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 may also consult with a freelance editor to discuss questions about the publishing industry, career strategy, agents, and publishers, or for general advice, guidance, and ongoing support throughout the writing and publishing process.
Authors who have completed an early draft can find a critique helpful as they begin revising and targeting specific plot points, characters, or other areas to further develop or strengthen. Detailed edits and line edits are typically the most helpful after authors have revised their complete manuscript as much as possible on their 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 address feedback they have received from agents and publishers.
Can you guarantee that I’ll get an agent or a book deal?
I would love to guarantee that every book I work on would immediately find an agent, get a book deal, and become a 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 years of 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 $125/hour; rush fees are available in some cases. Consultation and coaching services are offered at a minimum of 4 hours 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 ACH bank transfer or 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 accordingly.
Do you offer copyediting or proofreading services?
My editorial letters and line edits are developmental in nature (focusing on areas such as plot, pacing, character development, and dialogue). I do not offer copyediting or proofreading services (focusing on areas such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style). My line edits may include comments on word choice or sentence structure for clarity or repetition — such as if a phrase doesn’t seem to be the best fit for a character’s voice or if several sentences open in the same way — but I do not focus on grammar or style rules.
Are there any projects that aren’t right for you?
I love working on a wide variety of manuscripts, from contemporary romance and historical fiction to fantasy and mystery. However, I’m not the best editor for horror (though I love thrillers and psychological suspense), novels in verse, or nonfiction.
Do you provide referrals to publishers and literary agents?
While I can share general resources about the publishing industry and the querying process, I do not provide referrals to publishers or literary agents.
Who designed your logo?
Genius Liz Casal Goodhue designed the logos on this website as well as Your Editor Friend. You may have already seen Liz’s design and illustration work on the covers of some of your favorite books. Thanks, Liz!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Authors of some of my favorite books, old and new (excluding authors I’ve worked with, of course):
- Naomi Alderman
- Margaret Atwood
- Jane Austen
- Kristin Cashore
- Louise Erdrich
- Tana French
- Gillian Flynn
- Lev Grossman
- Jasmine Guillory
- Kristin Hannah
- Shannon Hale
- Alix E. Harrow
- Erika Johansen
- Kevin Kwan
- Madeleine L’Engle
- M.G. Leonard
- Lois Lowry
- Casey McQuiston
- Madeline Miller
- L.M. Montgomery
- Erin Morgenstern
- Celeste Ng
- Phillip Pullman
- Matthew Quick
- Rainbow Rowell
- Lisa See
- Elizabeth George Speare
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Ruth Ware
- Colson Whitehead