- Q: How long will it take?
- A: This will depend on how much work is involved and what other commitments I have in my calendar. I might be able to work on your document straight away, but sometimes it could be a while before I can start. I will always be clear about when I can do the work, and will do my best to fit in with your deadlines.
- 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.
All reputable editors offer a sample edit. The sample edit lets the writer and the editor check each other out without an expensive commitment. A sample edit will give you priceless information about your writing and let you evaluate my services at the same time.
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 1,000-3,000-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: I accept new manuscripts by email only, as attachments, and do all my editing on-screen and online using Microsoft Word’s ‘Track Changes’ with comments in the margin, 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.
- 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 $75 for Proofreading and $100 for Copy Editing and Line Editing. Essays, manuscripts, and documents under 1,000 words or 4 pages (calculated @ 250 words per page,) have a minimum charge of $25.
- Q: How is payment handled?
- A: All payments are made through PayPal, by check or cash transfer 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.