Have questions about my editing services? Get answers here!
1. Which genres/styles/lengths do you edit?
I have experience editing everything from full-length novels, to short stories, to thesis papers, to short blog e-books in any and all genres.
That said, my favorite (and most qualified) genres of fiction are young adult, new adult, historical fiction, women’s fiction, and other realistic fictions. I have edited fantasy, although it is not my favorite genre. In nonfiction, I also have preference working with e-books for blogs and journalistic creative nonfiction.
I do not edit children’s books, picture books, early readers chapter books, and books where humans are not the main characters.
If you have questions about my specific experience in your genre, feel free contact me either at the form at the bottom of this page or via email.
2. Are you available for regular projects?
I am currently unable to commit to any recurring, long-term corporate project; however, I am happy to work with authors who are completing a series or otherwise would like to stick to a single, consistent editor.
3. What are your qualifications?
A summary of my resume and experiences, including testimonials and my LinkedIn page, can be found here.
4. Will you beta read for me?
I’m very interested in working with members of the writing community throughout the writing process. I’d love to look at select sections of your work and provide some comments; however, I cannot promise to be available at any given time. As such, this will be on a case-by-case basis, but it never hurts to ask! Feel free contact me either at the form at the bottom of this page or via email.
ABOUT FEES, BOOKINGS, & CONTRACTS
1. How much can I expect a project to cost?
The self-publishing world can be daunting and expensive, but I know that many authors struggle to afford the expense of a professional edit. In an effort to keep my rates as low as possible, I examine each situation (and manuscript) independently, taking into consideration the time it will take me to complete the edit, as well as the extent of editing that I will need to do.
For this reason, it is impossible for me to provide a concrete answer to this question without seeing your individual manuscript.
That said, I generally charge a per-word flat-rate fee based on the extent of editing that I will need to do that is anywhere from half a cent to 2 cents per word, with proofreading being on the lower end and line editing being on the higher end.
This means that proofreading for a 50,000 word manuscript could be as low as $250 — which is much cheaper than most editors you’ll find!
2. Do you work with international authors?
My expertise is solely in U.S. English and I charge in USD. If that is acceptable to you, then we can work together despite international boundaries.
3. How far in advance should I book you?
Regardless of who you choose to edit your novel, you need to book your editor as early as possible. Editing is a lengthy process, and I can’t add books to my schedule if they will push back other deadlines. I recommend booking at least 1-2 months in advance, perhaps more, if you’re on a tight deadline!
4. Do you work with a contract?
In an effort to protect both myself and my authors, I will require us both to sign a contract. You can receive a copy of my sample contract by request.
5. How will payment work?
As soon as we have signed the contract and you send me your unedited manuscript, I will send you an invoice via Quickbooks. This invoice will be due 7 days following the expected project completion date at the latest.
You may pay any time from the submission of the invoice until this due date, but I recommend paying as early as possible, because I tend to complete projects much earlier than planned, and I will not release the edited manuscript to you until after I have received payment.
I also have a late payment policy that is outlined in our contract.
6. What file format do you prefer?
I like to work in Microsoft Word, because it allows you to track my changes and comments simply. Additionally, it works across most operating systems, including PC, Mac, and Linux.
I also have experience editing in Google Docs, WordPress, Quark Xpress, and Adobe InDesign.
ABOUT THE EDITING PROCESS
1. Do you offer a sample edit?
Because my method of editing is so collaborative and involves so much communication between myself and the author, I like to ensure that we will be a good fit for one another by offering a free sample edit.
I usually have the writer send me the first scene or section of their manuscript (between 500 and 1000 words), to be fully edited by me in about 1 to 3 days. Afterwards, the author is able to analyze my edits and comments and decide whether or not I will work well with their goals and vision. Then we go from there!
This sample is completely free and non-obligatory, so you really have nothing to lose! Simply ask for a quote and I will write back asking for part of your manuscript.
2. What is developmental edit vs. a copy or line edit?
A developmental edit takes place earlier in the writing process, and refers to providing comments toward the development and flow of the story, including discussing major themes, inconsistencies, character development, plot structure, tone, etc. It does not involve correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, etc.
This type of editing is highly subjective, and will be performed via comments on the side of the manuscript, rather than me directly changing the content. This allows you and I to work together to create the book in your vision, not mine. Developmental editing is a collaborative effort that should involve extensive communication between us both.
If you would like me to make changes directly into your manuscript, this will be referred to as a “rewrite” and results in additional charge.
A copyedit takes place later in the writing process, and refers to correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, etc. It does not involve the plot or content of the manuscript.
More information about the editing services I provide is available here.
3. What are my responsibilities as an author?
All of your responsibilities will be outlined clearly in our contract, but here are a few key points:
- Provide me with all the materials and information necessary to complete the job in a timely manner. Delay may result in delayed delivery of completed project!
- Provide me with feedback as requested in a timely manner. Delay may result in delayed delivery of completed project.
- Complete payment as specified in our contract. Non-payment will result in late fees and possible prosecution. I will not release work to any client until after the amount has been paid in full!
4. How long can I expect the edit to take?
This really depends on the word count and the current quality of the manuscript. After I do a free sample edit for you, I can give you a more detailed timeframe.
Remember, I may not be available immediately after you complete your manuscript. I recommend booking a few weeks or even months in advance to ensure that I can work with your timeline.
1. Do I need to credit or acknowledge you in my final book?
Of course not. I always appreciate a shout-out, whether it’s in your book, on social media, or via word-of-mouth, but you are by no means required to credit me. I also won’t list your book on my site as a “product” of mine—it’s up to you to share that I worked with you if you would like.
2. Do you guarantee that my book will be error-free? Accepted by an agent? Published?
There is no way that I can guarantee any of these things; however, I will do my absolute best to work with you throughout the entire process to make you and your book successful. Unfortunately, I cannot provide a refund should you find a mistake in your manuscript after I submit it back to you.
3. What will you do with my book after the project is finished?
Absolutely nothing. It is explicitly written in our contract that I will not sell, share, or otherwise distribute any version of your manuscript. I may want to use your manuscript as a before/after example in my portfolio, but if that’s the case, I’ll ask for your written permission first.
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