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FAQ2017-03-17T10:24:36-04:00

Should you have any questions that are not addressed in the FAQ area, please contact me directly for answers.

WHAT TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTS DO YOU EDIT?2016-12-19T10:25:29-04:00

I specialize in commercial fiction: mystery/crime, romance, suspense/thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, New Adult, and women’s fiction. I don’t accept horror, inspirational romance, juvenile fiction, or nonfiction manuscripts. Check out this list for more detailed information.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEVELOPMENTAL (CONTENT) EDITS AND LINE EDITS?2016-12-19T10:27:52-04:00

The difference is one of focus, macro vs. micro. A big-picture look at the overall story vs. zooming in to sentence structure and word choice. Most of the developmental edits will come in the form of an editorial letter, while line edits are made in the manuscript file, either in comments or directly to the text itself.

Typical developmental edit suggestions might include tips for handling backstory more elegantly, beginning the story later, fixing plot holes, heightening the suspense, raising the stakes, or fleshing out a character’s motivation.

Line edits smooth out the rough edges of the prose. They involve identifying specific things such as grammatical errors, misused homophones, repetition, lack of continuity, point-of-view slips, abrupt transitions, out-of-character lines of dialogue, verb tense inconsistencies, filter words, writing tics, and unclear or awkward phrasing.

WHAT MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING DO YOU PREFER?2016-12-19T10:30:58-04:00

I require manuscripts to be delivered in an .rtf or .doc(x) file. I don’t accept pdf files for editing.

DO I HAVE TO MAIL YOU MY MANUSCRIPT?2016-01-25T15:54:22-04:00

There’s no need to send me any materials, since all editing is done electronically. You will simply email me the manuscript, and I will return your edits via email.

HOW LONG DO EDITS TAKE?2016-01-25T15:55:22-04:00

My standard turnaround time is two weeks for each editing round, from the date scheduled for payment and manuscript delivery.

The turnaround time guarantee applies for jobs delivered and paid on time. In situations of late payment or late manuscript delivery, I will do my best to rearrange my schedule to accommodate the delay but the turnaround time may need to be extended.

DO YOU ACCEPT RUSH JOBS?2016-01-12T09:51:50-04:00

Yes, if I have availability in my schedule I’ll do my best to work you in.

HOW DO I RESERVE AN EDITING SLOT?2016-01-12T10:11:18-04:00

Simply contact me to inquire about my availability. If I find your project a good fit I’ll let you know when I have openings in my schedule.

DO YOU EVER REFUSE JOBS?2016-12-19T10:35:46-04:00

Yes, I will decline an editing job if I don’t think I’m a good fit for a project. I believe authors deserve to work with an editor who has experience with their type of project, who really enjoys their story and their writing style, and who understands their vision in a way that can add value to the process of preparing their manuscript for publication.

HOW LONG IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO RESERVE YOUR SERVICE?2016-12-19T10:38:59-04:00

While there’s no requirement to reserve a slot in advance, my schedule may fill up so it’s always helpful to book ahead. Editing jobs sometimes get rescheduled though, so don’t hesitate to check whether if I can fit you in on short notice.

WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND AUTHORS SELF-EDIT THEIR MANUSCRIPT BEFORE HIRING AN EDITOR?2016-12-19T10:41:15-04:00

If authors take the time to self-edit their manuscripts, they end up getting more bang for their buck when they hire an editor. Any glaring weaknesses and plot holes will naturally become the focus of an initial editing pass. If the author has already tackled those, an editor will be better able to see less obvious flaws and dive deeper into the resulting story to provide a more nuanced evaluation.

IF I HIRE YOU FOR BOTH EDITING ROUNDS, WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T AGREE WITH ALL YOUR DEVELOPMENTAL EDITS?2016-12-19T10:45:06-04:00

I encourage authors to execute only the editorial suggestions that resonate with them and fit in with their vision for their stories. My job is to point out opportunities to develop plot and characterization and adjust pacing, but ultimately the story belongs to the author, whose artistic decisions should prevail.

WILL YOU EDIT A PARTIAL/PROPOSAL?2016-01-12T09:57:05-04:00

Yes, I am open to this type of job. Please contact me for a quote.

HOW LONG IS YOUR QUOTE VALID?2016-01-12T10:12:04-04:00

For at least six months.

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?2016-01-12T10:12:11-04:00

Payment is due in full on the date I’m scheduled to receive the manuscript and begin the job.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU TAKE?2017-03-17T10:24:36-04:00

I accept payment in US dollars only, via my PayPal account. I’m open to considering other methods of payment (in US currency), although I don’t accept personal checks.

DO YOU OFFER COPYEDITING OR PROOFREADING?2019-04-20T11:19:25-04:00

When line editing I catch the majority of typographical errors, so the manuscript will be polished enough to submit to agents and editors. However, if you’re planning to self-publish, I advise hiring the services of a professional copy editor and/or proofreader. I recommend Tara Mandarano’s copy editing service: http://www.taramandarano.com/.

WILL I LAND AN AGENT/PUBLISHER AFTER PURCHASING YOUR SERVICES?2016-01-12T10:02:06-04:00

No editor can guarantee that an author will land an agent or publishing contract after contracting their services. All we can guarantee is that the manuscript will be polished enough to help you put your best foot forward.