Frequently Asked Questions
1. I’VE NEVER WORKED WITH AN EDITOR. HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Usually, people send me a sample of their writing, tell me their goals, and give me a timeline. While I typically communicate with clients by email, sometimes people prefer to talk about the project over Skype before the editing begins or to consult during the process. After getting a better sense of your project, I provide an estimate of both cost and my turn-around time. If that meets with your approval, then I reserve time in my calendar for you. I then complete the edits, usually using MSWord ‘track changes’, and send the edits back to you. Once you have looked them over, I send you an invoice and you send me the payment. Easy!
2. HOW FAST CAN YOU EDIT?
Different types of editing take different amounts of time: a complex but short email or letter may take 30 minutes; six pages of fairly clean academic writing may take an hour. If you send me a sample of your text, I can provide you with a tailored estimate. If you are in a rush, let me know, and I’ll find a way to make sure you get what you need, when you need it.
3. HOW DO YOU CALCULATE YOUR FEE?
Usually, I charge by the hour for my time, though we can negotiate a flat fee if that is your preference. Once I learn the type of editing you want and the amount of work your document needs, I can provide you an estimate of the cost.
4. HOW DO I PAY YOU?
I prefer to use a service called TransferWise whenever possible, as it charges fewer fees than banks and PayPal. I also accept credit cards, money orders, and checks from US bank accounts.
5. DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
No. Clients pay me either in monthly installments or at the end of the project.