Editing FAQ


Why do I need an editor?

Everyone who writes words to be read by other people needs an editor. 


Even me.

Whether you are writing a book you want to self-publish, content for your website, blog posts, marketing copy, proposals, press releases, annual reports, newsletters, presentations, or even your resume or LinkedIn profile, you should have it reviewed by a professional editor. No, not your English-major friend who always corrects your grammar on Facebook. A professional editor.

Don't sell yourself or your project short by thinking, Oh, it just needs a quick proofread. It deserves to be analyzed, developed, strengthened, and polished so it's the very best it can be — so your message is perfectly clear and suited to your desired audience.

Why should I hire a professional editor?

Editors are trained to notice not just foibles of grammar and spelling, but also missteps in logic and gaps in flow, storytelling, and continuity. By hiring a professional editor, you get a fresh set of objective eyes on your project, eyes specifically focused on helping your message powerfully reach its intended audience.

Trained editors are adaptable. Though we may have areas we specialize in, we can usually take on just about any kind of project or subject matter. Because we are trained and experienced in reading and evaluating through the eyes of an audience (or readership), we can intercept things like jargon and overly technical language, and help you put it into words that your readers will find easy to understand.

A good editor is candid but kind. Don’t imagine a stern, grey-bunned lady in a terrible dress and bifocals, wielding her red pen like a buccaneer and bleeding ink all over your hard work. Kind, constructive criticism is just part of what we do.

Lastly, there are those little matters of saving you time and money (after-the-fact changes and corrections waste both) and helping you look as smart as you really are (or smarter, if you prefer).

Why should I hire a freelance editor?

With me, you’ll get personalized service and super-quick response times to help your project build and keep momentum until it’s done.

My business is not a lumbering, faceless, expensive machine; it’s just me — and the other friendly editors I subcontract (or subcontract to). You’ll know who you’re dealing with, and I’ll be giving you specialized service that drills down to exactly what you really need.

Plus, my rates, processes, and scheduling are all customizable to fit your needs.

What kind of editing does my project need?

There are several different levels of editing, as the Editors’ Association of Canada explains. I can help you determine what your project needs.

If you’re writing a larger project (say a self-published book), hire an editor as early as possible in the process (right now if you haven’t yet!), so you can get professional help developing and organizing your project. Getting your project all the way to where you think it’s finished and handing it off to a copyeditor for “a quick polish” can end in relationship-killing frustration for both parties. (Trust me.)

As I said before, your project deserves to be analyzed by at least one professional editor so that it becomes the very best it can be. Don’t sell yourself and your work short.

Please note that I do not take on substantive or copy editing contracts for books that have not yet been evaluated by a developmental editor. Yes, I can recommend a great developmental editor!

What are your rates like?

Based on the preference of most of my clients, I typically work on fixed price/lump sum contracts; however, I am willing to consider an hourly contract if the situation calls for it.

Rates vary based on:

  • The type of project
  • How long and complex it is
  • Its subject matter
  • The level of editing required
  • The current state of the copy
  • How quickly you want it turned around
  • The rest of my workload at the time

I want to help you get your project finished beautifully, on time, and within your budget, so my focus is on honesty and transparency in rate negotiation, and I hope you will be honest and transparent with me as well. Shoot me a note to discuss further.

How does your estimating process work?

There are a few steps we’ll need to work through before we get going on your project. Generally, they look like this:

  1. I’ll take a look at your project (or a good-sized chunk of it).
  2. I’ll send you a quote.
  3. We’ll decide on rate, payment terms, schedule, and so forth.
  4. I’ll send you a contract to look over and agree to.
  5. You’ll send me all the files I’ll need.
  6. We’ll get to work!

Just so you know, throughout the project, I always contact you if it looks like things will take longer than projected so you can decide how you want to proceed.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Ask away!