Let’s suppose all this sounds good and you’ve decided you’d like to work with me. Cool! Here’s how things go after that.

Once we’ve decided to work together, I’ll let you know what my current availability is and give you an idea of how long it will take me to finish work on your project. Generally, this will be soon if not right away.

I invoice via PayPal and will need to be paid in full before I start work. I’ve done payment plans in the past and am happy to work something out with you if it’s too much to do at once. Especially if we’re working together on multiple rounds of edits, I’ll just ask you to pay for each round as we go through them.

I give in-line notes using Word’s Track Changes feature for queries, synopses, and manuscripts. If I’m reading a partial or a full manuscript and doing a developmental edit, I’ll also include an editorial letter (usually 3-5 pages) that focuses on issues that impact multiple areas of the manuscript, like pacing, characters, and general plot, as well as some ideas on what you can do to take your prose to the next level.

The editorial letter and comments are not meant to be do-or-die; they’re more to show you what I’m thinking as I’m reading and ask you questions that hopefully help you gain a new perspective on your story. If you’d like me to explain my thoughts more or disagree with something I’ve said, I’m happy to have a conversation with you via email and dig more into the issue. At the end of the day, though, it’s your story and my suggestions are just suggestions. My hope is that I can help you see your work in a new light, never force you to change things that you aren’t interested in changing.

As I am a full-time graduate student, sometimes things take longer during midterms or finals season. I’ll do my best to have your work back to you before date I give you, though sometimes life/school/work may get in the way. In these cases, I’ll get in touch, apologize, and let you know the new date when I expect to have everything finished. I’d rather produce good work that takes longer versus sloppy work on time, and I assume you’d prefer that as well.

Please note that due to the nature of an edit, we cannot offer refunds.

And that’s it! If you have more questions about specifics, please feel free to get in touch!

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