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What can I expect from your critique?
It’s difficult to choose a brand new editor. I totally understand that. You’re shelling out a chunk of money to an internet stranger, releasing your baby to them, and hoping for the best. I want to do all I can to ease your worries. On top of testimonies from my previous, amazing clients, I try to be transparent in everything you can expect from me. Below are a couple of pdf samples of my short proofreading/editing jobs. I’ve also included a beta-read response to a novel, which I write at the end of a manuscript .docx, with some comments sprinkled throughout to help highlight specific issues throughout the manuscript.
- Horror House – Short critique sample
- Sibling Rivalry – Short Critique Sample
- Makamano – Beta-Read Sample
If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Why are your wait times so long?
I’m a work-at-home parent with two little monsters. Also, its been many months since I didn’t have a queue of novels and ghostwriting projects to tackle. When most of my projects are lengthy novels, I can’t get them done quickly. I take my time with each project to make sure that every client gets my full attention and gets all the feedback I have to offer. So while you might have to wait 3-8 weeks to get your novel back, I promise that I will give your work as much attention as anyone else’s.
Unless I am ultra-swamped, I always have a 3-day turn-around guarantee on independent short works under 3000 words (does not count for serial projects, chapters of novels, or any chain of projects).
Which package should I purchase?
If you’ve yet to have a writer or professional look over your work at all, I highly suggest starting out with a critical beta-read. There is no sense in me spending a great deal of my time proofreading a piece that still needs revision. Once you have revised or rewritten a project that you feel that it is really ready for publication or representation, then we can discuss the proofreading package, where I only correct grammatical errors, typos, etc. Only once the manuscript is flawless do I suggest purchasing the formatting package. Any edits that need to be made after formatting has been complete could alter the formatting and undo a great deal of work, costing us time and money. Book covers should (at least for print books) only be purchased after formatting is complete, as I must know the exact page count of the complete manuscript to properly create a print cover.
If you don’t know what stage your book is in, talk to me about it. I don’t mind looking over a sample of your book and telling you what package I think its ready for.
If you insist on purchasing a proofreading package for an early draft, I will happily proofread your manuscript. But I will also let you know about improvements that need to be made and leave the ultimate decision up to you.
Can I only order the formatting package from you?
You can, but see the previous question for my thoughts on that. Purchasing a formatting package from me does not include any critiquing or editing, so please make sure your manuscript is 100% perfect and ready for publication.
How long have you been freelancing?
I’ve done a small amount of freelancing since 2010. I freelanced with a small publishing house for a little while, which was great. Then I did ghostwriting and content writing for small businesses, blogs, product descriptions, technical writing. BLECK. I wasn’t a fan. In 2016, I started as a freelance journalist, which I’ve done a small amount of over the last year. I began pursuing a job in freelancing as a fiction/creative non-fiction content developer only in late 2016. I have loved every minute of it. (Okay, okay…most minutes of it.)