Last Updated on August 1, 2019 by ThoughtsStained
*confetti cannon explodes*
*throws celebratory balloons*
*party hats all around*
So, when you stumbled upon this post, you might have noticed that some things look…different. In case this is your first time ever venturing here, for reference, this is what my blog looked like at the end of July:
As you can see, it looks (SO MUCH MORE AMAZING, HOLY SHIT) a little different, now.
Thanks to Kat @ Novels and Waffles, I have a brand new design that COMPLETELY SURPASSES my wildest dreams for this blog. Finally, after living on this corner of the internet for over seven years, I have a design that I love and I feel really fits who I am and what I want this blog to me: my outlet, my book blogger realm, my author website and more.
The red, black and white color scheme.
The fantasy feel, with castles and gems and knights and swords and shields and everything I love about the genre, on my blog.
The redesign features a new header! Some new sidebar content! A new logo, a cute drawing of me with my tattoos! New page breaks! A book rating system (which, you should totally check out, because I’m cheesy as hell and actually really proud of it and excited to start putting it into use)! A new signature!
Friends, I’m just in love with how this turned out and how great it looks. I went to Kat with a lot of different ideas and was completely unhelpful, but she completely surpassed my expectations, was so pleasant to work with, had an incredible turnaround time and was so professional and friendly! Her rates are more than fair and affordable and I highly recommend her services, of course.
Now, you might be wondering: Nicole, I know money is pretty tight and I know you’ve wanted to do this blog redesign for a while and made your own attempts. What finally changed and made you cave to finally do this?
Well, two reasons.
One, I’m making some good headway in edits for BLOOD PRICE and I just feel like…well, without trying to be cocky, but also being honest, I think I’m going to get representation with this novel. I think it has a true shot of getting published, thanks to the feedback I’ve received and the amount of work I’ve put into it. So I wanted my website to have more of a brand that truly represents ME, especially once I’m querying. It’s also one of the reasons I added a new page to the blog, too, describing the novels I’m currently working on and their status.
But, I’m also, starting today, going to be offering something else, too.
Which finally brings us to:
I’m opening up freelance editing services!
*more celebratory balloons escape*
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time. I love editing. I prefer it over writing because it’s when I feel my greatest work shines and the heart of the story is truly found. And over the years, with so much beta reading, internship and editing experience under my belt, I’ve become so passionate in my desire to help others find that same heart in their story through being their editor and I wanted to offer those services more formally. I’m friends with a lot of freelance editors and I always wished I could get to that point, too.
And then I realized, the only person holding me back from doing just that, was myself.
So, I’m finally taking the plunge and becoming a freelance editor! I still have my day job, but if this takes off well enough, who knows? Maybe I’ll finally be in a place to do something I love full-time and still pay the bills!
(Wouldn’t that just be the most incredible and mental thing ever!)
You can check out this page (or the top menu of my home page on the blog) for all the details of who I am, my reading interests, the services and rates I offer, plus some really sweet testimonials (seriously, I cried) from amazing writers who I’ve worked with before. I can’t wait to get started and form new friendships and partnerships as we level up your story!
So…yeah! To say I’m excited is an understatement. This blog has taken a lot of strides over the past year, in particular, and I’m really proud of it. I’m really excited to have it visually match what I’ve always dreamed of–but never had the talent to realize–and to believe in myself enough to finally take the plunge on my dream of becoming a SFF (and romance!) editor.
Thanks for joining me on this journey, friends. You’re the ones who make it possible. And, once again, thank you so much, Kat, for making this blog look better than it ever has before. I can never express my gratitude enough.