- Jan 16, 2011
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I was looking for an editor of my new book written under the pseudonym J. R. Camelback & I found StandoutBooks.com online. saw 3 authors (all listed on Amazon) listed as recommendations—I contacted all 3 but only heard from author Andrew Volkner who highly recommended them. So I sent a 50 page sample & synopsis for a sample comprehensive edit quoted rate which was a very reasonable. Received it within 4 days. However the sample edit was for the first 3 pages of my sample edit and ignored the epilogue. Sample edit was very cursory. No mention made about their opinion as to whether the book was ready for the comprehensive edit. I immediately e-mailed back asking their opinion about whether the book (per the sample I sent of 50 pages) was ready for the comprehensive edit. I waited 2 weeks and didn't hear back. But I received daily PR e-mails re StandoutBooks best editing tips. I sent an e-mail reminder and received an e-mail reply from Bronwyn Hemus with the same last name as the man who contacted me re sending a sample (Alex Hemus). She claimed to be the Editorial supervisor & said that my manuscript was not ready for a comprehensive edit and that I needed a full reshaping of the book at 64 cents per word. The comprehensive edit was 10 cents a word. I am posting this thread to warn others before they spend their good money for an editor and advise not to use them.