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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Steven Manchester, writer, offers Professional Services to other writers.

StevenThis is something rather interesting that dropped into our inbox; Steven Manchester Writes ....

My name is Steven Manchester.

I'm the published author of 12 books and have taught hundreds of aspiring novelists and poets how to get published (UMASS- Dartmouth, The Learning Connection, SCLN). My writing/editingbackground can be found at: www.StevenManchester.com

StevenI wanted to write to let you know that I am now providing book editing services. On-page, line-by-line editing for spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure, as well as critical commentary on plot, character development, scene setting and dialogue will be provided. Once done, I'll also look over the cover letter and synopsis, and advise on what I think the project's next steps should be.

If you know someone who has a book in need of a coat of polish and would like their work professionally edited before sending it out, please send them my way. I promise reasonable costs, meticulous detail and timely completion.

I'm also interested in advertising my services.Steven Manchesterhttp://www.stevenmanchester.com/

.... we get a lot of this stuff and some is more reluctantly put up here than others .... but I can honestly say I enjoyed spending 10 minutes looking around Steven's site .... I always find the different American approach to self promotion a revelation in itself .... its a genuine take on one way - right or wrong - to do a self pubicising website .... from Steven Manchester's biography ....

After returning home from a difficult tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Steven stepped back behind the frightening walls of a Massachusetts penitentiary where he battled each day as a prison investigator. Needless to say, there was great negativity in his life at that time, and very little opportunity to heal from his wartime demons (or pursue his dreams of being published). He finally decided to return to college to finish his degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, his professor, Barry McKee, detailed police work, but barely touched on other topics. Steven finally raised his hand and asked, "As the criminal justice system is so vast, what about the courts, probation, parole - corrections?" Barry smiled and told Steven to see him after class. Steven thought he'd done it! In his office, Barry explained, "Except from the slanted perspectives of inmates, there's no real written material out there on corrections, or prisons." Barry smiled again and then dropped the bomb that would change Steven's life forever. "If you're so smart," he said, "why don't you write it?" It was the last push Steven needed to get writing. Nine months later, he placed the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue (under the pen name, Steven Herberts) on Barry's desk. From then on, Steven was hooked. He was a writer.


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