~ Our Goal ~
We know your book is important to you. You’ve spent a long time thinking about it, writing it, hashing out the details, and are looking forward to getting it published. We want to help you with that.
We don’t want to change your book, but simply help you make it the best book it can be. We want to help you make sure the spelling, punctuation, and general grammar are correct. We want to make sure it’s laid out in a way that makes sense, flows well, has correct and consistent details, and makes sense as a whole story.
We’ll look at it with not only a critical editorial and proofreader’s eye, but with the mindset of appealing to the readers you’re hoping to attract. We want to help you entertain them, with the best book you can give them.
~ Why use us?
What are our credentials? ~
~ Ken Wallin ~
Ken is our main editor, and was born to critique. He read Chaucer and Hemingway in elementary school for fun, and is passionate about literature and languages. He has participated in several writers workshops and poetry groups, and loves story-telling.
Growing up in Japan offered him the unique opportunity to master a complex foreign language. While living in Japan, he worked as a translator for the local U.S. military base, as well as an English teacher to the local residents.
He then spent four years at a private university, majoring in English and Creative writing. After college, he spent another two years in the U.S. military, working with documents, including editing, proofreading, and copy-editing.
He is a songwriter and lyricist in his spare time, and enjoys writing himself. He has an eye for detail, is self motivated and is goal oriented. His vast knowledge of languages and grammar make him a natural editor and literary enthusiast.
~ Rose Wallin ~
Rose is our side editor, and has long held the affectionate “grammar nazi” label, given to her by the people around her, whom she constantly corrects helps. She is goal oriented, self motivated, and loves making written and spoken works the best they can be.
She began reading at age two, and has had either a book or pen in her hand ever since. She spent her high school years writing extensively for various groups and organizations. A few include: screen-writing and play-writing for advanced theatre and thespian societies; the school newspaper and literary magazine; several advanced creative writing classes; several advanced literature classes, earning early college credits; numerous poetry and writing groups. She spent a year publishing her own magazine, before graduating with honors.
Rose is also very passionate about literature, and adores language. After mastering English in school, she studied Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Greek, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and American Sign Language in her spare time, giving her a wide range of langue and culture studies. She put these studies to good use, tutoring students in English, ASL and Creative Writing.
She has written and co-written nearly 30 books since elementary school, as well as several books of poetry and song lyrics. Her passion for words and languages makes her a natural editor and book lover.
~ Testimonials ~
“From the beginning I was drawn to Desert Rose Reviews, and after going through their services and reading about Rose and Ken, I thought that they seemed like a really down to earth couple, and I wanted to work with them. It’s hard to find someone good to edit your manuscript, someone who you can also just click with and I wanted more than just an editor. From only reading their profiles I thought this was going to be a perfect match, but in the beginning our schedules didn’t work, and I had to use someone else. However, I still had Rose and Ken in the back of my mind, and when my manuscript was edited, I still wanted them to go over everything and make sure that the final touches were all okay. I’ve had a lot of bad editing jobs in the past, and spent a lot of money on services that were not done properly, and with one last look over with the beta-reading and the proofreading they were willing to work with me financially. I’m very grateful for their time that they put in for my manuscript. Rose and Ken are really sweet individuals and I truly wish them the best of luck on their business adventures.” -Shelique Lize, author of Velicious.
“Finding an editor is hard, ﬁnding a great editor with affordable services sometimes seems impossible. I was fortunate to connect with Rose Wallin on Goodreads before she and Ken Wallin established Desert Rose Literary Agency’s online services. When I noticed they were going to begin providing online services, I was eager to be one of their ﬁrst clients. I’m so glad I was. Rose facilitated the communications with Ken and everything was very smooth and pleasant. As positive as that element of their services are, I was even more thrilled when I received my ﬁrst edited manuscript back from Ken. Editing requires skill. The ability to edit in way that recognizes and enhances an author’s voice, is a gift. I’ll continue to use Desert Rose Literary Services and be grateful for Ken’s deft polishing of my work.” ~Heidi Garrett, author of the Once Upon a Time Today Series
~ Our Literary Services ~
If you’d like to “try out” our services, we’d be happy to work with a chapter or two of your book, so you can see what we’d do with it. If you like our work, we can go from there, and if not, then no harm done.
We offer services of:
*If there are any specific elements or questions you would like us to focus on while reading, please let us know beforehand.
Writing Advice: This is basically just what it sounds like – advice. We read and evaluate what you have written so far, answer specific questions you may have, and give advice. We may comment on what’s missing, where the story can go and how to develop it, what can be done with certain characters, etc. This is basically a beta-read before the manuscript is finished; somewhat like co-writing, without the actual writing. This is best for authors who are stuck, have writers block, or who simply need advice about something specific while they’re in the process of writing.
Advertising & Promotions: We offer both basic advertising, as well as full Virtual Tours. Information for both can be found on our Tour Site here.
The three main types of editing we offer:
There are different levels of copy editing: light, medium, and heavy. Light copy editing usually consist of double-checking accuracy and taking care of most grammatical issues. Medium copy editing includes some heavier lifting, such as correcting flow and re-working some of the text. Heavy copy editing, is when we have to re-structure some paragraphs, or heavily correct style, flow, and grammar.
Content Editing: When we do content editing, the work is much more intensive. We often need to add things that were left out, or re-write sections of content. This is a higher level of copy editing, and includes a bit of content creation, as well as making corrections. Mixing heavy copy-editing with co-writing, this option is best for authors who need help filling in holes and bridging gaps in their manuscript, as well as cleaning up cosmetic mistakes.
~ Rates & Prices ~
At the moment, our rates are:
Light: $0.004 per word
Medium: $0.005 per word
(50K word manuscript = $250)
Heavy: $0.006 per word
Generally, we charge by the hour or page.
$50 in the U.S. isn’t the same as 50 Canadian Dollars, or 50 Euros, or 50 Pounds, etc. If you send 50 Pounds, you’ll have overpaid, where as 50 Canadian Dollars means we’re shortchanged.
Please be sure the sum you send as payment ends up $50 U.S. Dollars.
~ FAQ ~
~ Guidelines & Policies ~
~ Request Services ~
Please send any requests to desertrosereviews (at) gmail (dot) com. Please be sure to include any major details and anything you think we need to know.
Preferably, we would like: your name, a description of the project, the page count, what type of service you’d like, and any time limits/deadlines you may have.
We will get back to you as soon as possible with either a quote, or an answer to specific questions.
Payment via PayPal only. We request the full sum up front, to ensure you’re not only getting your edits, but we are also getting fair compensation for our time and efforts to help you.
*Payments must be paid in U.S. Dollars. This seems simple, but we have had an issue with this in the past. If using other currency, please ensure the total equals what you owe us in U.S. Dollars.