Frequently Asked Questions

(& Answers)

Pricing & Discounts

I need to have my book edited. How much do you charge?

Estimates are based on the type, word count and complexity of the material. After you submit your request for an estimate and I review your material, I will offer a range estimate that supports my professional analysis of the level of editing your manuscript requires. I do not offer estimates without first reviewing at least part of your material.

Do you have an affiliate or referral incentive program?

Yes. My referral incentive program pays 5% of the first paid-in-full invoice for any new client you refer to me, and your referred client will also get a new client discount on their first invoice. Let me know whom you're referring or they can advise that you referred them upon initial contact with me.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes, all new clients get 10% off their first project. Clients referred by one of my partners or affiliates get 5% off as mentioned above, plus an additional 5% discount. I also offer periodic editing sales which may not be combined with any other discounts.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cashier's checks, Square Cash and credit cards via Stripe and PayPal. I also accept personal and company checks from established clients.

Can I cancel my project?

You may cancel the work at any time. An invoice will be sent for the percentage of work completed. Any credit resulting from initial deposit or subsequent payments will be refunded within 7-10 business days.

How much do you charge for a sample edit?

Brief sample edits are free. Longer sample edits may be assessed a fee based on my normal rates.

My Process

How do I request an estimate?

For most projects, an easy way to request an estimate is to submit the information requested via my estimate request form. You may also email me via my contact form or at

If your request is received Monday through Thursday or Friday before noon, you will receive a response within 4-24 hours. If your request is made on Friday after noon or over the weekend and does not indicate a rush response is needed, you will receive a response on the following Monday, excluding holidays, during normal business hours.

What should I expect after requesting an estimate?

Upon receiving your request for an estimate, I will review your requirements along with any document or writing sample provided. I may schedule a phone or Skype meeting at that time to discuss your goals if they are not communicated in your estimate request or if I have other questions. I will then provide an estimate and sample edit. If you accept my estimate, I will email you an agreement to review, sign and return.

What is a sample edit and how is it useful?

A sample edit offers you an example of my editing before you commit to hiring me for a full project. Nothing can show you what an editor's touch can do better than seeing her work on yours.

*Tip: When requesting estimates from multiple editors, it's best to request a sample edit of the same excerpt from your work. This will allow you to do a side-by-side comparison and give you optimum insight into choosing the editor best suited for your project.

What if I have questions after my project is edited?

I remain available to answer questions about edits, comments or other aspects of the project for two weeks after the work is completed at no additional charge. Should you have questions after such time, email me for information regarding scheduling a follow-up consultation.

Can you accommodate rush projects?

Yes. Rush deadlines may be accommodated. A "rush fee" may apply, depending on the project and timing. Upon receipt of your request, I will check my calendar to determine my availability to accommodate your request.

How long does the editing process take?

If your work has been through the editing process prior to submission to me for a final edit, editing can average about 7-8 pages per hour. Fairly well-written material takes about 4-6 hours to edit, on average, which allows for a significant number of changes. If your writing is disorganized, unclear or otherwise extremely problematic, editing can average about 2-3 pages per hour.

These times reference approximately 250 words per page that are written by a native English speaker and non-technical in nature.

How should I submit my work?

If you are submitting a manuscript for line or copyediting, you may email it as an attachment to an email. Please use standard industry format.

You may submit your material as an attachment to an email if it is under 5MB. If it's over 5MB, I recommend you send it via a cloud service, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive or pCloud or a file transfer site, such as SendSafely, Filemail, Dropsend, MyAirBridge and TransferNow.

What is "standard manuscript format?"

❑ Margins: 1″ on all sides
❑ Spacing: Double
❑ Font: Standard 12-point monospaced, proportional typeface in Times New Roman, Arial or Courier New (similar fonts such as Verdana, Tahoma or Bookman Old Style are also acceptable for me)
❑ Header: Your last name and the title of your book in all caps on the left and page numbering on the right (no page number on first page)
❑ Chapters: Each new chapter should start on its own page, one-third of the way down the page. Chapter number and title should be in all caps, separated by two hyphens (CHAPTER 1—CHAPTER TITLE). Start the body of each chapter four to six lines below the chapter title.
❑ Indentation: fives spaces for each new paragraph
❑ Justification: Left justified with no extra lines between paragraphs

Do you work with novels or novellas?

I accept all fiction in need of proofreading. Fiction editing projects are accepted on a case-by-case basis. If I cannot take on your project, I will offer a list of other qualified editors from among whom you might choose.

What types of materials do you absolutely not accept?

I do not accept erotica, gay, zombie or hate-based projects.

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