You, the client, want to know if we’ll be a good editorial match before we begin your project. I want to know that, too. An editorial relationship is critical for the writer creating their best work. So, before we begin any work, my first step is to gather all the information: genre, word count, page length, and deadlines. Then, I’ll develop an estimate of the time required to complete the work and provide that estimate to you, the client, for review and approval. If this our first time working together, I’ll do a sample edit of 1,000 words or less from your project so you can get a feel for my editing style and decide if it’ll work within the scope of your writing style.
Once the sample is approved, and the editing proposal is accepted, we can begin!
My fees are based on a variety of factors, including scope of the project, turnaround speed, number of pages/words, and deliverables required. A 50% down payment is required before I start the work. My rate generally falls within the rates detailed by The Editorial Freelancers Association ( http://the-efa.org/res/rates.php).
Most importantly, my goal is to help writers create the best product they can, whether it’s so self-publish or query to an agent. I am sensitive to budget constraints, and depending on the project, I am open to negotiating a fee with respect to the writer’s budget.