How does the editing process begin?
I will respond to your booking inquiry by asking a number of follow-up questions that will allow me to learn about you, your goals, your project, and what you would like from me. We will discuss packages, pricing, and timelines. Once we have figured out what the next best step is for your project, I will compile a proposal letter. The proposal will outline specific details of what I will do, as well as a break-down of price and timeline. Once the proposal is signed by you and I receive the documents for editing, I will begin working on our agreed upon date.
What is the turn-around time for a project?
The length of a project, the number of editorial rounds and client reviews, and the type of editing performed, all determine the turn-around time for each project. If you have a deadline you need met, we can discuss it and see if I can possibly make it work for you.
How should I send my materials?
You can send your work as a .doc file, or mail hardcopy. A pdf works if I am proofreading a document that has already been formatted and designed for the page.
What do you edit?
Nearly everything. I edit web content such as blogs and online magazines. I edit fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, graphic novels, cookbooks, and children’s books. If you have content of any kind that needs editing, contact me and let’s talk about it!
Why don't I see prices?
Prices are dependent on a number of factors. Before I can provide an estimate, I need to account for the type of editing being done, the length of the project, and the technical difficulty of the text. Like many editors, I charge an hourly rate, and I align my rates with those provided by the Editorial Freelancers Association. If you would like to get an idea for standard editing rates, please reference this chart at the EFA's website.
What style guide do you use?
I adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. unless otherwise specified by you. If you have a house style guide you need to use, please provide it.
What kind of payment do you accept?
For smaller projects, I ask for payment upfront. For larger projects, the two-installment method works well. The first installment takes place upon agreement and the second installment happens prior to delivery of my edits. I give a ten percent discount to returning clients. I accept payment via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, and check.