How do I know you’re any good?
Good in the sense that I can clean up your story? I authored a dozen books before becoming an editor. I have worked constantly honing my craft.
Good in the sense that we’ll make a great team? You have a great story to tell. I want to help you make sure it’s in the best shape possible before delivering it to your readers.
How should I format my manuscript?
- Use 12-ish pt. normal font. Nothing with swashes or anything that looks like it belongs on a wedding invitation or a comic book cover.
- Use Styles in Word to indent your paragraphs. Don’t use TAB to make paragraphs. Seriously. Don’t.
- Use Headings in Styles for your Chapters headings (Numbers and/or Titles)
- .doc or .docx
- Standard 8.5 x 11 page size. Regular old margins.
These make it easier to read and easier to navigate through the document. I will NOT be formatting your book for print or ebook. Once I’m done, feel free to go back to your preferred fonts, margins, page sizes, etc.
How does payment work?
Once I have your contract, I will invoice you through PayPal.
Can I see a contract?
Sure. Here’s a SAMPLE.
What happens if I change my mind and want to hire someone else?
We can still be friends. If I haven’t started your manuscript, I’ll refund your payment through PayPal. If I have started, I’ll refund your payment, minus the charges for the work up to that point, and I’ll return the partially edited manuscript.
What happens if you can’t finish?
In the ridiculously unlikely event that I would be unable to finish your project, I’ll refund your payment and return the partially edited manuscript.
What genres do you edit?
Almost any. I would turn down horror because I have a terribly overactive imagination as it is. Excessive violence and gore would be a deal breaker. Pornography is out. Other than that … I think we’re good. I reserve the right to decline to edit your work.
I’ve edited everything from children’s books to Ph.D. dissertations.
Do you use Track Changes in Word?
For proofreading, no. For Line editing, yes.
What if I want more than line editing?
We can talk. I can do more in-depth, developmental editing, but it is a huge commitment, and there are a lot of variables. (My schedule, the condition of your manuscript, your timeframe, etc.)
You’re a writer too. How do I know you won’t steal my stuff?
Because that’s completely illegal and unethical.
What references or styles guides to you use?
If you actually care about this … a thousand bonus points for you. I use the most recent Chicago Manual of Style (currently 16th edition) and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. (The Oxford Dictionary of American English is my back-up)