Frequently Asked Questions

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What are your editorial rates?
      My editorial rates are based on professional standard rates. To see what Editors Canada says about Canadian rates, click here.
      To become familiar with professional editorial standard rates, check out these sites: US rates ($), Irish rates (€) and UK rates (£).
      I am highly educated and skilled, as well as competitively priced. The easiest thing to do is contact me for a free quote on your project. At the very least, you'll be satisfied that you did your due diligence to spend your money wisely. You'll also be more familiar with the editorial process, and thereby one step closer to publishing.

I found someone who charges less. Can you match their rates?
      No. Editing is not a commodity; editing is a service that relies on an editor's education, experience and skill, all of which require significant investment. Please contact me to discuss your circumstances and for a free custom quote.
      When searching for an editor, you will find editorial services at a variety of price points, with many factors that determine an editor's rates. It pays to do your research (see the Editorial Freelancers Association's table of rates ($) for an example of standard rates).
      Keep in mind that in an unregulated freelance market, you're likely to get what you pay for.

What is included in your fee?
      Before we begin work on your manuscript, we will establish a contract with a set pricing structure that covers your desired editorial services. If your project requires rush work, an additional rush fee will be discussed up front.
      I advocate professional transparency. Unanticipated expenses (e.g., mail courier, printing, etc.) will be discussed with you immediately and, in all possible cases, receive your sign-off before charges are incurred.


Do I have to sign a contract?
      It is in our mutual interest to establish a contract prior to working together. This protects your manuscript and investment, as well as my right to be paid for my services.
      Along with the contract, I will also provide an initial quote for my services. I base this quote on my review of a sample of your project (approximately 10 to 20 pages), provisionally assuming that the sample is a fair representation of the writing quality of the whole project.

Do we have to have a phone call, or can I just email you?
      If you are uncomfortable using the phone, I understand. We can work together via email.
      Using the contact page, provide your email address and say that you'd prefer to work via email. I will contact you via email with instructions for our next steps.

How long will it take you to edit my manuscript?
      Your manuscript deserves my complete and undivided attention, and I promise to give it that. If you're trying to determine scheduling for the completion of your manuscript, it's best to contact me.
      As a freelancer, I schedule multiple projects as efficiently as possible, which is why it is so important that we agree on a project schedule at the outset. You and I will work out a project schedule as soon as I know the scope of your project.
      I will do everything I can to help you meet personal or professional deadlines, and we will discuss these deadlines during our initial call. If I am unable to meet your mandatory deadlines, I will work to connect you with another qualified editor within my trusted network.
      Contact me, and let's figure it out!


Do you edit electronically or with pen and paper?
      I edit both electronically (on screen) and hard copy (pen and paper).
      If you would like to work with hard copy, I am happy to oblige. Please note that expenses associated with hard copy services (such as mailing, copying and printing costs) will be invoiced.

What software do you work with?
      I work with Microsoft Word, Pages, Adobe InDesign and Scrivener. If you are working on a platform that is not in this list, I am likely able to accommodate your request. Please contact me. I'd be happy to discuss this with you.

What file format will my final manuscript be in?
      At the outset of your project, we should discuss the preferred format of your final files. I can accommodate numerous formats, including Microsoft Word, Pages, PDF and more, depending on your publishing platform.

Will I be able to edit the files after you return them?
      I strongly caution you to avoid editing any manuscript that has passed through a copy edit or proofreading edit. It is far too easy to introduce new errors into your final copy, even if you are being very, very careful.
      As a matter of course, I do not lock a client's final files to prevent further revision. This decision will be completely up to you, but again, I strongly advise against amending final copy.

What types of payment do you accept?
      I accept eTransfer, money order and cheque.

Help! I lost our project files.
      I keep all client files for 7 years after the termination of our project contract. In any case, please contact me. It's always worth it to double check.