What to Expect
Copy or Developmental Editing for your Manuscript
1 Contact me so we can talk about your manuscript. Tell me your goals for your project, the types of services you need, your genre and word count, and any other information you think may be helpful. Don’t worry about formalities, just let me know what you need and a little bit about you and your writing journey.
2 I’ll send you an email letting you know I received your inquiry. I usually respond within 24 hours to chat about your needs in more detail. Once we are comfortable with your goals, and if my services fit your needs, I will send you:
- the total payment amount for completing the project
- the estimated date of delivery
- the services I will be including
- any other pertinent questions about your project
3 If you like what you see and agree with the fee, services, and my delivery date, I’ll send you a contract to review and sign and I will invoice you for the first half of the project fee. This payment can be made via credit or debit card, bank wire, money order or personal check; be advised that the check must clear before I commence work.
4 I will edit your manuscript in addition to any other agreed upon services. If I find that your manuscript in fact does not need my services, I will refund 90% of my total editorial fee and return your manuscript. Reasons may include, but are not limited to:
- your manuscript is in great shape and you do not need my services
- the full length manuscript does not reflect the sample pages originally submitted
- I feel there are too many structural problems that need to be addressed before the manuscript is ready for editing
5 When I’m finished I will invoice you for the second half of the editorial fee and send you any global notes I have compiled. If we are working on a picture book together, we will continue editing until you are satisfied with your book. You will then be invoiced for any unpaid remaining billable hours.
6 When your payment clears via credit or debit card, bank wire, money order or personal check, I will send you an electronic copy of your manuscript.
7 After you review your manuscript you can email me to set up a time to do a follow up assessment. This can be done via skype or email. We can talk about your book, my edits, next steps, publishing routes, and your goals for completion…the sky is the limit!