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FAQS ABOUT MY SERVICES
Are there any genres you don’t work with? I don’t do anything in the horror, erotica, or “steamy” romance genres. But I’d be happy to help you find someone who does.
Do you offer curriculum development? No, but I can help you find someone who does.
Do you offer design/layout/formatting? No, but I can help you find someone who specializes in your genre. (Yes, that affects formatting, believe it or not.)
Do you offer ghostwriting? No, but I can help you find someone who does.
Do you offer indexing? I might at some point, but I don’t at this time. I can help you find an indexer, though.
Do you offer book marketing/promotion? I can direct you to some basic resources. If you need help beyond that, I’ll help you find someone.
Do you offer permissions management? No. I can give you some basic advice on obtaining permissions and/or help you find someone who specializes in permissions.
Do you offer project management? No, but I can help you find someone who does.
Do you offer proofreading? No, but I can help you find someone who does. (Are you sensing a pattern here? 😉)
Do you offer research/fact checking? Not as a separate service. If I come across something while editing that seems off, I’ll look into it. But if you need your entire manuscript fact-checked, I can help you find someone who specializes in that.
Do you offer sensitivity reading? No, but I can help you find someone who does.
Do you offer transcription services? No, but I can help you find someone who does.
Do you offer translation services? I can help with a French word or two. If you need more than that, I can help you find a professional translator.
Will you do a free sample edit for me? No. Lawyers, doctors, and other professionals don’t give free samples of their work. Neither do I. A sample edit costs $100 USD for substantive editing or copyediting, and a manuscript evaluation (the equivalent of a sample edit for developmental editing) costs $600 USD.
Do you offer any discounts? No. The only exception is for people who do a sample edit with me and then decide to do a full-manuscript edit with me. In that case, I’ll take the price of the sample edit ($100 USD) off the price of the full edit.
Are you going to steal my work? Absolutely not! Not only is that unethical, but it’d also scare away other potential clients and ruin my business. Besides, I’m a writer too. I have no interest in passing your work off as my own.
Will you sign a noncompetition agreement? No. By nature, an editor works with many different clients. My business can’t run if I sign noncompetition agreements.
Can you give me daily/weekly updates on my project? No. If I agree to a deadline, I’ll do everything in my power to meet it. But I can’t do my best work with someone demanding constant updates, emailing me all the time, or otherwise breathing down my neck.
I don’t check my email regularly. Can we communicate some other way? Because of the nature of this work, email is my primary method of communication with clients. I do my best to solve problems and answer questions on my own, so if I email you, that means I really need your input. If I’m going to meet our deadlines, I need your response(s) ASAP. Similarly, I check my email at least daily and answer client emails promptly.
How dare you change X, Y, or Z in my manuscript? My job as an editor is to find the mistakes and weaknesses in a manuscript and fix them. I’ll explain any big changes I make, but if I had to spell out the reasons behind every edit, no project would ever get done. (And if you don’t want to alter your manuscript or are going to make a fuss about every change I make, what’s the point of working with an editor?)
Are there any dealbreakers for our working relationship? Any rude, derogatory, suggestive, profane, and/or threatening behavior is completely unacceptable in any relationship, personal or professional. Such behavior will immediately and permanently disqualify a person as my client.