New Service at Radford Editorial


Have you ever had a short story rejected before it is even read because the harried and harassed editor has no time or patience to deal with sloppy or incorrect formatting?

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I can tell you that I spend way too much time tearing my hair and cursing the authors who try to force a computer to behave like a typewriter and totally ignore all the underlying code that screws things up. If I bought the story I’d spend half my editing time cleaning up all that underlying code.

Not all of you can, or want to learn Paragraph Styles that automatically sets up your manuscript the way it is supposed to look today in the modern world of electronic publishing. I work with people who regularly format books for e-publishing all the time. They have slapped my hand often enough that I know what they want. And if they change requirements, they will tell me and I will adapt.

So, I am setting up a new level of service. No editing at all, just turning your short story–or even a novel–into a workable, manuscript format for today’s standards. Rates will vary by length, starting at $5 for a short story 5000 words and under and go up from there depending upon length and complexity. This includes everything from setting automatic indent, nuking extra spaces, checking the consistency of em dashes and hyphens, making curly quotes slant in the proper direction, and separate styles for title, byline, interior quotes, and scene separators.

With this service you can feel confident that most editors will at least try to read your story. Of course you must read their guidelines to check for anomalies. Some places want a separate title page for your contact information. Some want no headers at all. Some want it camera ready. Send me a link to those guidelines if they read anything but “Standard Manuscript Format” and I will adapt.

So, if you need help, please contact me at editor AT radfordeditorial DOT com. (you should know how to adapt that.)



About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.

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