What genres can you edit?
Fiction follows common themes, patterns, and structure, with some differences in terms of style, approach, tropes etc. I understand stories and novels, so I can edit any genre of book. However, I am extremely well-versed in fantasy, from urban to epic and back again. Here is a non-exhaustive list of genres I'm happy to edit:
- YA and NA
- Women's Fiction
- Magical Realism
I'm also happy to edit non-fiction.
Is there anything you won't edit?
I'll pretty much edit anything except extreme horror or books glorifying sadistic behaviour. I'm not interested in editing books that are clearly prejudiced against people of certain classes, races, sexual orientation etc. That's not to say you can't have immoral characters. I think most sensible people understand where the line is.
What's your availability?
I work on a first-come, first-served basis. This means I am usually booked out several months in advance, so it's a good idea to contact me as soon as you have a date in mind. Try to be as accurate as possible about this because it's not fun having to turn clients away only to discover that the person who has booked the slot is nowhere near ready for editing. Leave yourself extra time if in doubt. I charge a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the expected project fee because I often have to turn work away when I have lots of people booked in, and sadly many clients have messed me around, which has a big impact on my business.
Do you offer sample edits?
Yes, up to 1000 words for new clients. I do charge a small fee (£20) for sample edits, but this is taken off the overall fee if you choose to go ahead. Email in a separate document.
How much do you charge?
My rates are below the recommended amount according to the professional body I belong to so that I can help as many people as possible while also being fair to myself. All my prices and services are detailed in Services/Pricing. Each type of service comes with a different price based on the amount of work required on my part.
Contact me for a bespoke quote on your manuscript and I'll assess it for you. Once I give you a quote, it won't increase during the editing process itself – some editors do that, which I find unprofessional and dishonest. I also won't pressure you to pay before our agreed dates (believe it or not, that's happened to me before!).
How do I know I'm ready for editing?
You'll get the most out of your editing package if your book is as polished as you can make it. A first draft is NOT ready for a professional edit. You should at least go through the document yourself looking for problems to fix and basic errors. Ideally, you would have given it to a trusted reader to get some feedback too. When you feel you can do no more yourself, that's when to hire an editor. I will look at your story with fresh eyes and objectivity. The cleaner the manuscript, the more potential hidden issues I can spot and correct.
What software do you use to edit?
I use Word or Pages Tracked Changes, or Google Docs if required. Send your work in the format you prefer, ideally in a simple font with 1.5 line spacing and no spacing between paragraphs (just indents).
How long will it take to edit my book?
For an average sized novel, it will take 2-3 weeks depending on the type of editing involved. I will endeavor to return your book the moment it's finished. When we discuss your bespoke edit, I will let you know the expected return date based on your individual needs and deadlines.