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 the service(s) you are interested in.

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, poetry, 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.

What are your procedures?

After submitting a request here, you can usually 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 the expectations of my services. You may request a complimentary consultation at this time.

Once I review your completed request form, 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 Agreement. You will have to sign and date both, then return to me along with your manuscript. This indicates the start of the project.

Depending on the payment plan we set up, you will receive periodic invoices and time logs. Once the service is completed, you will receive a final invoice and time log. Once final payment is complete, you will receive your serviced manuscript and the Work Contract Agreement signed and dated by me as a receipt for completing the project.

If you require a detailed debriefing, I offer post-project consultations, which will be the subject of a separate agreement.

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.

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

There is a designated space on all of the service request forms where you may allow or deny me permission to use your name and manuscript title in any 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 Agreement as well as a Letter of Agreement.

Are there any policies to adhere to?

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

Do you offer a discount if I hire you for more than one service?

I offer a multi-project client discount of 20 percent. A downpayment of the project quote is required as a guarantee for future projects.

In what forms do you accept payment?

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

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 a 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 Agreement.

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 excerpt or manuscript. Usually, a critique will include a written report about the work that addresses your specific concerns while also highlighting strengths, weaknesses, and room for improvements to the manuscript. For more information, go here or contact me.

What is copy editing?

Copy editing is a sentence-level focus of editing for your manuscript to improve readability and fitness for its purpose and ensure that text is free of grammatical and factual errors. For more information, go here or contact me.

What is substantive editing?

Substantive editing is extensive edits and constructive feedback designed to polish your writing while strengthening your manuscript. 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. For more information, go here or contact me.

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. For more information, go here or contact me.

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