F.A.Q.

How do I submit a request for your services?

To submit a request for any of my services, contact me here and remember to check off which service(s) you are interested in.

What is your service procedure?

After submitting a request here, most times, you can hear back from me within one week. I will email you the form specific to the service you requested and ask you to review the Glossary of Freelance Editorial Work. This is to ensure I understand your needs, and you understand what is expected of my services.

Once your form is reviewed, I will either accept or deny your request. If accepted, I will send you a Letter of Agreement stating our agreed-upon terms and conditions, as well as a Work Contract. You will have to sign and date both, then return to me. You will receive the Work Contract back signed and dated by me as a receipt for completing the project.

How long will it take you to complete my project?

This varies depending on service, level of writing expertise, and other factors. For a more specific answer, please contact me with what service you’re interested in along with your word count.

What are my chances of being accepted?

Honestly, 50/50. It depends on if I’m currently working on another project, if I enjoy your genre, if I enjoy your synopsis, if I have planned out enough time for the size of your project, etc.

What manuscripts do you most often accept?

All fiction will most likely be accepted. Unfortunately, I am not accepting any nonfiction or academia at this time.

Why was my request denied?

Since I freelance part-time, your request might have been denied because I might be working with another client and do not have the time to offer my full attention to more than one project. It could also be for a different reason.

Will you use any of my work for your business promotions?

In all of my offered service request forms, you may allow or deny me permission to use your manuscript title and name in any and all business promotions. Business promotions include publishing on this website, in presentations, advertisements, and other marketing materials.

Do I have to sign a contract?

Yes. You sign a Work Contract as well as a Letter of Agreement.

Are there any policies to adhere to?

Yes. All policies can be found in the Work Contract I issue upon beginning a new project with a client.

In what forms do you accept payment?

I accept all major credit card and debit card transactions through trusted and secure PayPal.

Do you have any payment plans?

I am quite flexible on payment plans to ensure you can afford my services. I know not all authors are full-time authors, and paychecks don’t always deposit on time. I am open to creating any payment plan that can work for both of us. Whatever payment plan we agree upon will be stated in your Letter of Agreement and Work Contract.

Why do you only freelance part-time?

I work another job full-time to pay the bills and freelance because it is one of my great passions.

What are your credentials?

You can find my editorial related credentials here. You can find all my other credentials here.

What is critiquing?

Critiquing is reading and reviewing an unpublished manuscript and preparing a written report about the work that addresses the writer’s specific concerns while also highlighting strengths, weaknesses, and room for improvements to the manuscript.

What is copy editing?

Copy editing is sentence-level editing for your manuscript to improve readability and fitness for its purpose and ensure that text is free of grammatical and factual errors. Copy editing is a sentence-level focus on correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage while preserving the original text’s meaning and voice. A check for or impose a consistent style and format, query about apparent errors or inconsistencies. A cross-check of references, art, figures, tables, equations, and other features for consistency with their mentions in the text. Your manuscript will be prepared for the next stage of the publication process.

What is substantive editing?

Substantive editing is extensive edits and constructive feedback designed to polish your writing while strengthening your manuscript. Considerations for your manuscript’s concept and intended use, content, organization, design, and style. Substantive editing ensures what appears in writing is accurate, easy to follow, fit for purpose, and free of error, omission, inconsistency, and repetition. The goal is to make your manuscript functional for its readers, not just to make it correct and consistent. Substantive editing is almost entirely analysis-based, whether at the document level or the paragraph, sentence, or word level.

What is proofreading?

Proofreading is careful reading (and rereading) of a (yet to be finally printed) manuscript, to check the text of a project for errors, including typographical errors and problems with typesetting specifications and page makeup. It is a tightening up of your manuscript layout following the standard formatting guidelines for submissions, including front and back matter, or specifically requested formatting by agent or publisher, so you’re guaranteed to land a great impression. This may also involve checking different elements of a layout (such as headlines, paragraphs, illustrations, and colors) for the correct dimensions, placement, type, etc.

If you have a question and do not see it answered here, contact me.