• What We 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 services in copy editing, transcription, ebook design, and administrative support, so that you can put your best foot forward, and focus on the thing that really matters: bringing your message to life.

    I offer expertise in the following areas: history, museums, music, GLBT studies, education, travel, culinary arts (history, theory, and cookbooks), academic papers, and fiction (focusing on personal narratives and the macabre). If you didn't see your subject included, but are still interested in working with us, don't hesitate to contact me! I also have experience in the legal, financial, and medical fields, and am always seeking diverse projects to expand my knowledge base.

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  • Publishing

    Requiem Publishing is actively seeking submissions for e-publication. We can take your manuscript from start to finish, providing proofreading, copyediting, and formatting services, as well as arranging for cover art. Please be aware that we do not offer dynamic e-book elements at this time. If your work is very complex, you may want to consider a dedicated e-book formatter.

    We accept manuscripts in a variety of genres: fiction (from short stories to novels), poetry, children's literature, nonfiction (esp. social sciences and humanities fields), travel, cookbooks, etc.

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    Editing Services

    Click below to read about the services we offer:

    - copyediting/proofreading

    - transcription

    - administrative consulting

  • 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.

    We'll work with you to get your manuscript published as an e-book quickly and professionally, with no fuss to you. We 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. Currently, we can format for Amazon.com and Smashwords, and hope to add direct-to-PDF, EPUB, and MOBI in the near future.

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    e-Publishing Packages

    Express
    Includes proofreading, formatting for 1 distributor, basic front & back matter, liaison with distributor
    Basic
    Includes everything from Express Package, for 2 distributors, and: design of book cover, written summary, OR add'l front & back matter
    Complete
    Includes everything from Express Package, for 2 distributors, and: design of book cover, written summary, AND add'l front & back matter
    Additional Services:
    copyediting, indexing
  • I have been proofreading and copyediting for almost ten years. I handle the following types of documents:
    - books and articles
    - academic papers (incl. ESL)
    - presentations
    - newsletters
    - websites
    - programs
    - brochures

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    Proofreading
    A very detailed reading in order to mark errors for correction. Generally this includes capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and stylistic elements, such as font styles, spacing, and overall appearance.

    Mechanical Editing
    The process of checking a document's adherence to a particular style (Chicago, APA, etc.), specifically: capitalization, spelling, hyphenation, abbreviations, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and usage.

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

    I offer transcription of interviews, lectures, dictation, and more. I have over five years of experience transcribing audio and written files (typing from handwritten notes or typed material). Previous work has included: social science interviews, oral histories, law textbook dictation, law school lectures, and business interviews; recorded on portable recorders, dictation machines, and over the phone, as well as a variety of handwritten and typed copy.

    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"). Currently, I can only accept digitized audio files, digital or hardcopy written work.

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  • Administrative Consulting

    Office out of order? I have managed several major organizational projects. I can help you sort your things, recommend storage options, and get everything labeled and stored efficiently.

    I have almost ten years of experience as an administrative assistant, and am available for virtual assisting on a project or ongoing basis, as well as on-site work for local clients. Example projects might include: document processing, data entry, research, filing, social media management and setup, newsletter writing, blogging, etc.

    Contact me with your project to get a quote. Can quote hourly or project rate.

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  • Rates

    Like many others in my line of work, I prefer not to list my rates online, and here's why: every project is different. The specific services required, and the nature of the project, will impact the time and level of detail I spend on each job. The fees for each project are negotiated individually with clients. Often, this will require seeing a sample of the work before I can give an accurate assessment.

    However, if you're really stuck and want to see one organization's compilation of average rates, here is 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, especially for larger projects.

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

    4. We will never disclose 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.

  • Client List

    Please note this is a select, not complete, list:
    Kagin's, Inc.
    Spotflag, Inc.
    Growing Home Community Garden
    GLBT Historical Society [San Francisco, CA]
    Iron Horse Interactive
    Toy and Miniature Museum [Kansas City, MO]
    Professor, History [Sonoma State University]
    Professor, Social Work [San Jose State University]
    Museum of Industry [Waltham, MA]

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  • 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

    I am a copy editor, transcriptionist, and administrative consultant located in Northern California. I have been working freelance for over seven years, and recently decided to pursue e-publishing support - along with everything else I do - as a full-time business.

    Degrees & Certifications:
    M.A. History, University of Nebraska Kearney (2014 est.)
    M.A. Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University (2011)
    M.A. Cultural Production, Brandeis University (2009)
    B.A. History, Sonoma State University (2007)

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