Marianne J. Dyson

Resources for Writers

Editing/Consulting

I offer content editing, fact-checking (for space and astronomy topics only), and copyediting services. I have experience working as a technical editor for Scholastic's Space University series, as a National Geographic Explorer and technical consultant for a second grade physics series, as a technical reviewer on multiple series for Enslow (now Rosen), as editor of Ad Astra magazine, and fact-checker for the University Press of Florida. I have taught writing in the CCISD gifted program and have also participated in numerous workshops and critiques by some of the best writing teachers available.

Editing Fees: I charge $2 per page (300 words/page), with a minimum of $100/story.

Manuscripts provided as doc or docx will be returned with Track Changes in Word. PDF is acceptable, but docx and print preferred to PDF. Print copies should be double-spaced to allow room for comments, and a return postage-paid envelope should be provided. Please query if I'm available and to receive a consulting agreement before sending any manuscripts.

How to Publish a Book

What options do authors have now to publish their work? What's the difference between traditional, academic/educational, and self publishing? Do you need an agent? What are the terms of a typical contract, and how can I avoid being scammed? What are my upfront costs? What goes into my proposal? How long does it take to publish a book? What will I be expected to do in terms of marketing?

Fee is $100/person or project. Discounts are available for libraries and charities. Travel expenses charged separately.

Publish Your Work on Kindle

Want a professional-looking Kindle ebook with a Table of Contents with active links, properly placed and formatted images, and appropriate front/back matter? Do you need help creating the description using key words, choosing your categories, pricing, and Amazon author profile? I can do these things for you and teach you how to do it yourself (if you have Word and WinZip). Note, you must provide the cover art and any interior images. (I can recommend artists.) Cost is $3/page (300 words) with a minimum charge of $100 and includes copyediting. If you also want a print book, I can help you prepare the manuscript for printing via CreateSpace or other self-publishing platforms for an additional charge, depending on the complexity of the book.

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Links for Writers

Need an idea? Try my Short Story Exercise based on Space Station Science

I recommend David Farland's Daily Kicks newsletter and writing workshops.

Get Your Book Reviewed I choose books for review on the National Space Society's website and in their quarterly print magazine, Ad Astra. We consider ONLY books related to the human settlement of space, in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and children's. Visit the NSS Reading Space for reviews and guidelines.

Is your book too long or too short? Check typical word counts for books.

Count the words via: www.englishgrammar.org/wordcounter.

Writers' Groups/Orgs

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Join if you want to write for kids!

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America - Check out their Writers Beware page to avoid scam agents and bad contracts.

Clear Lake Area writers, join the Bay Area Writers League (BAWL) Meetup.

The Houston Writers House holds monthly socials and helpful workshops.

Houston area SF Writers, join me at the Houston SF Meetup on second Mondays at Theo's on Westheimer for good food and intelligent conversation.

Sample My Work

Some of my publications are FREE online. Please check my Bibliography for links to numerous book reviews and other works.

”Passion
Read what inspired me to write my memoir, A Passion for Space.

Sample chapters are available on Springer's website.

Use the Amazon "Look Inside" feature to verify my self-publishing skills in Fly Me to the Moon and Other Stories. Link to eBook below. Check out the print copy on CreateSpace.

"Martian Mice," a story I wrote for kids is FREE via CreateSpace. Go to my 4Frontiers Authors page for the link and a discount off the print copy.

Payment for Services

Use the "Add to Cart" button below to pay for editing, workshops, or reprint rights to stories. Use the "quantity" times $1 to pay the amount due. (I.e., select quantity = 25 to pay $25.)

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