures from AnthoCon 2015

 

By Jason Harris

 

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Great Old Ones Publishing.

Great Old Ones Publishing.

Author Kevin Lucia.

Author Kevin Lucia.

Author Rob Smales.

Author Rob Smales.

The State of the Union for Speculative Fiction and Art Panel.

The State of the Union for Speculative Fiction and Art Panel.

Author Kevin Lucia making the introductions for the readings of four authors.

Author Kevin Lucia introducing four authors who were going to read from their work.

Author M.J. Preston.

Author M.J. Preston.

Author Gene O'Neill Autobiography in Fiction panel.

Author Gene O’Neill’s Autobiography in Fiction panel.

Author and AnthoCon organizer Tim Deal giving the convention's closing remarks.

Author and AnthoCon organizer Tim Deal giving the convention’s closing remarks.

Authors Peter N. Dudar and L.L. Soares.

Authors Peter N. Dudar and L.L. Soares.

The Business Savvy: Understanding Contracts/Preventing Exploitation panel.

The Business Savvy: Understanding Contracts/Preventing Exploitation panel.

AnthoCon's Dealer Room.

AnthoCon’s Dealer Room.

The Macabre Maine, a publishing project, table.

The Macabre Maine, a publishing project, table.

From left to right: Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and authors Stacey Longo, Peter N. Dudar, L.L. Soares, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books & Boos table.

From left to right: Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and authors Stacey Longo, Peter N. Dudar, L.L. Soares, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books & Boos table.

Carl G. and Philip Perron of Great Old Ones Publishing.

Carl G. and Philip Perron of Great Old Ones Publishing.

The Shock Totem table.

The Shock Totem table.

Author T.T. Zuma.

Author T.T. Zuma.

Author Holly Newstein

Author Holly Newstein.

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Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and author Stacey Longo.

Author James A. Moore.

Author James A. Moore.

New England Horror Writers.

New England Horror Writers.

‘Where Spiders Fear To Spin’ is Now Available from Books & Boos Press

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Books & Boos Press is proud to announce the release of Where Spiders Fear to Spin, the terrifying new novella from Bram Stoker Award® Finalist Peter N. Dudar. Acclaimed artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell illustrated the book.

Where Spiders Fear to Spin tells the tale of former soap opera star Sadie Mills, a woman literally haunted by her past whose final days are filled with horror. Her daughter resents taking care of her, her former lovers are dying off one by one, and her dead husband’s vengeful ghost has returned from the dead to drag her to hell.

We’ll be celebrating the release of the book at Anthocon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (www.anthocon.com), June 5–7, 2015. Both Dudar and Goodell will be available on Saturday, June 6, at the Books & Boos’ tables to sign copies of the novella.

The book is available in paperback or e-book wherever books are sold. Visit one of these links to buy your copy today!

Amazon:

Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/spiderspaperback
Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/spidersebook

Barnes & Noble:

http://tinyurl.com/spidersbandn

Review copies are available upon request. Contact Stacey Harris at stacey@booksandboos.com.

‘My Mom Has MS’ Author to Appear at Rhode Island MS Walk

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Author Stacey Longo will be on hand at the Walk MS event being held at Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, RI this Sunday, May 3. Longo will be selling her children’s book, My Mom Has MS, to help fundraise for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

My Mom Has MS is the story of Patrick Holder, an impressive young man whose mother Renee was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. While the entire family banded together to help Renee cope with her diagnosis, young Patrick began asking his friends not to buy him gifts on his birthday, but rather to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Longo and Renee Holder have been friends for a decade. “I wrote the book as a surprise for Renee and her family, to both honor all of them—they really are an amazing team—and to help raise money to find a cure for MS,” Longo said. “Patrick’s tale was both endearing and remarkable. I was honored to be able to put it to paper.” Longo also illustrated the book.

Renee and Patrick will be volunteering at the Bristol MS Walk. Book-buyers are welcome to have their book signed by both the author and the stars of the story.

My Mom Has MS is published by Books & Boos Press. The book can be purchased here.