When is the best time to work with a freelance editor?
It varies, depending on the project, author, and the author’s goals. Some authors find it helpful to discuss their concept in the early stages of writing, before they have completed a full manuscript. These authors may consult with a freelance editor or utilize an initial critique as they refine the project and work towards completing the manuscript. Authors and illustrators may also consult with a freelance editor to discuss questions about the publishing industry, career strategy, or agents and publishers, or for general advice, guidance, and ongoing support throughout the writing and publishing process.
Authors who have completed a manuscript can find the global feedback of an overview edit helpful as they begin revising and targeting specific plot points, characters, or other areas to further develop or strengthen. Detailed or in-depth edits are typically the most helpful after an author has completed a manuscript and revised it as much as possible on his/her own — including sharing it with other readers, such as a critique partner or writing group. Critiques from early readers can help authors to address any issues that are readily apparent before receiving detailed editorial feedback. A freelance editor can also help authors and illustrators address feedback they have received from agents and publishers.
Can you guarantee that I’ll get an agent/book deal/Nobel prize/theme park based on my work?
I would love to guarantee that every book I work on would immediately find an agent, get a book deal, and become an instant bestseller. The reality is that a freelance editor cannot guarantee any of those things. What I can guarantee is that I’ll draw upon my trade publishing experience to offer thoughtful editorial guidance, helping to make your work as strong as possible so that it’s ready for the next step toward your goals.
What do you charge and what types of payment do you accept?
After reviewing the materials that an author or illustrator shares with me, I provide a custom quote that takes into account the manuscript length, project scope, schedule, and goals. I will not exceed this estimate unless we mutually agree to do so. Standard editorial fees start at $95/hour; flat fees are available in some cases. Consultation and coaching services are offered at a minimum of 4 hours (starting at $380) or can be added to other editorial services. After an author or illustrator approves an estimate, I send an agreement that details the editorial services I’ll provide along with schedule and payment information. Payments are usually made via PayPal, with half due upon agreement, half upon completion.
What’s a typical editorial timeline?
Depending on the type of project and the editorial services provided, the typical timeline for projects shorter than 75,000 words is around four to six weeks from the date that we begin working together. Projects longer than 75,000 words may require additional time. Rush projects may be possible for an additional fee. Project-specific editing schedules are considered reserved after I receive the signed agreement and initial deposit. I work standard business hours Monday through Friday and schedule phone calls and Skype sessions accordingly.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors, old and new (excluding authors I’ve worked with, of course):
- Jane Austen
- Kristin Cashore
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Tana French
- Gillian Flynn
- Shannon Hale
- Kevin Kwan
- Madeleine L’Engle
- Lois Lowry
- George R.R. Martin
- L.M. Montgomery
- Erin Morgenstern
- Phillip Pullman
- Matthew Quick
- Rainbow Rowell
- J.K. Rowling
- Lisa See
- Elizabeth George Speare
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Markus Zusak