What is your education and experience?
I originally studied editing, along with architecture, at Washington State University. Then, last year, went back and got a Certificate of Editing to make sure my skills were up-to-date.
What previous projects have you worked on?
I have worked on novels, video games, children's books, player's guides, online manuals, and TV scripts. I can provide a partial list of these projects on request.
How do you charge?
I start out by charging by the page which results in giving the client an exact price that I can do the project for.
What do you mean by a "page"?
The industry standard for a page of text is 250 words.
What if I can't afford all the editing all at once?
I just charge about 25% up front. The rest isn't due until completion and can be spaced out, if needed.
I accept PayPal or a check.
What format do you want the manuscript in?
Preferably in a Word document.
How long will the editing take to complete?
For a copyedit of a full-length manuscript, it will take 2-4 weeks.
Will the manuscript be error-free?
This is virtually impossible, but I will get it as close as I can.
Will the manuscript be shared with anyone?
I will not share your manuscript with anyone without the author's permission.
Do you make a style sheet? Do I get a copy?
I usually do. This can be provided to the author upon request, as long as they ask for it beforehand.
What is a style sheet?
It includes key words and phrases to help with spelling, hyphenation, etc. It may also include details about the characters or plot.