A longtime fan of horror and fantasy, Ms. Lyons writes character driven novels that, while influenced by the dark and gothic, can also be heavily laced with fantasy, romance, history and magic. Amanda M. Lyons has lived her whole life in rural Ohio, where she lives with her fiance and two children. She is the author of Wendy Won't Go: Collector's Edition, Eyes Like Blue Fire, Water Like Crimson Sorrow, Cool Green Waters and Other Dangers Part 1: Slipped Through,Sacrum Umbra: The Gothic Horror of Amanda M. Lyons, In Ventre Tuo Tales of Madness and Gore, and The Lesser Apocrypha. She is also the co-author of Feral Hearts with authors Catt Dahman, Mark Woods, Jim Goforth, Edward P. Cardillo, and Michael Fisher and a contributing author to many horror anthologies.
Look for titles like Other Dangers Part 2: This is How the World Ends, Vast Ocean/Vast Sea, Night is Falling, Hollow Black Corners of the Soul, Jodie, Her Shadow Within and others in the coming future.
Amanda is also an editor with J Ellington Ashton Press and a freelance novel editor.
My Editing and Marketing Services
Hello, and thanks for considering me for your editing and marketing needs. First, let me tell you a bit about myself and why I'm qualified. I was an editor at J Ellington Ashton Press between December of 2013 and May of 2019, a successful freelance editor for hire since August of 2014, and a published author since August of 2013, meaning that I have a proven record of quality work and a unique perspective on an author's needs. I also have experience with SEO work and years of experience writing nonfiction articles and author interviews to round out my experience in media. You can take a look at my job history and both recommendations and project history on LinkedIn here:
I've made some changes here to better suit myself and authors who might need a tighter story edit in addition to the standard grammar and polish usually offered. My price is based on page count and is as follows:
Standard Manuscript Editing:
1-150 page manuscripts are $2 a page
151-400 page manuscripts are $1 a page (to help authors better afford fair editing even with larger manuscripts)
Polishing and Story Development Editing:
1-150 page manuscripts are $5 a page
151-400 page manuscripts are $3 a page
I may be open to negotiation on price, especially for some projects with greater length. I would prefer not to edit anything longer than 600 pages so that I'm not distracted from my work at JEA. Feel free to ask me about larger projects such as blog or novel series edits.
Back Cover Blurb Service:
Not sure how to word the premise of your book so that readers will be hooked and willing to pick it up? I'm familiar with how to use your plot to best effect for marketing purposes through my own experience as both an anthology editor and author. Please feel free to use this service.
Author Interview Services:
I do very thorough author interviews which engage the reader in both the author and their work, all I need is book cover images, a shot of the author and your willing participation in the interview process. This is shared around across several forms of social media and is a very effective way to market you and your work to potential readers. I work with you to best plan for this interview to be posted and marketed in tandem with your book release plans.
What to Expect from Me as Your Editor:
I am a very helpful editor and like to give you all the info you need to improve your manuscript. When I edit I look for proper grammar usage, solid plotting, engaging storytelling and areas where the author could use cutting to improve the flow. I don't have a specific preference on genre or whether or not the work is fiction or nonfiction, but I do reserve the right to reject a project if I feel that I would not be the right editor for the work (conflict of interest or projects I find offensive due to topics like sexual abuse of minors utilized in a sexually titillating manner or technical books with which I have little experience for example). I prefer to look at a few pages of the work first, do a sample edit (2-6 pages) if you'd like to see what you'd get with my services, and then make an agreement with the author on how we'd like to proceed.
What I Need from You as an Author:
I only work with files that can be opened in Miscrosoft Word because it's much easier to use that program's comments system to note changes and make notes on areas where some work is needed. Please submit manuscripts in 12 point Times New Roman, as is industry standard, it's easier for both of us to read and doesn’t cause issues if you’re using a program whose font isn’t compatible with my computer. If we are in agreement about all other aspects of the project, we’ll discuss pricing and the length of time that will be needed and/or which you prefer for completion. I prefer to receive half of the agreed upon fee at the beginning of the assignment and the other half on completion, but if you prefer to pay in full on agreement that is fine. I take payment for my work via Paypal.
If you would be interested in seeking my help with editing or have any questions please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading "Editing Inquiry" with your book title. Thanks.