Editorial Freelancing Rate Increase Coming in July

Like it says on the tin: Come July I’m raising my editorial freelancing rates to $3/page for Substantive/Developmental Editing & Line Editing, and $2/page for Proofreading. The fee for a standalone Critical Assessment rate will also rise to $250. (That’s an increase of a $1/page across the board for editing, and an increase of $50 for the Critical Assessments. A full listing of current Rates can be found here.) This will apply to both fiction and non-fiction commissions.

I’ve been holding off doing this for a while, largely because I prefer to be able to offer inexpensive editorial services to people who need them. But the current rate just isn’t feasible on my end anymore, and I have to move it closer to the industry standard to account for cost of living and base expenses at this point. Technically, I should probably be raising the rate to $4/page for Substantive/Developmental Editing & Line Editing, and I may at some point down the line have to, but I really don’t want to set it that (comparatively) high at this point. (The prospect of doubling one’s rates feels very strange.)

The decision to raise the rates also comes from some financial upheaval coming in the next couple of months that I need to get ahead of. I’m not talking about that publicly right now, but I may. It also comes from the fact that I frequently work on manuscripts coming close to 200,000 words, and those require a much larger investment of my time, so I’m accounting for that as well.

Note: Anyone for whom I start a job in June (I’ve got some client work scheduled to run through June/July, but still have room to schedule additional jobs starting in June) gets the current rate. The application of the new rate won’t take effect until July 1st, so by all means, if you have editorial work to approach me about, now is an excellent time.

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Story Sales

It’s been a long month, and this isn’t the only post I’m going to make today, so going to keep this relatively brief. (Or my version thereof, anyway.)

The Facebook-hosted contributors’ announcement, and the EDGE newsletter have gone live at this point, so even though there’s no public posting of the full ToC yet, I feel comfortable announcing that my story “Change as Seen Through an Orrery of Celestial Fire” will be published in Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen, edited by Claude Lalumière & Mark Shainblum.

The list of contributors is as follows:

John Bell, P.E. Bolivar, Kevin Cockle, Evelyn DeShane, Marcelle Dubé, Chadwick Ginther, Patrick T. Goddard, Kim Goldberg, Geoff Hart, Sacha A. Howells, Arun Jiwa, D.K. Latta, Michael Matheson, Bernie Mireault, Luke Murphy, Brent Nichols, David Perlmutter, Mary Pletsch & Dylan Blacquiere, Jennifer Rahn, Corey Redekop, Alex C. Renwick, Jason Sharp, Bevan Thomas, Leigh Wallace, and A.C. Wise.

The anthology is set to be released in print in Canada in March 2016, and in the US in April 2016. And apparently the e-book will be out in January 2016. (I’m just listing it as March 2016 on the Bibliography page for my sanity’s sake.)

I’ll post more information, and start linking to a listing, once that’s available.

I’ll also talk more about the piece itself down the line. Which I look forward to doing, since I’m quite fond of it. Which actually segues rather nicely into talking about another story whose sale I can’t talk about quite yet. Well, I guess not talk about it, just note that there is a sale announcement forthcoming, would be more accurate. (Though anyone who heard me read at Ad Astra this April has heard an earlier draft of it.) I believe I should be free to talk about that story sale sometime after the end of the month, once the announcement for that list of contributors goes live.

Can’t remember when the last time I talked about a short story sale on here was (let alone two), so nice to be able to do that again :)

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Start a Revolution Crowdfunding Delay and Need for Additional Freelance Clients

Posting this now (in the early morning locally because it’s the time I have to write it today) and will signal boost this again later in the day.

Have hit a somewhat immediate demand for additional funds to cover unforeseen costs over the next few months. So having to do two things around that:

First, I’m pushing back the start date of the IndieGoGo for Start a Revolution to June 15th (from May 15th.) The IndieGoGo will still be one month, and the campaign will finish July 15th. In my current situation, I don’t have the focus to give the crowdfunding right now.

Second, while I’m looking at other avenues for raising funds quickly, I am available to take on additional freelance clients over the coming months. And now very much need to. I’ve got slots coming up to take on additional clients as soon as May 24th.

My Rates can be found here. (Quick breakdown is $2/page for substantive and line editing, $1/page for proofreading.) Fiction and non-fiction projects are welcome. You can get in touch with me at “mathesonfreelancing@gmail.com.”

I would also ask that anyone able and/or so inclined please spread the word on this. Need as much signal on the call for freelance work as possible right now.

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I’ll Be Lecturing at the 2015 ACCSFF

I’ve been nose down in some work over the last few days and so hadn’t yet had a chance to post this news until now:

The preliminary schedule for the 2015 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy is live. The event itself to be held over June 5th and 6th, featuring guests of honour Hiromi Goto and Sheryl Vint. And I will be presenting a lecture again this year :D

For my 2015 talk I’ll be presenting a paper on the Saturday: “Canada Welcomes the World: Canadian Spec Fic Mags as a Home for International, Diverse Content.” I’m going to be talking about how specific Canadian surrealist, fabulist, and weird fiction venues create space for international, underrepresented, and disenfranchised writers of international origin to enter the conversation, by methods including running diverse and international content, encouraging diverse calls for submissions, and by creating space for a larger, more inclusive conversation. Specifically, I’ll be using Ideomancer, Lackington’sShadows & Tall Trees, and Unlikely Story as central to my discussion. I’m sticking specifically to fiction venues for this exercise or I’d be discussing Goblin Fruit as well.

Amusingly, I’m the subversive presenter in the closing Saturday section of papers, “Session V: Nationalism and Native-Canadian Science Fiction,” since both I and that paper are anything but nationalist :)

Speaking to my paper, academic subversion, and all the other papers and talks to be heard, this year promises to be an immensely fun event. There’s general information about registration costs, the programming, and other related material on the ACCSFF website.

I look forward to seeing and talking with all of you in attendance. And for the rest, I’ll actually be writing a physical paper this time rather than winging my talk (as I usually do), and may end up posting it online. We shall see. In the meantime, feel free to spread the word about the event.

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One Month to Go Until the Start a Revolution Fundraiser Launches

We’re now midway through April (where the hell did the first half of the month go?), and a month away from the launch of the Start a Revolution Kickstarter.

I’m in the process of nailing down backer rewards (looks like copies of additional books, some service-based intangibles, and possibly more at this point), finalizing costs, doing back end work, and basically making sure I don’t drive myself over the edge trying to run this thing.

Things are actually looking quite good at the moment, though I’m going to be deliberately vague for a little bit about what specifically you can expect around the Kickstarter. Beyond awesome content and some excellent rewards, of course :)

This project has been what feels like an inordinately long time in the making at this point. (Though The Humanity of Monsters had a longer genesis overall, so the production cycle of each anthology I put together is apparently getting shorter?) And there’s still a ways to go yet, but I’m looking forward to being able to talk more about the current incarnation of this anthology, getting a chance to reveal the gorgeous cover (a finalized version of that too is in the works and should be ready to reveal when the Kickstarter launches) and go out and actually bring this project before the community and do this together.

It’s somehow incredibly fitting that a book about revolutions (personal and societal) and social movements should be put together by grassroots crowdfunding. Funny how these things end up working out, isn’t it?

In any case, barring unforeseen acts of nature the fundraiser for Start a Revolution should go live come May 15th. I may tease some things ahead of time between now and then, but mostly I’ll be busy setting everything up, freelancing, and pulling together some commissioned work.

And of course talking about other ongoing projects around here. Some you already know about. Others in the works.

Okay, yeah, I’m a horrible tease :D

Nevertheless, keep an eye out for more news as it crops up. And I’ll try not to spam everyone around this as I go.

Though you’re all welcome to spread the word that this is, indeed, coming down the pipeline :)

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Notice: Resignation from ChiZine Publications

Because I was involved in the run-up to Ad Astra last week, and have been head down in freelancing for the last few weeks before that, I didn’t actually end up blogging about resigning from ChiZine Publications.

The long and short of it is that last Wednesday I resigned from my position as Managing Editor, CZP eBooks.

Much as I enjoyed working with the writers and fellow staff at CZP, my primary income comes from freelance editing, and that’s where my focus needs to be. Which is not to say I won’t potentially take up an editorial position somewhere else. I’m totally open to the right offer. But for the moment I’ve got a full slate of freelance work I’m committed to. To the point where though I am, as always, open to taking on more freelance clients — and anyone interested should see the Editing tab on the navigation bar above — any new freelance jobs would have to be scheduled to start in June at the earliest.

Anyway. I have loved being able to have a hand in the books and projects at CZP to which I’ve contributed. But now it’s time to move on to other things.

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Ad Astra 2015 Follow-Up

So I’m back from Ad Astra (the con finished yesterday), all over the place in terms of work and deadlines right now, and still just unbelievably tired in the most excellent of ways because that was a fantastically run con, and extremely full of people and things I was delighted to see. While I was at the con it was easy to stay energized, but now that I’m back I’m just crashed out for a little bit before I launch into the next round of things that need doing here.

This despite purposefully not setting as full a schedule as some (only had the workshop and the four panels) because I knew I was going in already tired given the last few weeks. (Well, months, really.) Essentially, despite sleep deprivation (there and prior) and being busy as fuck going in, that was an amazingly enjoyable experience full of awesome people, getting to see friends who came in for the con, and being on and auditing some extremely enjoyable panels. Serious kudos to all of the programming team and the con volunteers (with a special shout out to Angela Keeley for a laundry list of reasons too long to go into here, and Kelly Moore), my fellow panelists, and some deeply engaged audiences, as well as a fantastic group of workshop participants.

That workshop was a hell of a way to start the con, and I sat in on one other which came together at a level most workshops don’t hit and that was amazing to see. From what I’ve heard of the literary track of workshops on the Friday of the con as a whole they all went extremely well, which is pretty awesome for the first year of Ad Astra doing a workshop track. And following that workshop the rest of my weekend was spent talking or listening to decidedly smart people discuss things. Including some deeply fascinating and quite lengthy late-night discussions with friends I see much too seldom. Also, my apologies to anyone who was looking to see me on my last panel of the weekend: I skipped it to attend to something personal that cropped up on my way there. Though I hear that panel went well anyway, for which I’m quite glad.

I don’t really do a full rundown of my con attendances — I like reading other people’s, I just often don’t have time to write my own and when I do they’re scattered and a little vague as with this one — but that was an excellent weekend overall, and I’m fast running out of superlatives to ascribe to it :D

Looking forward immensely to the next year’s doings while I wind down here for a bit.

Actually, just thinking about the amount of work that I was doing in the runup to the con, and things I was looking after while the con itself was on, it occurs to me there’s an announcement I didn’t even have a chance to make last week. But I want to give that its own post, so I’ll write that up momentarily.

In the meantime, another thank you to all of you who helped perpetrate a most thoroughly enjoyable weekend. I don’t see many of you as often as I should like. I shall need to find ways to rectify that :)

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