Two short-term discounts to keep you moving forward with your goals!

March 18, 2020

It’s hard to keep your creative energy going during these times of stress, so let me give you three offers that can help keep you on the publishing track but don’t require too much creative inspiration!

This is the newsletter that went out to my newsletter list yesterday, with some parts redacted because the first offer was an exclusive for my newsletter audience. But there’s still two offers I hope might give you the opportunity to keep creating during these times of stress!

Dear Friends,

Like many of you, my daily life the past few weeks has been consumed with Covid-19 and all that’s coming with it at a rapid pace. Thankfully, for now my family is healthy and happy, and we’re able to remain relatively isolated except my husband, who’s an Instacart driver/shopper. He’s still going out into the community to get groceries to those who must completely self-isolate at this point. The challenge for those who work for Instacart and fill orders is…there’s not much food on the shelves at any given time! Instacart has probably been one of the businesses seeing a huge boom in revenue (if only they would pass that on to their gig workers!) and that will probably continue for the foreseeable future so I expect my husband will continue to do this work until he’s no longer able to for any reason.

Meanwhile, my teen is experimenting with recipes—today she made strawberry crepes for the first time!—so there’s some benefit for me coming from her enforced stay at home. I’ll take those benefits as I can get them!

As for me, I’m still busy and have projects due and deadlines to meet now and ongoing, so I’m closing my office door a lot to get work done while my family works out their new routines. But I realized that I do want to attempt to help out writers who are quarantined and looking for ways to still be engaged in their writing career. I have some offers below, but if you ever have any one-off publishing questions you’d like to ask, please reach out on social media or just hit reply to this newsletter (I love getting email, seriously, I’m weird like that) and I’m happy to share my knowledge on your question—if I have any!

For those of you who are looking for something writing related to occupy your mind and your time for the next few weeks, I have 3 short-term, unique offers while we beat the virus & keep ourselves moving forward in small but meaningful ways during quarantine.

Offer #1: EXCLUSIVE to newsletter subscribers. This offer will not be made to non-newsletter subscribers at this time—I’ll revisit that decision based on the newsletter response and my available bandwidth, but for now, this is just for newsletter subscribers! If you’re a subscriber, I sent the newsletter out yesterday so it’s in your inbox!

Take advantage of a 30 minute consult for $50—this is a discount on my normal one-hour rate of $125. Schedule a 30-minute consult with me to get advice on going indie, how to market, book plotting, series plotting, agent advice, goal setting, publishing strategy—basically, it’s your 30 minutes to do with as you please and set some goals and strategy for your publishing career over the next year!

Offer #2: Take advantage of a 30 minute consult and 1 chapter verbal critique (max 3000 words) for $125.

This isn’t a service I normally offer, but I’m offering it through April 24th, 2020. Schedule a 30 minute consult, send me one chapter (or segment) of your book of no more than 2500 words (can be a chapter of your choice from your manuscript, you can utilize the whole 2500 words by sending more than one chapter), and get verbal feedback from me on the story and craft. No written feedback will be provided but I’ll give you as much verbal feedback as I can find to give. You can also use part of the 30 minutes to squeeze in questions you have about the publishing industry, your writing, or anything else you want to ask.

Available for scheduling on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays now through April 24th and limited to two consultations per day.

Booking can be done directly through this link and an invoice will be mailed to you via Stripe.

If you’d like to convo with me before you book, please email me at angelajameseditor@gmail.com

Offer #3: Before You Hit Send DISCOUNT: I try to save discounts on BYHS to just a few times a year and this seems like the right time to offer one!

Since I know many people have time off and may be looking for a no-pressure way to invest some energy in their writing, but you don’t quite necessarily have the mental energy for writing a book right now, I’m putting BYHS on discount through the end of March 2020. Work at your own pace, have access for the next 3 months, do one lesson a day and feel as though you’ve accomplished something ? Enter code LEARNNOW at checkout for the discount. There’s an option for both a payment plan and a one-time payment—if you choose to pay in full, your discount will be more significant.

If you’re not familiar with Before You Hit Send (it’s awesome and so full of information you won’t believe it!), you can get more information here and click through to register! Don’t forget to enter code LEARNNOW for the discount.

I hope there’s something in here that appeals and might help you out as you set a new schedule, new goals and new self-care for yourself over the next few weeks. Remember: there’s no one way to handle the stress of this situation and we’re all doing our best to get through this. Choose kindness, not just to others, but to yourself as well–especially to yourself.

I look forward to hearing from some of you. Until next time, here’s wishing you joy in both writing and discovering books you love, remember and recommend.

~Angela

I came away with a clear idea of what I needed…

"Although I didn't even know author consultants existed, when I saw Angela's list of services, I realized she had the advice I needed to drag my romcom-writing career out of the mire. During the course of our video chat, she asked pertinent questions, was patient while I rambled, and took the time to get to the heart of the marketing angle I needed to focus on. Our conversation never felt rushed, and I came away with a clear idea of what I needed to do to get my books noticed in a crowded romcom market. Ten out of ten, five stars, would recommend, and all that. Absolutely!"

~Jayne Denker, author

Angela James
2020-02-05T11:15:01-05:00

~Jayne Denker, author

"Although I didn't even know author consultants existed, when I saw Angela's list of services, I realized she had the advice I needed to drag my romcom-writing career out of the mire. During the course of our video chat, she asked pertinent questions, was patient while I rambled, and took the time to get to the heart of the marketing angle I needed to focus on. Our conversation never felt rushed, and I came away with a clear idea of what I needed to do to get my books noticed in a crowded romcom market. Ten out of ten, five stars, would recommend, and all that. Absolutely!"

Instrumental in my career

"I owe so much to Angela James. From her self-editing course, Before You Hit Send, that helped polish my first manuscript into a Golden Heart Finalist, to my first publishing contract, to the careful pen that expertly handled edits on the book of my heart, Angela has been instrumental in my career as a published author."

~Layla Reyne, RITA Finalist and Bestselling Author

Angela James
2019-09-27T15:11:44-04:00

~Layla Reyne, RITA Finalist and Bestselling Author

"I owe so much to Angela James. From her self-editing course, Before You Hit Send, that helped polish my first manuscript into a Golden Heart Finalist, to my first publishing contract, to the careful pen that expertly handled edits on the book of my heart, Angela has been instrumental in my career as a published author."

A fantastic phone call

"I'm now newly energized and hope to get going soon on the action items.I approached our call with a little bit of wariness, wondering if I'd just hear the same-old, same-old. Angela provided me with fresh angles, though, on my challenges, things I'd not thought about."

~Libby Sternberg, Edgar finalist

Angela James
2019-11-11T11:27:53-05:00

~Libby Sternberg, Edgar finalist

"I'm now newly energized and hope to get going soon on the action items.I approached our call with a little bit of wariness, wondering if I'd just hear the same-old, same-old. Angela provided me with fresh angles, though, on my challenges, things I'd not thought about."

Great ability to listen

"Along with giving clear and thoughtful notes, Angela has a great ability to listen, leading to creative discussions which bring even more insight to the work at hand."

~Nico Rosso, multi-published author

Angela James
2019-09-16T13:25:15-04:00

~Nico Rosso, multi-published author

"Along with giving clear and thoughtful notes, Angela has a great ability to listen, leading to creative discussions which bring even more insight to the work at hand."

Insightful edits

"If you’re looking for an editor, I highly recommend Angela. She’s edited 8 of my books. She has made each of them better with her insightful edits and is fantastic to work with. Hands down, my favorite editor."

~Ava March, author

Angela James
2019-10-11T13:51:34-04:00

~Ava March, author

"If you’re looking for an editor, I highly recommend Angela. She’s edited 8 of my books. She has made each of them better with her insightful edits and is fantastic to work with. Hands down, my favorite editor."

I enjoyed her candor and professionalism

"Working with Angela was an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of the romance industry and what it takes to make a great book are invaluable and her edits were detailed and spot on. I enjoyed her candor and professionalism and look forward to the opportunity to work with her again."

~A.C. Arthur, award-winning traditional and self-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance

Angela James
2019-09-16T11:38:48-04:00

~A.C. Arthur, award-winning traditional and self-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance

"Working with Angela was an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of the romance industry and what it takes to make a great book are invaluable and her edits were detailed and spot on. I enjoyed her candor and professionalism and look forward to the opportunity to work with her again."

Makes your words shine

"Angela James is an amazing editor. She has an unerring nose for where and how your story can be made better. Her edits help you keep your story yours, only better. She makes your words shine."

~Lisa Marie Rice, bestselling author

Angela James
2019-09-16T13:47:49-04:00

~Lisa Marie Rice, bestselling author

"Angela James is an amazing editor. She has an unerring nose for where and how your story can be made better. Her edits help you keep your story yours, only better. She makes your words shine."

Attention to the finest detail

"Angela James has in depth, years-honed insight into what makes a book successful. Characters, plot, pacing, grammar, punctuation—she’s a master of it all. Her attention to the finest detail will help you create a book you can be proud of, and one that your readers will love."

~Jaci Burton, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Angela James
2019-09-16T13:44:48-04:00

~Jaci Burton, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

"Angela James has in depth, years-honed insight into what makes a book successful. Characters, plot, pacing, grammar, punctuation—she’s a master of it all. Her attention to the finest detail will help you create a book you can be proud of, and one that your readers will love."

Edits that value my unique style

"Every book I've written since I began working with Angela James in 2006 has been better because of something I've learned from her. She challenges me to be the very best I can with edits that value my unique style and never fail to give me insight on a problem. I know when I send her a manuscript, no matter how confident--or not--I might feel about it, Angela will read it, see what I'm trying to do and provide a read of my work that gives me the tools to fix the problems and polish the end product. Angela is a creative partner who has consistently pushed me to work harder and stronger. She's a fantastic editor and I can't recommend her highly enough."

~Lauren Dane, New York Times Bestselling Author

Angela James
2019-09-24T09:28:52-04:00

~Lauren Dane, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Every book I've written since I began working with Angela James in 2006 has been better because of something I've learned from her. She challenges me to be the very best I can with edits that value my unique style and never fail to give me insight on a problem. I know when I send her a manuscript, no matter how confident--or not--I might feel about it, Angela will read it, see what I'm trying to do and provide a read of my work that gives me the tools to fix the problems and polish the end product. Angela is a creative partner who has consistently pushed me to work harder and stronger. She's a fantastic editor and I can't recommend her highly enough."

Like talking to a knowledgeable, intuitive and no-nonsense friend…

"I found it helpful and frank enough to steer me in a direction. Our consultation felt like talking to a very knowledgeable, intuitive and no-nonsense friend."

~Em Petrova, Author

Angela James
2019-12-12T11:55:01-05:00

~Em Petrova, Author

"I found it helpful and frank enough to steer me in a direction. Our consultation felt like talking to a very knowledgeable, intuitive and no-nonsense friend."

Highlights a story’s strengths and the author’s unique voice

"Beyond having a keen eye for what isn't working in a story and offering excellent suggestions on how to shore up weaknesses, Angela highlights a story’s strengths and the author’s unique voice, and is an invaluable partner in turning a manuscript into a book to be proud of."

~Shannon Stacey, New York Times Bestselling Author

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2019-09-16T13:43:47-04:00

~Shannon Stacey, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Beyond having a keen eye for what isn't working in a story and offering excellent suggestions on how to shore up weaknesses, Angela highlights a story’s strengths and the author’s unique voice, and is an invaluable partner in turning a manuscript into a book to be proud of."

Encourages a writer to be true to their voice…

"I’ve worked with several editors in the romance genre, and Angela James is the best I’ve ever met in the business. Until I worked with her, I struggled to fit whatever vision other editors imposed on my work. Then Angie worked on one of my projects, and she did something extraordinary—she emphasized how important it was for me to “use my own voice.” She gave me the freedom to be who I was, while still smoothing over my project’s rough edges. She’s a genius at getting a story to flow, seemingly without effort, because at every point she encourages a writer to be true to their voice. Like the song says, she’s simply the best!"

~Stacy Gail, Author

Angela James
2019-10-07T14:07:09-04:00

~Stacy Gail, Author

"I’ve worked with several editors in the romance genre, and Angela James is the best I’ve ever met in the business. Until I worked with her, I struggled to fit whatever vision other editors imposed on my work. Then Angie worked on one of my projects, and she did something extraordinary—she emphasized how important it was for me to “use my own voice.” She gave me the freedom to be who I was, while still smoothing over my project’s rough edges. She’s a genius at getting a story to flow, seemingly without effort, because at every point she encourages a writer to be true to their voice. Like the song says, she’s simply the best!"

Keeps the author’s voice intact…fantastic mind to branding

"Angela James has an uncanny knack for fleshing out the slower/weakest parts of a story and aiding authors in providing the most enjoyable, emotionally rich stories possible. Even better, she does it in a positive way that keeps the author's voice intact and promotes a healthy working relationship. She's also got a fantastic mind to branding and can be a huge aid to building readership by helping keep an author's brand on track. My books and readership are what they are today thanks to her insight and mentorship."

~Rhenna Morgan, multi-published author

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2019-09-16T13:27:18-04:00

~Rhenna Morgan, multi-published author

"Angela James has an uncanny knack for fleshing out the slower/weakest parts of a story and aiding authors in providing the most enjoyable, emotionally rich stories possible. Even better, she does it in a positive way that keeps the author's voice intact and promotes a healthy working relationship. She's also got a fantastic mind to branding and can be a huge aid to building readership by helping keep an author's brand on track. My books and readership are what they are today thanks to her insight and mentorship."

…set my heart at ease about so many anxieties…

"It was exactly the kind of helpful and informative meeting I'd hoped for! Not only did Angela give me so many pieces of actionable advice, but she really set my heart at ease about so many anxieties I'd been having. I hadn't realized how meaningful it would be to hear the words, "[...]it'll be okay," until she said them."

~Lara C. Brown, Author

Angela James
2020-02-24T10:55:37-05:00

~Lara C. Brown, Author

"It was exactly the kind of helpful and informative meeting I'd hoped for! Not only did Angela give me so many pieces of actionable advice, but she really set my heart at ease about so many anxieties I'd been having. I hadn't realized how meaningful it would be to hear the words, "[...]it'll be okay," until she said them."

I feel absolutely energized…

"Spent an hour chatting with Angela. I was feeling intimidated and little off balance. She helped me come up with a solid plan that fits my own writing style and needs. I feel absolutely energized and I can’t wait to dive into these new projects, especially knowing Angela is out there, and has my back, allowing me an easy way to get guidance as needed when/if I hit any roadblocks. Worth every penny I spent. I have always admired her work and long dreamed of working with her one day. This isn’t the way I imagined and yet it’s better."

~Monica Corwin, New York Times Bestselling author

Angela James
2020-01-28T18:26:48-05:00

~Monica Corwin, New York Times Bestselling author

"Spent an hour chatting with Angela. I was feeling intimidated and little off balance. She helped me come up with a solid plan that fits my own writing style and needs. I feel absolutely energized and I can’t wait to dive into these new projects, especially knowing Angela is out there, and has my back, allowing me an easy way to get guidance as needed when/if I hit any roadblocks. Worth every penny I spent. I have always admired her work and long dreamed of working with her one day. This isn’t the way I imagined and yet it’s better."

Clear and focused, always respecting my voice and my vision

"From that first book we worked on together to the most recent one, Angela James has made me a better writer. She is clear and focused, always respecting my voice and my vision as she edits. Thanks to her touch, my books are more romantic, more emotional, more complex and more interesting. Even when I'm revising on my own or writing that difficult first draft, I can hear her voice and feel her guidance. An author can't go wrong hiring someone with this much experience and love of reading."

~HelenKay Dimon, RITA-winning author

Angela James
2019-10-22T11:36:11-04:00

~HelenKay Dimon, RITA-winning author

"From that first book we worked on together to the most recent one, Angela James has made me a better writer. She is clear and focused, always respecting my voice and my vision as she edits. Thanks to her touch, my books are more romantic, more emotional, more complex and more interesting. Even when I'm revising on my own or writing that difficult first draft, I can hear her voice and feel her guidance. An author can't go wrong hiring someone with this much experience and love of reading."
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