What will you accept?
- All genres of fiction, as well as literary fiction and non-fiction.
- Web content, marketing materials, blurbs and bios.
- Academic writing in the areas of Social Services, Psychology, Sociology, Art, Film, and Literature.
- Work by ESL writers needing “teaching edits” to help them learn the mechanics of English grammar.
What rates do you charge?
- Proofreading: $.03/word*
- Copy Editing: $.05/word*, which includes line editing, copy editing, and proofreading as one service.
- Developmental Editing: $.07/word*
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, I offer payment plans on a case-by-case basis. Please contact me for more information or to discuss your pricing concerns.
Do you provide sample edits?
Absolutely. I will provide sample edits of 1,000-1,500 words free of charge.
When is your next availability?
This fluctuates, so please contact me to inquire about availability.
Do you accept rush jobs?
Depending on my schedule/availability, I may be able to accept rush jobs. There is an additional 50% fee for such projects.
Do you require a deposit?
A non-refundable initial deposit of 25% is required on all projects, which also acts as a reservation fee. PLEASE NOTE: I cannot add your project to my calendar until I receive the deposit.
How will I be billed?
You will receive an invoice from PayPal for the deposit at the time of scheduling, and another for the balance when the project is complete, both due upon receipt. Your completed project cannot be returned until the full payment has been received.
What forms of payment do you accept?
For new clients, payments are only accepted via PayPal. However, I am likely to accept checks in the mail from established clients.
What file types do you accept?
You can submit your work as a .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf.
How soon before my scheduled edit do I need to get my manuscript to you?
I need to receive your manuscript at least 24 hours before I begin your edit. We will need this time to finalize the final price, the process, and the expected completion date. If I do not receive your manuscript at least 24 hours before our agreed start date, and I have not heard from you, your project will be canceled and you will forfeit your initial deposit. If there is a possibility you will be unable to make your date, notify me immediately so that we can discuss it.
How can we communicate during the project?
- phone (within reasonable hours)
- In person, if possible*
*subject to $35 per hour fee
How long will this take?
It depends on the complexity of the project, how much editing you’ve already done yourself, and what level of editing you have requested. However, here is a conservative estimate of my general editing pace:
- Proofreading: 18,000 words per day
- Copy editing: 12,000 words per day
- Developmental: 8,000-12,000 words per day
What if I don’t agree with some of the changes you said I should make?
No problem! I will never haggle with you over your choices on your work. My job is to use my education, experience, style manual, and dictionary to alert you to possible errors, typos, and inconsistencies, as well as offer suggestions so that your story comes through as clearly and as professionally as possible. Though I work hard and do my best, I am not perfect. After all, it is your writing, and you have the final say for what will be your published product. I’m just here to help you!
Can you do a second read-through?
Yes, you can schedule a second read-through of a project I’ve already edited, for a fee of 50% of the original cost. For the best results, this second reading should take place at least a week (or more) after the original edit. Be aware that I may have other projects lined up, so if you’re interested in a second read-through,it is best to let me know when you initially schedule so that both reading dates can be reserved.
Is there a contract I have to sign?
Yes, I wil send you a contract via email that can be signed electronically. Here is a contract example.