Pointer Stop Consulting is pleased to provide a full slate of editorial services for authors, including copy, line and content editing, proofreading and beta reading.

My preferred reading is Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller and my own education is primarily in mathematics and the physical sciences, so while I'll happily edit your Romance or Asian History, you might reasonably expect that we'll have a more productive collaboration in those genres and fields with which I'm more familiar.

Contact me at editing@pointerstop.ca for bookings and enquiries.
  • Io Deceneus - Journal of a Time Traveler: on sale
    The second edition of Io Deceneus (the version I edited) went on sale at Amazon in November.
    Posted Jan 3, 2014, 2:34 PM by Derek Broughton
  • Perfectible Animals: on sale
    Tom Norwood's done an amazing job of pulling together a lot of my favorite complaints about humanity and modern society; theorized a very probable path to collapse; and has a provided a small glimmer of hope for a better future.

    The plot involves global warming, disease run amok, governments run (some openly, some covertly) by the one-percenters for the one-percenters, have-not nations eyeing the haves for the remaining scarce resources, and biological warfare.

    In the midst of all this Dr. Michael Khan sees a chance to improve the human race, both by making them more resistant to disease—whether natural or man-made—and by making them more co-operative, so that they think first of what's best for mankind, rather than what's best for themselves.

    As one might expect, Michael Khan—being a brilliant scientist with a plan—can be reasonably accused of having a bit of a god complex. He knows what we need, and he's not always very smart about the politics of achieving his aims. But his heart's in the right place: while he wants to save the planet, his first priority is to save the woman he's loved for most of his life.

    The only question is whether the human race is willing to be saved, and whether Khan ultimately thinks they're worth saving.

    Now available at Amazon.com – CLICK HERE to view.  For availability elsewhere see the Perfectible Animals home page.


    Posted Jan 3, 2014, 2:30 PM by Derek Broughton
  • Dark Side of the Moon: on sale now
    Pia Catherine Rasmussen's Dark Side of the Moon, an SF horror story, is on sale now, and I have a credit: Dark Side of the Moon

    Posted Aug 31, 2013, 4:19 PM by Derek Broughton
  • Pointer Stop now accepting editing assignments
    With the new normal in publishing being self-publishing, and having read too many books recently that are sadly in need of editing, I've decided that it's definitely time to put my money (that is, my career) where my mouth is, and offer myself as a literary editor. As I've told many first-time writers, you simply can't afford to put an unedited book on the market. 

    If you're interested in editing services, contact me at editing@pointerstop.ca.

    If you honestly feel you cannot possibly afford an editor, contact me and we'll try to work something out.
    Posted Aug 27, 2013, 7:28 AM by Derek Broughton
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TitleAuthorTypeCompleteDue Date
Dark SIde of the Moon Pia Rasmussen Proofread  April 6, 2013 
Perfectible Animals Thomas Norwood Proofread  August 23, 2013 
Perfectible Animals Thomas Norwood Literary Edit  October 16, 2013 
Io Deceneus - Journal of a Time Traveler Florian Arma Literary Edit  November 27, 2013 
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Fee Schedule

  • Line Editing: $0.008 per word I will check grammar, syntax, vocabulary and spelling, paying attention to redundancy, idiom and slang. While I will point out usages that are awkward, I will not hold an author ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2013, 12:01 PM by Derek Broughton
  • Content Editing: $0.008 per word A Content Edit focuses on character development, continuity and structure of plot, pace, style and narrative voice. The content edit requires up to three readings of the text. The manuscript ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2013, 12:02 PM by Derek Broughton
  • Literary Editing: $0.012 per word A literary edit consists of a concurrent Content edit and Line edit. The same conditions and deliverables apply.Time: Typically 6-8 weeks for an 80- to 100,000 word ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2013, 12:02 PM by Derek Broughton
  • Copy Editing: $0.005 per word A copy edit is a single-pass Line Edit. Time: Generally 2-4 weeks for  an 80- to 120,000 word novel.
    Posted Aug 27, 2013, 6:56 AM by Derek Broughton
  • Redrafts: $0.004 per word If you have already used Pointer Stop's editing service, I will perform a single pass through your manuscript for Line, Content or Literary Edit (whichever you previously purchased).Time ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2013, 7:11 PM by Derek Broughton
  • Beta reading: $0.002 per word If you just want a summary of of impressions of readability, plot and characterization (i.e., a book review),  for an already-edited manuscript, we can provide a beta-reading ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2013, 7:02 PM by Derek Broughton
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