Doug Sjoquist

I've been writing for a few years, mostly just practicing my craft and and ready to take the next steps with my first story.

(hired) Looking for copy editing for ~7000 words

I finished the first book in a middle-grade, scifi/adventure series and had it professionally edited. (fwiw, I was perfectly happy with the original edit.)

But I recently took some time to work on the beginning of the story to amp up the excitement a bit and now need some followup work on my changes. The editor I used originally is booked up until about March 2022 so I would like to find someone who can help in the next couple of months.

I will have the first two new/revised scenes (~3000 words) ready for a copy edit by mid-October. I extracted the original opening out and will be revising it into a short story to use for a lead magnet. It should be ready for an edit by mid-November (~4000 words). I am happy to pay market rates for the work.

If you are interested and available, let me know and I will send you what I have currently for you to check out.

Doug Sjoquist
(website is a work in progress)
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Author name for middle grade stories

I have one story in a middle grade adventure/sci-fi series almost ready to go. (fwiw, I will be producing a bi-weekly podcast for these stories as well.)

I'm currently planning on "Papa Sjoquist" for these stories for a couple of reasons: I've been telling these kinds of stories to my grandkids for years and that's what they called me when they were young, and I wanted something slightly different from my name which I plan on using in some form in the next couple of years after I'm ready to publish some novels for older audiences (adventure or cozy mystery are my current leaning).

My question: is "Papa Sjoquist" too hokey? too wrong? Any other thoughts?


β€œUntil one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

― William Hutchison Murray

I was reminded of this quote while reading another post where I left it as a comment. But thought I'd share it in case others haven't seen it.Β 

(It is often incorrectly attributed to Goethe.)
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