How long will it take?
Turnaround depends on the size of the project, the genre, and my current workload. Editing takes time, especially high-quality, thorough editing. It's like that saying—"Pick two: cheap, fast, and good."
Depending on my schedule, I may be able to accommodate quick-turnover projects with a rush fee between 25% and 50%.
I'm not sure what service(s) I need. Can you help me choose?
How does payment work?
I issue invoices through Wave, which accepts debit, credit, and direct bank transfers. I do not accept American Express.
Once we agree to work together, you'll pay a nonrefundable $50 deposit to secure a spot in my schedule. If the deposit isn't paid within 48 hours of signing the proposal, the client forfeits the calendar slot and will take the next available slot.
For more payment info, and for a glimpse into the editorial process of each service, see here.
I send you my project and you make it perfect, right?
As much as every editor wishes this were true, the reality is that humans are not perfect. I do my absolute best to achieve perfection, but I don't guarantee it. Additionally, it is up to you as the author to apply the changes and correct the issues I flag. Editors don't rewrite for you; we simply offer suggestions for ways to improve.
What if I don't agree with one of your edits?
This is bound to happen! You've written something very close to you and we may disagree on certain changes. Our process should be collaborative; that's why I include an "author revision" round and follow-up time with all proofreading, copyediting, line editing, and full developmental editing services so that you can ask questions. I will also be available for email support as you work through the edits.
I'm more than happy to walk you through my reasoning and how I believe the change will strengthen the text, but it's ultimately your choice. Editing is not about running a red pen through your work for fun. I'm here to bring knowledge to the table so you can make an insightful decision.
My book has sex, violence, profanity, gory details, Dark Themes, etc. will you still edit it?
Absolutely! Er, probably. My friends say I'm weird, but . . . the ghastlier the better! I do have a background in criminology, after all.
But (there's always a but), for a list of things I don't and won't edit, please see my About page.
Can you help me publish my novel?
I'm here to guide you on the self-publishing journey (part of it, anyway), but if you're looking for someone to publish your book for you, you'll need to seek out a traditional publisher. If you're going the independent route, I'm more than happy to provide you with referrals for formatters, cover designers, indexers, literary attorneys, and permissions editors. Heck, I'll even throw in a complimentary copyright page template. I also assist in editing and writing front and back matter, book blurbs, query letters, and synopses. I will not, however, market or promote your book.
I have oodles and oodles of info about self-publishing on my secret resources page . . .
(Clue: you'll have to subscribe to my newsletter to retrieve the password)
What tools and resources do you use to edit?
Microsoft Word Track Changes
Adobe Acrobat (proofreading only)
Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.
American Psychological Association Publication Manual
Yahoo! Style Guide
Associated Press Stylebook
Words into Type by Marjorie E. Skillin & Robert Malcolm Gay
Garner's Modern English Usage by Bryan A. Garner
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.
Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn
A whole bunch of grammar and writing resources I've accumulated over the years (many of which are listed on my Resources page)
Who retains copyright of the edited material?
The client. Any writing or editing is carried out as a service for which you pay. I have no rights to the final text.
What about confidentiality?
I don’t discuss client projects outside the business (it's in my contract). Should you wish, I will be happy to sign a confidentiality agreement (NDA).
Do I have to acknowledge your contribution to my book?
Nope! But if you'd like to, please let me know prepublishing.
How do you calculate your rates?
When I calculate my rates, I consider multiple factors: word count, the level of work required (e.g., light edit versus a heavy edit), genre, specific requests, reference-editing requirements, style requirements, and the complexity of extra elements such as tables and illustrations. For a customized quote, please fill out my form here. If you are requesting copyediting or line editing services, I will provide you with a free sample edit. My rates are in line with the EFA's editorial rates.
I'm new to this process. what is a style sheet?
A style sheet is used by various people in your publishing process—such as the copyeditor and proofreader—and records decisions about things like hyphenation, numbering, capitalization, spelling variation, and punctuation style so that there's consistency to your writing. For any copyediting or line editing service, I create a style sheet specific to your project that you can pass along to others in your publishing journey.
What do you not do?
I do not do layout, formatting, indexing, cover design, permissions, or marketing and promoting books. While mild fact-checking is included in copyediting, extensive research and fact-checking is not included (though we can discuss adding it for a fee).