step one

Contact me through email if you are considering my services. Tell me about your book, novella, or short story. Include the title, genre, a summary, how many pages/words, and any additional information. If you are writing under a pseudonym, please tell me.

It also helps immensely if you tell me what to look for. If you know that you always make certain mistakes, such as comma splices or saying “my friend and me” instead of “my friend and I,” please let me know so I can keep an eye out for those. This will increase my chances of catching the mistakes. On the other hand, if you are knowingly going against grammar or style guides, and you have good reason to do so, please let me know which things I should ignore when editing. This will save a lot of time.

Attach a sample of your work (the first chapter or the first ~1500 words) to your email and I will edit it for free so you can see how I think and work. This will determine how well we can work together. Be sure to mention which type of service you are looking for, and what date you would prefer to have it done by (it is better to be flexible in case I have a busy schedule).

Please see the Submission Requirements page for an example of what your email should look like.

step two

If I believe I can help you, I will send back my revisions and a price quote, as well as a time estimate. If I can’t meet your deadline, or if there is some other problem, I will likely recommend you to a different editor and wish you best of luck. If you agree to work with me, I will draw up a contract with the information you provide me and send it to you to sign. I will also send the initial invoice at this time. (See Pricing.)

step three

Sign the contract that I send you. It is easiest to use eSignatures and I will provide you with a (free) website to use. Once that is done, you may make the initial payment.

Now we can begin. Send me your full work along with the signed contract.

step four

Once you send me your complete manuscript, I will read it through at least three times in order to edit it to the best of my ability. This may take longer, but it is better to be thorough.

I will read it twice at first, and then I will send it back to you so you can look over my changes. A few changes I may leave up to you, but if I still disagree, I will point it out in the final revision. Please note that after I send back my initial revisions, you may ask any questions about my edits before sending me your revised version.

Please note: When you send me the manuscript to edit, I now have the working copy. Please refrain from making changes to the original document. This will make it very difficult to synthesize with the edited document I send back to you. It is best to just set aside your work so you can return to it with fresh eyes once I send you the edits. If you absolutely cannot help but make changes, put them in a separate document. You may send this to me along with your revised version (after I send you the edited version). I will look over both your revisions and the new content before sending you the final versions.

step five

Once you have revised it, you may send it back to me for a final check. I will read it through a third time. Once I have checked through it and made sure that there are no undecided edit suggestions remaining, I will send you the final version. I will also send you the final invoice at this time. You have seven days to make the payment. Once you complete this step, the project is finished!

This process may take up to a couple months (or more) depending on the amount of changes we decide to make. Again, it is best to schedule these projects very much in advance of any deadlines you may have.

my promise

No one can edit a document to perfection, but I am sure that I can help you improve your work. I promise to do everything I can to make sure the work you give me is ready for publishing. I won’t hold back (constructive) criticism. I know what to look for, and I know what other readers will be looking for. I also know which things they won’t want to see.

I won’t be able to make your writing 100% perfect, nor will I guarantee that your story will get 5 stars out of 5 every time. I’m just one person. The more editors you get to read your work, the better chance you have of making it the best it can be. But I will do my best. I will try to make your story as appealing to readers as possible without taking away what makes it your story. I am here to help.

If you’re ready to begin, please have a look at the submission requirements.