Thursday, May 02, 2013

Stick it to a Billionaire!


I just Googled editing services and found that proof- reading alone is available for 2.4 cents per word. 5 cents a word seems to be a good price for proofreading and editing plus comments. For a 70,000-word book, that works out to $3500. And if you want to deduct all of that as a business expense, your writing has to bring in at least $3500. And for all you know, your book is being edited by some guy in India who's telling people in Wyoming how to get their cable TV working while he's editing your book.

Contrast that with bidding on Evil Editor to fully edit your book in the next few weeks. For starters, you can deduct EE as a charitable contribution rather than a business expense, so you don't have to have any writing income. And you get edited by the world's most famous editor, not some ETL heroin addict. And best of all, with this particular 1-day auction ending today, there's no way it's gonna get anywhere near $3500. It hasn't even reached a tenth of that as I type this.

Even if you don't have a completed book, you should be bidding on this just to keep some billionaire for whom $3500 is pocket change from getting a bargain. You know that no matter how high you go he'll outbid you, but for one brief moment you'll be a thorn in his side. It's human nature not to want billionaires to get great deals. This is your chance to stick it to one.


3 comments:

BuffySquirrel said...

And what if the billionaire decides to stick it to ME by not outbidding me? Hmmm? Thought of that? :D

Veronica Rundell said...

High bidder, hoping not to get hung out to dry...unless you really can't wait to edit my YA contemporary romance...

Mister Furkles said...

$3500? Looks like the high bid for a full edit is thirty-nine thousand dollars.