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Frequently Asked Questions

What genres do you edit?

I specialize in romance but will edit any genre I read frequently: historical fiction, humorous realistic fiction, time travel, fairy-tale remakes, action/adventure, and some fantasy/science fiction. I also recently completed a nonfiction anthology. Your genre not listed? Drop me a line and we can chat. I may be able to help or recommend another editor.

What types of editing do you do?

I do copy editing and proofreading and work with content that is already on the page—I am the final step between you and the reader. If you need developmental or line edits, I do have an editor that I have worked with frequently and can recommend.

How does the process work?

If we decide to work together after the sample edit, we will look at the calendar and find a date that works for both of us. I will send you a contract to sign that includes the price and scope of the work and invoice you. A $50 nonrefundable deposit (applicable to your total fee) will reserve your date in my schedule. Half the total fee is due before work begins. The remainder is due when I email you that your manuscript is complete. Once payment has been made in full I will return your manuscript and style sheet. If you need a payment plan, please reach out.

What can I expect with your edits?

I use Track Changes and Comments in Microsoft Word so you can see every change and suggestion I make. You can then accept or reject each one. I vastly prefer Microsoft Word, but for an extra charge of $100 per project I will work in Google Docs.

What file formats do you accept?

I prefer Microsoft Word, but for an extra charge of $100 per project I will use Google Docs for my edits instead if that is your preference.

How do I make payments?

I accept PayPal or Wise from authors with a Wise account.

As an editor, how do you respect my voice and writing style?

I never forget that this is not my book. This is your book that you are sharing with me and asking for my help polishing. I will make edits, comments, suggestions, and even explain grammar rules throughout your manuscript, keeping in mind your writing style and the voices of your characters. But it's always your choice to accept or reject any changes or suggestions.

Are there guarantees on your edits? Refunds?

Much like editors at brick-and-mortar publishing houses, I am human and can't guarantee that your manuscript will be completely error-free. I can certainly aim for the same 95% accuracy rate they achieve, though, and I think my clients will tell you that I have done better than that. I do not offer refunds, though I do want my clients to be satisfied and will work with you to try to come to a solution agreeable to us both should there be an issue.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your editing date before editing beings, you forfeit your $50 deposit. If you choose to cancel your edit after work has already begun on your manuscript, you will be responsible for paying for the work already completed. Since word count will not be an accurate reflection of how much work has gone into the edit, you will be billed based on how many hours have been spent on the project at the rate of $45 per hour.

What dates do you have available?

There is a calendar widget at the bottom of my Services page that shows my availability. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold a date. If you have a smallish project without a firm deadline, contact me about fitting it in around the larger manuscripts in my schedule.

What's your turnaround time?

Turnaround time varies based on the type of editing, how much editing is needed, and the word count of the manuscript. If I am doing my two rounds of copy editing back to back, it typically takes under a week for a short story or novella (under 30K), a week for a longer text (30K-60K), and two weeks for the longest manuscripts (60K+). If you'd like your manuscript back between rounds, you'll need to add your time with the manuscript to the total time the copy edit will take. These timelines, of course, are based on an ideal world and are not guaranteed, but I do my best.

How do you protect my privacy?

Neither your identity nor your work will be disclosed to any third parties without your permission. 

Do you accept feedback?

I will actively ask you for feedback, positive and negative! I want to know not only what you appreciated about my work, but what I could have done better.

Tell me about your website's Feedback page.

References and word-of-mouth referrals are vital for freelance editors. You are welcome to send me a review and a book cover image to add to my Feedback page and use on social media. In return, I am happy to link to a page of your choice where your book is for sale.

Talk to me about Artificial Intelligence (AI).

I do not use AI in my editing. When you hire me, you hire my experience and my expertise, not a computer's. I also will not run/feed any portion of your manuscript through any AI program. I prefer not to work on manuscripts that have had portions written by AI. (Editing programs like Grammarly are fine. Those don't generate your content.)

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