The process

We start with a discussion by email or phone. What are your expectations? Do you need a thorough line-by-line copyedit or more substantive, structural help? In the case of a copyedit, I will ask you for a few sample pages to edit at no charge and with no obligation. In this way, I determine the level of editing you need and can provide an accurate quote; and you have a chance to see my work, which will help you decide if I’m the right editor for you. 

I begin copyediting only once you have finished your manuscript. This policy prevents duplication of effort and extra cost, and it allows me to properly evaluate continuity and narrative flow. Edits (with tracked changes), comments, and queries will be handled within your Word file or marked up manually if you’d rather supply a copy on paper. I can edit a PDF, but the file limitations add to editing time, and I do not recommend the format for anything longer than a few pages. I do two complete passes through your manuscript before returning it to you.

A developmental edit consists of two parts. The first is a multipage report—my comprehensive review of your manuscript at the structural level. I will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the major components of the manuscript and provide suggestions on how best to address problem areas. The second part is an edit of your manuscript file using tracked changes to illustrate where and how to revise in order to implement the recommendations of the report. In order to make an accurate developmental edit quote, I will ask you for a copy of the whole manuscript. Please see my Editing page for more about developmental editing and copyediting.

Quotes for either type of edit or for proofreading reflect project pricing, so you know your total cost up front. I do not quote by the word, because manuscripts of equal length do not necessarily require equal time. My quote is based on how many 250-word pages of your manuscript I can edit or proofread per hour. Each free, no-obligation quote includes a proposed completion date. When you decide to hire me, we will confirm the terms via a simple emailed contract. A 25 percent deposit is needed to reserve time on my schedule. The balance is due upon completion of the edit.

I stand in for your readers as I edit. Their effortless comprehension of your writing is one of my two main goals as your editor. My other goal is earning your trust and repeat business through your complete satisfaction with my work. 

About Me

With twenty years of proofreading experience gained freelancing for ad agencies in and around Providence, RI, several years ago I started my editing business to specialize in fiction and memoir. I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and I conduct my business in accordance with the EFA Code of Fair Practice. I am a member of NAIWE, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, and a Gold Member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals. Call or email me today with the details of your project. I look forward to helping you captivate your readers. I do not edit academic papers or textbooks, but I am happy to recommend highly qualified colleagues who specialize in those areas. 

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