Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to commonly asked questions about editing and my services.
How do I know my book is ready for an editor?
Do these 5 essential things first before sending your book to a professional editor.
What are the different types of editing? Which editing service do I need?
There are several stages of editing, and the language of editing can be very confusing. Even editors use the same terms to mean different things! You can learn about four types of editing on My Services page to figure out which you are looking for. Having a small amount of knowledge of the different editing services will help you find the right book editor.
How will you make changes?
I make revisions using the Track Changes feature on Microsoft Word and inserting comments. This allows the author complete control over whether to accept or reject each revision and suggestion. Much of editing is subjective or based on style preference, so by using Track Changes, you can accept all or only some of the changes. I also add some comments to explain changes or revisions to consider, such as replace with different words or eliminate redundant phrases.
How much does editing cost?
Every project is unique, so it’s difficult to give an exact quote without looking at the written work and talking about what you’re looking for in the editing process. In general, my project quotes are in the range of $400-$1,000 for proofreading and $600-$1,200 for copyediting.
How do you accept payment?
I accept payment through PayPal. Once we verify services and cost, I will send a PayPal invoice for 50% of the total cost. Once I receive this payment, I will get to work editing. When I’ve completed editing, I will return the carefully polished book to you, along with a detailed summary report and an invoice for the remaining 50% balance due. If you don’t have a PayPal account, that’s ok. You can pay the invoice via credit card and you never give me your credit card number, so it’s a fast and secure method of payment for both of us.
How long will editing take?
It depends on how well the manuscript is written, its length, and which editing service I provide. In general, I reserve four weeks for a copyedit and two weeks for a proofread. Let’s get in touch to get a better idea of a timeframe for your project.
When should I book your services?
My editing calendar is typically booked a few months in advance. With your 50% down payment, you can secure a spot on my calendar in advance, but it is rare that I’m available to edit your book right now.
How do I send my book to you?
You can send me the most recent copy of your book in a Word .doc or .docx format via email if the file is small enough, or you can send bigger files to me through Dropbox. I will use Track Changes on Microsoft Word for all edits, and return a marked up copy with lots of comments with the most recent editing date as part of the file name. This will make it easy for you to locate the edited document among your files.
How do I know you’re the best editor for my book?
I might be. I might not be. For example, if you’re looking for a developmental editor for a science fiction book, I’m not the best editor for your book. And I’ll tell you that. If you’re looking for a copyeditor to improve the accuracy and consistency in your nonfiction-business book, then I’m probably one of the best editors for your book. I know my strengths, and if your book is one that I can improve using my knowledge and skills, then let’s work together and make your book better! If your book is outside my area of expertise, then I’ll try to help you find the right editor for you. Here’s an extensive list about finding a book editor and a list of recommended editors.
Do you edit blog posts?
Yes! Sometimes authors I’ve worked with later ask me to edit their blog posts too. We’ve worked out some great arrangements usually on an ongoing basis. And sometimes authors will have a course, tutorial, or web pages they want to make sure have no glaring grammatical errors. Just send me an email and we’ll from there.
How much does your Amazon author page service cost? What does it include?
This unique service starts at $500 per author page. I’ll gather all the information I need from you (such as what you want in your bio, your contact information, any unique and relevant information I can include, which books you have for sale on Amazon, what your blog URL is, and any pictures or videos that would be good for your page). I’ll take care of adding it all to your page and making sure it looks professional and great. That way when someone sees one of your books on Amazon and is curious about who you are, your page is optimized to turn a potential customer into a fan.
What is your satisfaction guarantee?
I am here to serve you, the author, through my editing skills. If at anytime you are unsatisfied with my work, I want to know, learn, and make it right. My goal is to help make your book more valuable for you and your readers, and that is what I’ll do. I am open to feedback and always looking to improve my skills and service for authors.