Why should I hire a freelance editor?
A freelance editor can help you identify issues in your story that other friends or readers may overlook. This is especially helpful if you’re receiving rejections from agents or publishers but not getting feedback as to why.
If you’re going the self-publishing route, a freelance editor can help ensure you present a more polished book. If readers notice multiple typos on just the first page, you’re going to quickly lose their confidence.
Do I need to work with an editor before submitting to agents and publishers?
Absolutely not. This may seem contradictory to the previous question, but if you are planning to go the traditional route, you do not need to hire an editor. Your decision to work with an editor should be based on the type of feedback you’re seeking. Critique partners and beta readers are valuable resources, and can definitely be utilized before you query. But if you feel you would benefit from working with a freelance editor (or maybe you’re having trouble finding and keeping CPs), then that decision is yours.
Will I get an agent or publishing contract after you edit my book?
The publishing industry (and readership) is incredibly subjective, so I can’t guarantee you will sign with an agent or get published. All I can promise is honest, detailed feedback to make your story stronger.
What should I expect when I work with you?
Once you’ve agreed to the quoted price, expect to sign an Editorial Agreement that outlines the scope of the work, as well as the estimated completion date of the project. I do require a 50% deposit upfront before I can begin the work (if I’m booked out more than a month, you may pay 20% of the total quote to hold your spot, but the next 30% must be paid before the project start date). The total balance must be paid at the conclusion of the engagement, before I can release the edited manuscript. I will periodically send updates to let you know when I’ve started the project and keep you posted on my progress.
What kind of books do you edit?
I edit young adult fiction and romance, as well as middle grade. YA is my main area of interest; some favorites include Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, and You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Some favorite romances include The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. Middle grades I adore include When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, and Wonder by R. J. Palacio. I would love to work on manuscripts in a similar vein as these books.
As far as genres and subjects go, I love:
- Historical/time travel (for romance)
- Coming of age
- Friendship and/or family stories
- Social issues
- Stories about death/losing someone
- Romantic relationships
However, I am not the best fit for fantasy.
That said, if I feel I can’t give you the edit you need, I’ll let you know! I can always refer you to a colleague.
What are your rates?
My rates are as follows:
- Manuscript Evaluation: $0.01 per word
- Full Developmental Edit: $0.018 per word
- Partial Manuscript Edit: $0.018 per word (developmental) / $0.01 per word (evaluation)
- Copyedit: $0.017 per word
For more details about each of these edits, please visit my Editorial Services page.