FAQ

Q: What types of manuscripts do you edit?

A: I specialize in academic papers*, fiction and nonfiction books, Christian manuscripts, and social sciences manuscripts. I also edit articles, reports, grant proposals, materials for nonprofit agencies, sermons and blogs. If you do not see your genre here just ask me; I will let you know if I would be a good fit for your manuscript.

*Academic papers include: basic essays, speeches and presentations, term papers, research papers, admissions essays, scholarship applications, theses and dissertations.

 

Q: Are there manuscripts you do not edit?

A: I do not edit manuscripts with heavy sexual content. I also do not do rewriting or ghostwriting for student papers − but I do provide proofreading and copyediting services for them. If I do not think I would be a good fit for your work for any other reason I will let you know right away.

 

Q: What tools of the trade do you use?

A: The Chicago Manual of Style is my main style guide. If you have a specific style or other resource preference please let me know. The resources listed below are my primary ones.

  • The Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition
  • MLA Hanbook of Style, Seventh Edition
  • APA Publication Manual, Sixth Edition
  • The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, Second Edition
  • Words Into Type, Third Edition
  • The AP Stylebook 2012
  • The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition
  • Garner’s Modern American Usage, Third Edition
  • The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus, Second Edition
  • The Synonym Finder, by J.I. Rodale

I also use Track Changes in Microsoft Word. You will see all of the changes I make to your manuscript and can accept or reject them. This gives you editing transparency and complete control over your manuscript.

 

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: I accept PayPal. Payment is due in advance.

 

Q: How do you communicate with clients?

 A: I communicate with clients mostly by email. The reason for this is to protect my time and attention for the editing. Editing is intensive work requiring long periods of concentration. I want to be able to give my best attention to your manuscript.

 

Q: Do you offer a free sample edit?

A: Choosing an editor for your manuscript is not easy. You want to be sure to choose someone who ‘gets your voice’ as well as someone who does a thorough and professional job. I will do an editing sample of up to four pages (250 words per page) for books or ongoing projects. I will also do an editing sample of two pages (250 words per page) for theses and dissertations. I want you to be comfortable working with me.

Final say in agreeing to the editorial changes remains with the author. However, I reserve the right to agree to or deny an editorial byline in all works.

If you have questions which are not answered here please do contact me with them.


“Writing is my own personal therapy. It’s cheaper
than a real shrink
and I get to kill people off when I grow bored of them.”
― Jack Tate

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