Find out more about my editing philosophy, service contracts, booking timeframes, and more below. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out through my contact page or shoot me a quick message through the floating blue Chat bubble in the bottom right corner of this page.
- What is your editing philosophy / approach?
- What is the benefit of a professional edit?
- Am I ready for a professional edit? What editing service do I need?
- Do you offer a no-obligation free sample edit?
- How will my editing experience / process work with you?
- Do you have an editing service contract? What does it say?
- How do you set your rates?
- Do you offer payment plans?
- Should I book in advance? How far out?
- What genres do you edit?
Q: What is your editing philosophy / approach?
I believe two things: (1) everyone has a story to tell, and (2) somewhere someone is waiting to read (and love!) that story. I want to instill the confidence in you to achieve your dream of sharing your story with your future readers.
For this reason, my mission is to support you in publishing with confidence.
Through my editing services, I partner with you to ensure you’re proud of the story you’re sending out into the world. I strive to understand not only your editing and manuscript goals, but *why* you’re writing this story. My goal is to preserve your voice and vision while ensuring clarity and a polished final product.
After meticulously working through your manuscript, I provide both positive and constructive feedback. Your manuscript will look different — this is why you’re hiring me! But please trust that any change I suggest is a thoughtful decision that should improve the clarity and quality of your book. I always have your manuscript’s best interest at heart.
Finally, I am always available for questions before, during, and after the editing process to support you on your publishing journey.
If you feel you would benefit from my approach, we could be a great match!
Q: What is the benefit of a professional edit?
While you should absolutely self-edit whether or not you use a professional editor, you are (for better and for worse) intimately connected to your story. You know the ins and outs, not only of what is on but what you intended to convey through the page. As such, when you read and edit your manuscript, your mind is supplementing information as you work that readers will not be aware of. This causes two problems:
- For developmental edits: While you know the background of each character and see plot action as if watching a movie, your reader may be missing crucial information that impacts the way they experience your story. Your brain will have difficulty identifying holes and inconsistencies while you edit because it is simultaneously supplementing information only you know.
- For copy / line edits and proofreads: You’ve likely read and edited your manuscript from top to bottom 10+ times before proceeding to grammar and syntax. When you then attempt technical edits, your brain doesn’t actually see what’s on the page. It will inadvertently (and automatically) add missing words and correct grammar while you read because you’ve spent the previous ten iterations telling your brain that this is what you intended to write.
To ensure your story is accurately conveyed and enjoyed to its fullest extent, hiring an editor brings a fresh set of professional eyes to your manuscript that will help you spot content and technical issues.
Q: Am I ready for a professional edit? What editing service do I need?
If you’re unsure which editing service would be most beneficial or if your manuscript is even ready for a professional edit, please contact me! I am more than willing to review a sample and help you determine your best next step. (And don’t worry—requesting a sample review never creates an obligation to work with me.)
Q: Do you offer a no-obligation free sample edit?
Of course! To ensure we’re a great match, I will review a sample of your work (the length varies depending on the total length of your manuscript). For a developmental edit, I will provide a few thoughts on story elements revealed in your sample as well as a list of particulars we would cover in your edit. For a copy / line edit or proofread, I will mark up your sample as prescribed. My sample edits are no pressure; the decision to move forward is entirely up to you.
Q: How will my editing experience / process work with you?
It’s easier to envision yourself in an editing partnership if you know what you’re getting into! Here is a step-by-step view into my typical editing process:
- Let’s chat!
After your inquiry email arrives in my inbox, I’ll reach out so we can discuss your writing goals and determine if we’re a great match. We’ll cover your ideas, intentions, and concerns for your manuscript; your chosen editing service; and (if desired) your free sample edit and my feedback.
- Make it official
If you decide I’m a great fit, we’ll make our partnership official! We’ll discuss and sign your editing service contract and I’ll request your service deposit. You are on your way to publishing with confidence.
- Edit with intention
Taking all of the information from our previous discussions, I begin meticulously working through your manuscript. If I have any questions along the way, I’ll be sure to shoot you an email. Please feel free to follow up with me at any time during this process with additional thoughts.
- Discuss Q&As
Once my edits are complete, I’ll send you the final product and any accompanying documents. I am happy to answer follow-up questions or explain suggested changes or ideas for improvement in greater detail. I know working your way through edits can take time (literally and emotionally), so if you have questions as you go, just reach out.
You’ve done it, friend! You have taken a huge step towards publishing with confidence. I love to hear as clients achieve their publishing dreams, so please don’t hesitate to keep me in the loop.
Q: Do you have an editing service contract? What does it say?
Q: How do you set your rates?
My rates for each editing service are based on industry averages compiled by the Editorial Freelancers Association. I specifically use price-per-word so you know upfront your estimated cost.
Q: Do you offer payment plans?
I know editing is a worthwhile but costly investment. For this reason, I do offer payment plans for larger projects. I request a 50% retainer deposit upon booking, and the remainder can be split into weekly or biweekly payments; full payment is due prior to project completion. All details of our agreed-upon payment schedule will be clearly laid out in your project’s editing service contract.
Q: Should I book in advance? How far out?
You can book out as far as you’d like (consider using my edits as a deadline!), but I suggest booking at least three to five weeks in advance. For immediate availability, please send me an email and we can see if there are any gaps in my schedule.
Q: What genres do you edit?
I specialize in fiction, editing across a rather extensive list of its genres: speculative fiction, including fantasy and all its subgenres (e.g., urban fantasy, NA + YA fantasy, epic fantasy), science fiction, and dystopian; magical realism; romance; chick lit; mystery; literary fiction; historical fiction; and contemporary fiction. I don’t cover horror, thriller, or extreme violence.
Additional questions? Want to chat more about how I can support you in publishing with confidence? Ready to dive straight in?
Reach out through the Editing Services button below, my contact page, or the blue Chat bubble on the bottom right corner of this page and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.