Working with me

Where do we begin?

  1. I email a brief, painless checklist. This helps me to understand your project and goals and to assess the services you need.
  2. I look at a sample from your manuscript, document, or online content.
  3. With that information, I quote time and cost to complete the project.
  4. Upon your acceptance of the quote, I send a short agreement, outlining our arrangement. You sign and date; I sign and date.

Other details:

I copy edit and proofread fiction, nonfiction, and corporate materials, on paper or in pixels.

I edit to the Chicago Manual of Style unless another style guide is requested, and spelling issues are decided by the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. I am also adept at using the AP Stylebook.

Rates: (You skipped down here straight away, didn’t you?) The project cost depends upon word count and the work required. I provide you with a price at the beginning. You pay half up front and half when you receive the completed edit. That’s it: no fee surprises.

A word about terms: what’s in an edit?

There are various kinds of editors and different types of editing. Titles and tasks can vary, depending upon whom you ask. There is, of course, some consensus and some overlap. After doing this for years, I’ve boiled it down to something pretty simple: I will fix or query anything and everything that needs to be addressed in your manuscript. The finished product will reflect upon you and will reflect upon me. And we both wanna look good, don’t we?

Just to be clear, unless we agree differently, this is what I include in an edit:

  • Correction of the basic mechanics: spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, and syntax.
  • Correction or query of style issues: word choice, transitions, accuracy and application of idioms.
  • Query of and revision suggestions for unclear or awkward writing, wordiness, and unnecessary repetition.
  • Verification of basic facts (those that can be checked with a quick Internet search).
  • Style sheet compiled and provided upon request.

A fiction edit also includes:

  • Formatting to standard publishing specifications preferred by agents and publishers.
  • Correction or query of issues with timeline, character attributes, consistency.

A nonfiction edit also includes:

  • Checking table of contents against page numbers and section heads.
  • Edit of captions, tables, illustrations, etc., ensuring references to them are accurate.
  • Checking alphabetizing and numbering of lists.
  • Query of poor organization and gaps in logic.
  • Compilation of a glossary of terms available upon request.
  • Editing of footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography will be addressed at the beginning of our work together and will be factored into the price accordingly.

A website edit covers all the relevant points above, outlined in a report with links or other locator information.

You will receive a document file, all changes delineated by MS Word’s Track Changes tool, with comments and queries throughout.

To get the ball rolling, contact me.