Need A Writer? An Editor? A Proofreader? How About All Of The Above?

Need A Writer? An Editor? A Proofreader? How About All Of The Above?

Late last week I got a call from a husband and wife asking about vanity publishers. Yes, such predatory companies are still out there, preying on the hopeful.

These nice folks asked me if it sounded legit when a “publisher” offered to put the wife’s book out for a small service fee of $4,000and they even get ten hard copies of the book for their trouble!

I told them if I were them, I would pass.

 

Editing, Proofing, and Other Pleasant Work

That conversation segues nicely into today’s blog post. In a recent video, I talked about the challenge facing every independent author: finding reliable, affordable editors and proofreaders.

But I wanted to expand on the subject a little more than I can in a two-minute video. Hence today’s topic.

While I was speaking with these nice people who almost got scammed, I recognized their need for professional guidance. After all, if you don’t go with a vanity press, and then decide to self-publish, you’ll need professional editing and proofreading.

With nearly two decades of experience honing these skills, I offer them today as services to select clients. And I’ve got some available slots on the calendar. Email info@msahno.com for a quote.

 

The Track Record

Last week’s videoand today’s expansion on the topiccame out of a question from one of my newsletter subscribers. He wanted to know if I’d ever published anything that I later found out had errors in it.

Well, the short answer is yes—fewer errors than the average traditionally-published book.

In 2015, I put out no less than three books on the same day, a total of about 1,000 pages’ worth of material. Each had less than the industry average of six typos per book.

And in 2019, I published my fourth novel, Whizzers, which—to the best of my knowledge—has zero errors. Not too shabby.

So yes, I still offer editing and proofreading services, in addition to freelance writing services.

By the way, that newsletter I mentioned above is free to all subscribers. To get yoursalong with an exclusive free ebook short story collectionvisit the signup page here.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

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Meet The New Year—Same As The Old Year?

Looking back at the blog over the past few months, I see a few obsessions emerging. Nothing surprising there—of course we’re all suffering from pandemic fatigue, and I’m not surprised to see my worries about the 2020 election as topics.

In my October 26th post, If There Ever Was a Time to be Apolitical, This Isn’t It, I wrote as follows about the “best-case scenario” of a decisive Biden victory:

Everything goes right, and even a few court skirmishes in select states are not enough to overturn the will of “We the People.” No doubt it will still cause chaos—because of 45’s brain-dead supporters, not to mention the Sociopath-in-Chief himself—but maybe we can finally begin to recover from the most damaging, divisive, and flat-out exhausting administration ever.

Thankfully, that came to fruition.

But then came the absurd “Stop the Steal” movement, culminating in the events of January 6th, a day that should live in infamy the way Pearl Harbor and the Kristallnacht still live in the history books today.

 

Not Even Surprised

I remember exactly where I was when 9/11 happened: at the gym.

I was switching between machines, lifting weights, when I noticed many people had stopped their workouts and were riveted to the TV screens around the treadmill area. They watched in horror and shock as Flights 11 and 175 crashed into the World Trade Center towers.

Most, if not all of these people apparently could not believe what was happening. And they were even more shocked to learn that it was intentional—that there were people from other parts of the planet who actually hated us.

I wasn’t surprised at all. Not in the slightest.

You see, I’d been abroad, and I knew that the perception of the US in other parts of the world wasn’t based on marketing, nationalism, or even actual patriotism. It was based on the US government’s actions.

In fact, before the 9/11 terrorists were found to be Middle Eastern, my first thoughts had gone much closer to home.

Perhaps they were from Chile, where the US had supported brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet in a coup that toppled the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende all the way back in the early 70s. Or maybe they were from another Latin American country, Nicaragua, where Reagan had financed, trained, and armed the Contras in opposition to the Sandinistas—with the help of the CIA, of course.

But it turned out I was wrong, after all. The 9/11 crew were all from our good pals Saudi Arabia. Lucky for us, eh?

 

If Ignorance Is Bliss…

Most of my fellow Americans remain blissfully ignorant of these aspects of our history even today. I doubt any of it’s being taught in school, but of course, if a college professor dared to mention it, he’d probably be branded a “dangerous leftist.” Such is the world we live in now.

Even more sadly, the ongoing brainwashing of millions of Americans via right-wing media has led to a situation where not only do some of them think the press is an “enemy of the people” (the mainstream media, disdainfully referred to as “MSM”), but they also falsely believe that nationalism and patriotism are the same thing. So it became easy to convince them that the election was stolen. In fact, it was a foregone conclusion by way of the logic-bending lie, “If I win, the election wasn’t fixed; if I lose, it was fixed.” I referred to these fascism supporters as “brain-dead” in my October 26th post, not because I think they are all equally stupid, but because this setup seems to be proving that the very malleability of the human brain puts us in real danger.

And so today’s post headline—a reference to The Who lyric Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss—isn’t intended to imply that the new administration will be the same as the last one. It surely won’t be. But so far, at least, this year is still feeling a hell of a lot like last year.

I’d hoped that the outcome of the November election would bring some kind of relief, but I also knew I probably wouldn’t feel 100% relaxed until some time around January 21st. Last week’s horrific events demonstrated that it’s much worse out there than I’d realized. And that’s really saying something.

Maybe instead of God Bless America, we should start praying, God, save us from ourselves.

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I don’t really think of myself as a healthcare writer, although I did earn a living for many years by marketing a variety of healthcare services—from traditional to alternative medicine. These days, I’m more in the Author-Speaker-Publisher mode, writing books and articles on all sorts of subjects.

But my history with healthcare writing and my own history with personal care seems to have made me circle back to the subject at various times. Glancing through this blog, I see I wrote an article in 2018 on the benefits of meditation and exercise; another in 2019 on the role running plays in many writers’ lives, including my own; and last year, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, an article on self-care for creatives, encompassing exercise, proper nutrition, and even affirmations. Talk about a potpourri of healthcare interests!

 

Gotta Walk Before You Can Run

As we lurch into 2021, I find myself again reflecting on my own, somewhat difficult history with self-care. I still recall how panic-stricken I felt back in 1989 when, newly-sober, I realized how out of shape I actually was.  Just 24, I’d been smoking for years, and my pack-a-day habit doubled in my first year of sobriety. I was chronically winded.

My eating habits were nearly as bad as my lack of exercise, namely because I ate whatever I felt like. Pizza and beer followed by some Ben & Jerry’s was a perfectly acceptable meal to me right up until February of 1989.

When I first went out to exercise, it was walking only—power-walking, actually.

Well, something about being a man power-walking alone down a country road seemed intolerably nerdy. I felt I looked foolish, and somehow I wanted more. But beyond that, I just felt like I could go faster than even my fastest walking pace. So I tried to run.

My initial attempts at running were about as tentative as many writers’ first forays into creating text. First I’d walk, run a short distance, then go back to walking. It was exhilarating, even scary. Yet I could do it. Those tiny bursts of running eventually turned longer, and I took bona fide runs. Eventually, I even started doing 5K races with large groups.

 

…And Back to Walking Again

Unfortunately for me, a series of car accidents—I was rear-ended by four different careless drivers between 2002 and 2013—left me with a fair amount of chronic neck and back pain. Combine that with flat feet that require custom orthotics and you’ve got a recipe for a kinder, gentler version of exercise.

So these days, I’m taking some long walks around my neighborhood. And, at 56, I remain in pretty darn good shape (“for my age,” as they say). Annual physical exams reveal all the vitals to be normal. And, in spite of the fact that I still love ice cream, I suspect that my decades-long vegetarianism has helped keep my cholesterol numbers in an excellent range. My LDL level is always pleasantly low, while my HDL level is remarkably high.

And the key to all this is the old adage about a healthy mind and a healthy body. I have to get out there and exercise, eat right, and get enough good sleep so I can function at a high level when I work. When I do these things, I feel pretty good; when I don’t, I don’t. It’s as simple as that. Not easy, but simple.

What about you? Any health tips or experiences you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!

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