FAQs

FAQs

  • Q: Do you offer a sample edit?
  • A: Yes. I offer all new clients a free 1,000—3,000 word (depending upon the size of the entire manuscript and level of editing required,) sample edit; I like to be sure our styles will mesh before starting a project and it will help us both evaluate the whole job. Please contact me at via my Contact Form if you’re interested or have any questions.
  • Q:What types of manuscripts do you edit?
  • A: I prefer fiction manuscripts. The majority of what I read is fiction and is what I understand best, but I will also consider non-fiction if it is a subject matter of interest to me.
  • Q: What genres do you accept?
  • A: I welcome all genre fiction (e.g., fantasy, romance, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, thriller, cozy mystery, and mystery) and pre-agreed non-fiction (see the previous question). I am not comfortable editing prolonged scenes of torture (including animal cruelty), extreme violence and erotica works. At this time I do not edit poetry.
  • Q: Do you edit short stories and manuscripts?
  • A: Yes. I like working on short stories, novellas and manuscripts.
  • Q: Do you edit technical, legal, academic, secular, personal statements and school papers?
  • A: Technical, legal secular, and academic editing are specialized fields with specialized languages. There are editors who are authorities in this type of work and understand the unique tone required. Just Google ‘technical, legal, secular, or academic editors’.
  • Q: How can I get a feel for your editing skills?
  • A: Take advantage of my free 1,000-word edit for all new clients. If you are familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style and, to a lesser extent, the Associated Press Style Book. I don’t stray far from their grammar and punctuation views. I only resort to other reference books when The Chicago Manual of Style doesn’t address my question. At the Chicago Manual of Style’s suggestion, I use the Merriam-Webster Dictionary when I need to look up spellings, hyphenations, and definitions.
  • Q: What form does my document/manuscript need to be in?
    • A-1: I use Microsoft Word’s ‘Track Changes’ and Comments to edit, which allows authors to easily accept or decline all suggested changes. Therefore, manuscripts need to be in a format compatible with Word. Click Here for a video explaining ‘Track Changes’ in detail.
    • A-2: Recently, a few clients have asked me to ‘hard enter’ my corrections/edits into the manuscript and compile a separate list pinpointing exactly what I’ve done. If you would prefer this option, please let me know.
  • Q: How long will it take?
  • A: Turnaround time depends on the level of service requested (copy editing takes longer than proofreading), my current workload, and the length of the manuscript. Please let me know your timeline, and I’ll do my best to make it work. If I can’t, I’ll let you know upfront.
  • Q: I’m writing a techno-thriller/historical/sci-fi book. Do you fact check?
  • A: I don’t fact check. I’m only human and I don’t profess to know everything about everything, hence I will have to assume that specific facts and references included in your manuscript are correct.
  • Q: Is there a minimum charge?
  • A: Yes, there is a minimum charge of $40 for Proofreading and Copy Editing, except for essays, manuscripts, and documents under 1,000 words or 4 pages (calculated @ 250 words per page,) where the minimum charge is $25.
  • Q: How is payment handled?
  • A: All payments are made through PayPal and are in USD. Before commencing work on your manuscript, I do require 100% of the agreed upon total for small assignments of $100 or less. For projects totaling more than $100, I require 50% upon receipt of invoice and before I e-mail you the edited manuscript, I will contact you for the final 50%. Once payment reaches me, I will immediately send you your manuscript.

    **Important Note: If you do not have a PayPal account: You can still use a credit card and proceed with PayPal payment, just as safely as if you had an account.

    Payments made from outside of the USA will incur an additional 4% fee to cover a portion of the international surcharge from PayPal.

  • Q: How do you maintain contact with clients?
  • A: I work virtually with clients worldwide. Conversations via email provide both of us with a clear and concise record of all arrangements, stipulations, etc.

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