Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Free Editing Services

Will Edit for Food

For real.

Now, don't start throwing stuff at me. I'm looking to edit specific stuff. I've got standards, man.

First, the rub:

I lost my job. I know--who hasn't lately? Unfortunately, I'm not in a position where I can wait it out, looking for just the right thing. There's no fallback plan to provide me with insurance or, you know, roofs. Writing fiction is now a luxury for me, one that doesn't come often. It's all about the job hunt now. And income. And omg-there's-a-penny! Because children. And eating.

It's tough, though. For years, I opted to do the stay-at-home-mom thing over building a career. I was fortunate to be able to do it and figured a career would come later. But we live in a society that seems to say, "Hell yeah, women can have it all," with its fingers crossed. Forget the stellar education in English and Creative Writing or the honors and academic awesomeness. Forget the freelance work I've done, the serious volunteer work, or the years of developing a (spectacularly unsuccessful) fiction writing career. Employers want to see someone my age with unbroken years of experience and no blank spaces filled up with children. It's disheartening, to say the least. But I'm not a quitter. And I've got skills, yo. One of those skills happens to be bartering and negotiating. (Once, I talked a grizzly dude on the streets of New York into selling me a $20 knock-off Hard Rock sweatshirt for $3 and a smile.)

I'm also a really good editor. Seems to me I can come up with something to keep moving forward (and feeding children).

But this post isn't to pimp my services in exchange for money (yet). Right now, I'm offering free editing and proofreading in order to build up a fresh portfolio. That is, I need fresh editing samples to use professionally (to get work--I don't intend to use it publicly, like on my blog, unless you contractually allow me to).* So, if you have something that needs edited, and you happen to think, based on our witty exchanges and nonverbal communications, my blog posts, my reputation, my Facebook posts and tweets, and/or my sparkling personality that I might do a good job, (or even if you're unsure, but could use free editing anyway), we may be able to work out a special arrangement.

I'm looking to edit and/or proof (FOR FREE):

  • First three-five pages of a work of fiction (any genre)
  • First three-five pages of a work of nonfiction
  • Articles for online and print submission (I'm looking for both editorial and informative)
  • Academic article/document (something super geeky and sciencey and/or just above my capability to understand what the bazooka you're talking about is totally cool with me)
  • Marketing Copy
  • Cover/flap copy
  • Miscellaneous (Not gonna lie--I'd like to see something really weird need editing)

There's seriously no catch here. I need samples to get work.** You need editing. We'll trade back scratches. If you're interested, shoot me an email: cvaldezmiller (at) gmail (dot) com. We can discuss your project/document and determine if: 1. It's something that would be useful for my portfolio and, thus, able to be edited by me; and 2. How pleased you're going to be. Please indicate:

  1. What your document/project is (please don't send it yet) 
  2. What you intend to do with it
  3. What type of editing you are needing
  4. Your bank account and login info (just kidding, unless, you know, you're really generous).
That's it, folks. Thanks for visiting. Come again. Don't forget to tip your server. 

(Because children. And eating.)

P.S. I generally use Chicago Manual of Style as my go-to style, but if you really, really need something else, contact me anyway.

P.P.S. If you are in need of written copy (online or print, marketing, editorial or informative or whatever), I also happen to be a writer. Most of the time. You can contact me, too.

P.P.P.S. I use Word, Track Changes, and Oxford commas. The end.

*I would obviously never pass your work off as my own, but I'd like to state it anyway, since you don't know me and might be freaked out. I would use the edited (Track Changes) versions to prove what a stellar editor I am, and I would never post online or in any other public location without your permission. If your work contains any confidential material or material that can't be reproduced, um, yeah...I can't really use it in my portfolio.

**I offer freelance clients a free sample of my work specifically for them, but employers often want to see portfolio samples. Most of what I currently have is either irrelevant, confidential, or contractually unusable.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, dude. As I, for you, with regard to writing some of the best damn stuff I've ever had the privilege to work on.

  2. I was a stay at home mom too and am finding it very difficult to get back at my previous career full time. Good luck to you! I know you are an amazing editor!

  3. I'm sorry, Carolina! Want me to post this in the Ninja News next Monday for you?

  4. Hi, Carolina. Sending good thoughts your way. Best wishes with the editing services.

  5. What an awesome idea, Caroline! I will definitely keep you in mind, my dear! Wishing you all the best of everything! xoxo

  6. Girl, I just might take you up on this.
    My current projects are a lot longer, but I trust trust trust you and think you're a wonderful genius.
    I'll stay tuned...with my fingers crossed for you, too.

    P.S. Go, Oxford comma!

  7. I will so keep my fingers crossed that this takes off for you. It's not the right timing for me, but if it were, I'd be all in. Best wishes!

  8. Good luck with the job search. I can SO relate. I'll be looking for a new job when my company closes later this year. Like you, I need to find a job.

  9. So sorry about that job. Rotten. But I admire you for striking out on this venture. I hope it works and I'll send you my information because I could use that editing right about now. Perfect timing. So let's see if you're interested in what I have.

  10. Aha. I found you again via Alex's blog. I liked your old site very much but this is very nice, too!!!

  11. Tweeted your link to this... Hope it helps!

  12. I'm really sorry to hear about the job loss and I also think this editing is a fab idea. And kudos to you for removing any and all catches!



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