Policies & Procedures
Before committing to an editing project, I ask to review your manuscript. This will give me a better sense of your editorial needs. I will provide a free sample edit of about 500 words of your manuscript. This will demonstrate the type of editing I recommend and help you decide whether I’m a good fit for you.
As we discuss the prospect of working together, it’s likely that you’re evaluating several other editors as well. This is completely understandable. I only ask that you let me know you’re talking to other editors and tell me as soon as possible if you decide to work with someone else.
After we agree upon an estimate, I require a 50 percent nonrefundable deposit to reserve your spot on my editorial calendar. I will also email you a letter of agreement or contract, outlining what we’ve agreed upon. Feel free to talk to me about any questions you have or any changes you propose to the letter of agreement or contract before paying the deposit.
When I receive your manuscript, on the agreed-upon date, I’ll ask for an additional 25 percent before I begin editing. The remainder is payable within 30 days after the work is completed.
For most writers, hiring a professional editor is a significant investment. In some cases, I offer alternative payment plans.
I work electronically, making corrections, suggested revisions, and comments with the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word. I request that the author take a hiatus from working on the manuscript while it’s being edited; my feedback will be based on the version provided to me.