• What I Do

    When you are really passionate about something, you want to share it with the world. My mission is to help you do exactly that. I provide editorial consulting services, so that you can put your best foot forward and focus on the thing that really matters: bringing your message to life. I am a freelance editor and consultant specializing in proofreading, copy editing, transcription, and layout.

    My subject expertise includes history, museums, GLBT studies, music (especially orchestral/choral), culinary arts, travel, and fiction (especially sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction). I also edit and design layout for academic papers from all humanities and social sciences fields (including ESL papers), newsletters, reports, exhibit labels, client proposals, news articles, marketing pieces, resumes, brochures, catalogs, letters, really anything you can dream up with words.

    about our name                selected clients
    rates and policies          meet the editor
  • Publishing

    If you plan to self-publish, I can prepare your manuscript for publication on Amazon.com or Smashwords, or simply produce a PDF or ePub of your book. My e-publication services are best for manuscripts that do not require a lot of special formatting (such as fiction). If your work is very complex, you may want to consider a dedicated e-book formatter.

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    Editorial Services

    Click below to read about the services we offer:

    - editing

    - transcription

    - layout

  • Our Publishing Process

    If you're an author without the time (or desire) to prepare your book for e-publishing, you're in the right place.

    I will look at a sample of your manuscript and work with you to determine the services and pricing that works best for you - choose a package from the list, or customize with just the services you need.


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    e-Publishing Packages

    Express
    Includes formatting for 1 distributor, basic front & back matter
    Basic
    Includes formatting for 2 distributors, proofreading, and: design of book cover OR written summary
    Complete
    Includes formatting for 2 distributors, proofreading, design of book cover, AND written summary

    Please let us know if you would like us to publish on your behalf under the Requiem Publishing imprint!
  • I offer several different levels of editing:

    Proofreading
    Modifying only what the author has written. A very detailed reading in order to mark errors for correction: capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and stylistic elements, such as font styles, spacing, and overall appearance.

    Copyediting
    Making small changes to improve the readability of what the author has written. The process of checking a document's adherence to a particular style, specifically: hyphenation, abbreviations, grammar, syntax, and usage.

    Line Editing
    Rewriting to improve style (repetitions, ambiguity) without impacting the author's voice, not editing the overall content or organization.

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  • Transcription

    I offer transcription from both audio files, as well as typed transcription from handwritten notes or other material. Previous work has included: social science interviews, oral histories, law textbook dictation, law school lectures, and business interviews.

    A sample of the audio is required for an accurate price quote. Multiple speakers, static or other sound quality issues, complex jargon, and heavy accents will all increase the cost of your transcription. Transcripts may be done either verbatim or near-verbatim (e.g. omitting "um").

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  • Layout

    I offer both layout design and consultation services. My services are perfect for people who wonder if the kerning on their website’s text could be better, who already have a layout but need it tweaked, think their website or print layout is missing that certain something, or who are too busy to perform layout tasks on top of everything else. I can set type for books, newsletters, or other documents, as well as providing consultation services on layouts that have already been completed.

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  • Rates

    Every project is different. The specific services required, and the nature and timeline of the project, will impact the cost of each job. The fees for each project are negotiated individually with clients. I may ask to see a sample of the work before I can give an accurate assessment.

    To see some sample rates, here is the compilation on the Editorial Freelancer's Association website: Editorial Rates

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    Policies

    1. Initial consultation is generally done via email. For local clients, an in-person meeting may be arranged.

    2. A deposit (usually 25% and no more than 50%) or periodic partial payments may be required for large projects.

    3. Payment may be made via PayPal, cashier's check, or business/personal check, and is due within 15 days of final invoice.

    4. We will never disclose clients' contact information or details of contracts. Titles of publications and names of corporate clients may appear online. Names of individuals will be used only with permission.

  • Selected Clients

    Fiction
    Zharmae Publishing Press [Spokane, WA]
    Roaring Forties Press [Berkeley, CA]
    Social Sciences
    League of Creative Minds [Burlingame, CA]
    GLBT Historical Society [San Francisco, CA]
    Professor, History [Sonoma State University]
    Professor, Social Work [San Jose State University]
    Business
    Kagin's, Inc. [Tiburon, CA]
    Kathleen Deery Design [San Francisco, CA]
    Trial Lawyer [Petaluma, CA]
    Financial Consultant [Guerneville, CA]
    Tech
    Iron Horse Interactive [San Ramon, CA]

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    Marketing
    Hunt Weber, Inc. [San Francisco, CA]
    Eyelevel Marketing [Sebastopol, CA]
    First California Mortgage Company [Petaluma, CA]
    Community Services
    Spotflag, Inc. [San Francisco, CA]
    Growing Home Community Garden [San Francisco, CA]
    Santa Rosa Junior College
    Arts & Culture
    Toy and Miniature Museum [Kansas City, MO]
    Museum of Industry [Waltham, MA]
    VIVA - Italian Cultural Center [Sebastopol, CA]
    Volunteer Work
    Distributed Proofreaders
  • About Our Name

    The word requiem means "rest," and comes from the Latin phrase requiem aeternum dona eis Domine, which is translated as "grant them eternal rest, Lord." Usually described as music for the dead, these pieces are really for the living. They are written to express sorrow, hope, and anxiety about the human condition. These subjects are so universal and inspiring that over 2000 unique requiems have been composed since the 15th century. Naturally, not every work aspires to such lofty topics, but the aim of Requiem Publishing is to seek out similarly inspired people in the hopes that their work will inspire others for years to come.

    Of course, the name of the business comes from an intensely personal place as well. The logo is an expression of this; in the background are three musical notes. They are the first three notes of the soprano part of Brahms' "German Requiem," which I had the privilege of performing at age sixteen with over one hundred other singers and a professional orchestra. The Brahms Requiem is one of the most beautiful and evocative ever composed, the words coming not from the standard Latin liturgical requiem mass, but rather from passages of the Bible that Brahms found particularly meaningful. The experience of performing this piece inspired me in a way that nothing else ever had before. It set me on a lifelong path of pursuing my passions, seeking out new experiences that touch me the same way that the Requiem did.

    The search led me here, to Requiem Publishing, where I have the chance to support fellow seekers and students, as well as creators of new lives, new information, new works of art, new universes. I was lucky enough to perform the Brahms Requiem again in the winter before I started this business, and it reminded me of the eternal nature of human passion. With this venture, I hope to pay forward the debt owed to those who have inspired me along the way.


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  • Amanda Kreklau

    Born and raised in Northern California, I began editing the academic papers of my peers in college and quickly moved on to academic publications, works of fiction, and editing for businesses. I am very passionate about social issues, especially the importance of memory and interpretation in society, and particularly love editing materials I feel make the world a better—or more entertaining—place.

    Education:
    M.A. Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University (2011)
    M.A. Cultural Production, Brandeis University (2009)
    B.A. History, Sonoma State University (2007)
    Graduate Coursework in History, University of Nebraska (2014)
    Graduate Coursework in Gender & Women’s Studies, Western Kentucky University (2008)

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