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?2019-10-15T11:25:45-04:00

I specialize in commercial fiction: mystery, suspense, historical fiction, thrillers, romance, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and women’s fiction. I don’t accept horror, inspirational, juvenile, 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.

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.

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.

HOW LONG IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO RESERVE YOUR SERVICE?2019-10-15T11:32:34-04:00

While there’s no requirement to reserve a slot in advance, my schedule may fill up so it may be 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.

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.

WHAT MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING DO YOU PREFER?2019-10-15T11:22:39-04:00

I require manuscripts to be delivered in an .rtf or .doc(x) file, and I will return the edits to the author in docx format. I don’t accept pdf files for editing.

My formatting preferences are 12 point Times New Roman font, 1″ margins, and either double spaced or 1.5 line spacing.

If I’m line editing a manuscript, it’s easier for me to work with a file that uses formatted paragraph indentation rather than tabs.

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/.

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.

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.