(Be sure to read below about the bonus plan!)
Do you need an editor? My
answer is, "Probably."
On this page you'll find answers to questions
about my editing service. If you have other
questions, be in touch. 704-998-8253, email@example.com
Why did I say above
that you probably need an editor?
Because publishers expect camera-ready
manuscripts - manuscripts that are not only
punctuated correctly, but also structured for
optimal clarity and dynamism.
Even writers for elite magazines and authors
of best sellers use editors.
What's a freelance
I am a freelance editor, which means I am not an
employee of a publishing house. I work
independently, with writers who are preparing
manuscripts for publishing - or aiming to take
their writing skills to the next level.
'Editing' - what
does that mean?
Most of the feedback I give my clients addresses
structure, clarity, tone and richness - much
more than punctuation and grammar. (Is the work
organized in the most dramatic way? Does the
momentum lag? Have you focused the manuscript
such that you've achieved what you intended? Are
there additional ways to build suspense?)
What do I edit?
Anything and everything, but I specialize in
fiction. All work is confidential and money-back
You can afford my bonus
plan. In most instances I find that a
client needs feedback on what to do in the next
revision. My trained eye and ear quickly
pinpoint which details need to be addressed.
My collaboration with the writer usually
proceeds this way (see below for other options):
I review the manuscript and schedule a
consultation, which - depending on logistics and
convenience - is held either in person or by
phone. We can work together whether you're 5
miles away or 2500 miles away.
Two points about this bonus plan are worth
- It's inexpensive
- You may ask as many questions as you wish,
for the meeting is open-ended - in other
words, in-session as long as you ask
Other editing options:
- I use my red pen to mark up your print
copy, making notes about how and why changes
- We work via email. I correct your text, or
insert notes using a different-size font.
- Ghostwriting: I turn your rough draft into
a ready-to-publish manuscript.
- Final-edit: When you've completed your
revisions, I do the final polish, meaning I
doublecheck spelling and punctuation.
- We collaborate. I help you write your
story, or help you transform a rough draft
into a salable manuscript.
- I transcribe your audio-taped story and
deliver to you a finished manuscript.
When should you
Early. If the ms. is a short story or article,
be in touch after your first revision. If it's a
book ms., be in touch when you've completed a
rough draft of about 75 pages. The feedback you
get early will help you make the remainder of
the writing stronger and clearer - and your
characters more real, momentum faster-paced,
sensory details richer, etc.
How do you know you
can trust me as editor?
I've got a file full of letters of commendation.
On the home page I've included some quotes from
clients, names withheld. (Remember, all work is
confidential - but most of my clients would be
glad to speak with you.)
What does editing
If you fit the category above - the writer that
needs help in spotting the revisions that need
to be tackled - you can afford my feedback. I
give you verbal feedback; you make notes. (No
need for me to see a book-length manuscript to
identify a work's strengths and weaknesses.) The
bill usually comes to less than $175. Plan to
spend a bit on your writing skills - I guarantee
you'll be glad you did. This is my bonus plan,
or budget plan.
What's the regular
Detailed work, where the entire manuscript gets
a close review, gets billed at $40 per hour for
jobs of fewer than 20 hours. I bill big jobs at
an hourly rate that's a bit lower.
What can you expect
from the editing?
My goal is always to see you increase your
knowledge. As a result of my edits, you learn
more and more how to edit your own work.
(Yes, my goal is to keep "deleting" my clients,
one after the other. But that's OK - most
clients refer other clients.)
I look forward to hearing from you. I promise to
listen carefully - for I know you are unique, so
is your writing, so are your editing needs.