What are your rates?
My rates are based on industry standards set by the Editorial Freelancers Association. However, I quote on a project-by-project basis, as rates are determined by the project’s size, scope, and complexity. Before quoting a rate, I will evaluate your project by requesting more information and/or a sample to review.
For writer clients, I require an up-front deposit of 50 percent of the total project cost upon signing my service agreement. The remaining balance is due upon completion of the work.
How Does this work?
Once we decide to work together, I provide my writer clients a simple service agreement that clearly outlines the scope of service we’ve agreed to and my fees.
For book-length copyediting and proofreading projects, I can provide a 3,000-word sample edit upon request before completing the full project. That way, you can get a sense of my work, and we can troubleshoot issues as needed. For all projects, you will receive an editorial memo that summarizes the edit along with the completed work.
For publisher clients, I can provide a sample edit and/or complete an editorial test, if needed.
How long Will It take?
Schedules can vary based on the scope, length, and complexity of the project as well as my availability. I will provide a timeline along with my quoted rate.
It is not uncommon for my schedule to book up months in advance, so please reach out early to secure a window.
what resources do you use?
For writer clients, my default stylebook is The Chicago Manual of Style Online and my house dictionary is Merriam-Webster Online. For cookbook and food-related projects, I also reference The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion, Recipes into Type, and The Recipe Writer’s Handbook.
For publishers and businesses, I use their preferred references and am a quick study of in-house stylebooks.
What is your editing style?
I take a collaborative approach to editing and follow The Chicago Manual of Style’s best practices for electronically communicating with authors.
Most editorial projects are done in Microsoft Word using the track changes feature to show edits and the commenting feature to ask queries. Some proofreading projects are done in Adobe Acrobat using its mark-up tools and comments.
What types of books do you edit?
I consider working on most genres, but I specialize in narrative nonfiction of all stripes, how-to, cookbooks, and literary fiction.
What forms of payment do you accept?
For individuals, I accept PayPal and checks. For businesses, I accept checks and direct deposits.
how can i contact you?
My preferred method of communication is email. I can be reached by phone by appointment. Drop me a line here.