What type of projects do you edit?
Book-length manuscripts, chapbooks, novellas, dissertations, theses, journal articles and submissions. I also edit smaller projects such as résumés and cover letters, newsletters, brochures, websites, and training manuals.
What kind of clients do you work with?
Anyone from first-time writers to experienced authors, graduate students to academic professionals, and start-up businesses to established non-profits. Retainer agreements can be negotiated upon request.
What are your editing interests?
My editing services are geared towards creative writing of all kinds, as well as academic writing in the humanities and social sciences.
What do you charge for your editing services?
My hourly rates are competitive and are within the range of what is typically charged by the Editorial Freelancers Association. However, pricing is contingent on a project's individual needs. An initial assessment of the work will be required so that I can provide you with a clear and detailed estimate. This quote will outline the amount of time the project will take based on the level of editing I recommend and my availability.
Do you offer a free sample edit?
Yes. For longer projects I will provide a free sample edit of up to 1,000 words or one hour's work, whichever comes first, following an initial consultation. I offer this level of service because I know how much time you've invested in researching and writing your manuscript—turning over your work to an editor is a big decision and I want you to have all the facts you need to make an informed choice.
What can I expect during my free consultation?
I’m interested in learning about your editing goals and how I may be able to help you achieve them. To get the most out of your consultation, come prepared to answer the following questions: How many drafts have you completed? Who is your target audience for this project? What is your estimated time frame? What level of editing do you anticipate? What is your project about (synopsis, thesis, etc.)? Finally, I’ll also want to know if you’ve been edited before: if so, I’m interested in learning about what you liked, or didn’t like about the process; if not, I’ll want to discuss any expectations and concerns you may have before starting on your sample edit and personalized quote.
How will I know if you're the right editor for me?
Just as each writer has a different style, so too does each editor. You should hire an editor who understands your vision, who has the experience to meet the demands of your project, and who will help you sound more like yourself on the page—in essence, you want an editor who will be your advocate. The free sample edit I offer will help you to determine if we're the right fit for one another.
Can you edit my manuscript as I'm writing it?
Unfortunately, no. Editing a manuscript in its entirety is more cost-efficient than working on it piecemeal for a couple of reasons: First, I don't always move in chronological order when applying changes to a document (as some of the updates are made with wildcards and applied en masse); and second, piecemeal editing is incredibly complex, which makes the possibility for errors to be very high. Both issues can cause a project budget to quickly exceed its quoted cost, as well as decrease the accuracy of the finished product.
How long will it take to edit my work and how soon can you start?
It can depend on several factors, namely: how many projects I am working on at a given time; the size of your project; and the objectives for your project. Please contact me with a brief overview about your work for a more specific determination. Rush service may be available for smaller jobs for an additional fee.