The role of an editor is not to point out everything that is wrong with a piece of writing, but to see what the writer intended to do and help them achieve that.
This is my editing philosophy.
What He Does
As a writing coach, Joseph Sale knows that everyone has a story burning inside them. It’s his job to nurture that flame, and when the time is right, let it shine. He has coached numerous writers from nobody/nothing humble beginnings who have gone on to receive professional publication credits after working with him through one-to-one sessions. These names include Jamie Parry Bruce, Kimberly Redway, Matt Blackwell, Guy Bishop and Tice Cin. His story-writing technique derives from the classical 5 Act model, but adapted for the modern age with influences from Henry James and other American writers.
How He Does It
Coaching sessions with him include: proofing, ideas generation, style, formatting preparation, market research (where to submit and how), story-arc analysis, plotting, characterisation evolving from dramatic technique, and much, much more. He has worked with all kinds of writers, including neurodiverse and disabled authors. He will work to realise the vision of the author with the utmost respect, sensitivity, and dedication.
There are 4 main packages available, reflecting the range of services on offer: from proofreading to structural analysis.
Cover Design or Small Proof
£35 - £70
Receive a limited edition, custom cover created specifically for your book by Joseph Sale and grandfailure.
Get proofreading on a cover letter, proposal, synopsis, blurb or even a short story (5,000 word or less). This will correct type-os, grammatical errors, and include checks for plot-holes and sense.
Writing Coaching Level 1
£125 per 20,000 words
Proofreading & line by line editing on a novel or short story collection up to 80,000 words. This will include analysis of the novel (normally an A4 page detailing structural improvements, character plotting, and points for improvement) as well as feedback on specific scenes. This includes a one-hour Skype call.
Writing Coaching Level 2
You will also receive full writing coaching on a novel or short story collection of 100,000+ words, including 3 one-hour Skype call sessions, detailed line-by-line editing, ideas generation techniques, analysis according to the Joseph Sale’s adapted 5 Act model of story writing, proofing and more.
£2,000 / £35 per hour
Price and price structure is negotiable depending on the nature of the project. Everyone works differently, but essentially I will write whatever content is required, edit it, and proof to the highest possible standard.
Several leading businesses have used my services for their high-end corporate email copy, for their marketing materials and brochures, and for senior managers' business or non-fiction books.