Why should I hire you to edit my business or nonfiction material?
I love editing. (Not too many people can actually say that!) I have bolstered this passion with an extensive formal training that includes a Master of Applied Science in information and communications technology, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Bachelor of Science in technical communication. I also proactively seek continuing education opportunities that help me stay on top of new developments in my field. In addition, I have ten years of experience writing and editing in a variety of industries, which allows me to bring a diverse perspective to your unique subject matter.
Can you explain the different types of editing that you offer?
I offer three types of editing: copyediting, substantive editing, and proofreading.
Copyediting identifies grammar issues, punctuation errors, and other concerns such as awkward phrasing and inconsistent language. Copyediting may include minor rephrasing or light rewriting.
Substantive editing (also called content or line editing) is similar to copyediting but delves more deeply into issues of clarity and style. Substantive editing can involve moderate rephrasing at the sentence level or complete rewriting of entire paragraphs, sections, or chapters.
Proofreading finds basic grammatical errors, typos, and formatting issues in finished documents. Proofreading is the last round of editing before publication.
Most projects don’t need all three forms of editing. Once we have a chance to discuss your unique situation, we can work together to create an editing package that meets your requirements, schedule, and budget. Contact me.
What is your timeline for editing a document?
Some documents have straightforward editing requirements, while others need a multifaceted approach that may require more than one round of editing; therefore, I avoid one-size-fits-all timelines. Instead, I will discuss the length and depth of your project with you, review your document or sample, and then offer a customized timeline based on your needs. Please contact me today to talk about your project!
How do you calculate your editing rates?
I typically calculate a per-word rate based on the complexity of the project. Per-hour and flat-rate editing arrangements are available in certain circumstances. After we chat about your individual requirements, I will gladly provide a written quote. So, let’s open the discussion! Contact me.
Why don’t you edit fiction?
I love to read fiction (Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry is my all-time favorite novel); however, my professional focus is on business writing, technical documentation, nonfiction, and academic research. If you are a fiction writer, I strongly suggest using the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Member Directory to find a professional specializing in your genre.