Welcome to amandahgeardwrites, your Imagination Specialist
Who Am I?
My name is Amanda H. Geard and I am a writer of science fiction, science fantasy, speculative fiction and occasional horror.
Therefore, I think I have a unique perspective when it comes to editing both of these genres that I love, because I have some idea of what it is that editors and publishers are looking for.
I specialise in editing science fiction, science fantasy, speculative fiction and horror, as novels, novellas and short stories.
I completed the Copy-editing online short course through UCT and GetSmarter at the end of 2013, and received a certificate of completion for it in 2014, showing that I had passed it according to their requirements.
However, I am also a natural editor, and had worked as a freelance proofreader for www.write-way-freelancers.com in 2009 and 2010, having been offered the position solely on my critiquing ability within the writers’ group I was a part of, and that one of the owners of the website ran at the time.
Writing, as both an art and a craft, is far from easy.
Choosing just the right word; writing a story that resonates with readers; creating characters readers care about; and writing a novel or novels that people want to buy and tell their friends about, all take practice and care.
This can be even more difficult when writing science fiction and horror.
At amandahgeardwrites, I believe in editing your short story or novel with as much care as you took writing it.
I am a line-by-line editor, which means I read through your short story or novel line by line, pointing out everything from spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes to plot holes and if a character’s eyes or hair change, amongst other things.
I will provide you with an evaluation of your story or novel once I have finished editing it, pointing out areas in need of improvement.
Rates and Prices
As a fiction editor, I charge from 15 to 25 cents a word (ZAR) (South African Rands).
I welcome stories and novels from within South Africa – I’m based in Cape Town, South Africa – and internationally too.
If you send me details about your manuscript, I will provide you with a free quote, as long as you include what country you are from, so that I know what currency you use, and can provide a quote accordingly.
If you would like to have an idea of how I edit, please send me the first chapter of your finished novel in a .doc or .docx format, and I will edit it for free.
I require that new clients pay a deposit of 50%, with the balance to be paid within 30 days from my date of invoice, upon completion of my work to the client’s satisfaction.
Regrettably, because of past experience, I find that this is essential.
Bank transfer is my preferred method of payment.
"Amanda Geard could be an invaluable resource to any author who needs help with spelling, punctuation, or other mechanical errors. In the past two decades, I estimate I’ve received critiques of my writing from a thousand different readers from around the world. During that time, their feedback has helped me to sell nearly eighty stories and articles. Amanda has consistently shown a better eye for detail than any other person who’s critiqued my work. She has a rare gift that’s well worth the price for any author who hopes to be published."
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