I really hate making this post, but right now I don't have many other options.
My COBRA insurance has expired. This means that I need to buy other insurance. Thanks to having pre-existing conditions, my only real option right now is buying a plan through the Freelancer's Union. There may be more, but this seems to be my best option.
Unfortunately, to do this I need to have made a specific amount of money within the last six months.
If I go from February 1 up through today, I need to make $1566.47 by September 1 to qualify.
So. I'm looking for a few additional clients this month. Just one or two would help a lot. I've been completely redesigning my website over the last few months, and it's not ready to go live just yet, so I can't direct you to it to learn about me. But what I can do is tell you a bit about me and my rates here.
I primarily edit fiction, and my areas of expertise are science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, and romance (paranormal and contemporary, mostly). I've edited or co-edited several anthologies including the Steam-Powered series, and my work as an anthologist has been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award (Steam-Powered I), the Golden Crown Literary Award (for Hellebore & Rue (co-edited with Catherine Lundoff) and Heiresses of Russ 2011 (with Steve Berman), as well as a winner of last year's Rainbow Book Award (Hellebore & Rue). I have also been a finalist for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award (Sleeping Beauty, Indeed). As you may be able to tell, I love working with LGBTQ authors and LGBTQ work quite a bit!
I've also edited just about everything else you can imagine, including blog posts, website copy, nonfiction books, inspirational books, Christian books, ebooks, courses for life coaches, and more articles than I can count. I also do ghostwriting and article writing.
My rates are $2 per page for copy editing and line editing and $2.50-$3 per page (depending on project length) for developmental editing (which includes copy editing at no extra charge). I've had to raise them just a little this year, but this price will be in place for the rest of 2012. (If you are a previous client, this does not apply to you.)
You can learn more about me and see referrals from happy publishers and authors at my LinkedIn page
. You can also hire me on Elance
if you are so inclined. If you've got questions, please email me at jo(dot)vanderhooft@ (gmail) (dot) com.
If you aren't in need of work but know anyone who is, please pass this along. I'd really appreciate it!
Thanks so much for your time.