Fresh Ink Consulting

Austin, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I offer outstanding proofreading, editing, and writing services to a wide variety of clients, including novelists, academics, tech entrepreneurs, nonprofits, ad firms, and small business owners. A former copyeditor for newspapers and magazines, I offer precise and thorough feedback, and I excel at working under deadlines. Do you need help with a writing project? I can edit your existing written materials or draft engaging new content – just message me about your latest project, and we can begin discussing the details.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love helping my clients hone their written work to reach their personal and business goals. It's deeply satisfying for me to see written work that I've collaborated on make a significant difference to my clients – whether that means they've landed a new contract or won a grant or published a debut book.

Location

Austin, TX 78704

Background check

Complete

Years in business

2

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Donna K. Apr 8, 2017
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Professional Editor, Jaime deBlanc-Knowles
    Jaime has not finished the project as of this post. Thus far, she is professional, helpful, offers ideas and is straightforward, I have no complaints; actually, I am pleased with what I have experienced the past two days since the hire. I would willingly recommend her to others.
  • Philippa A. Mar 23, 2017
    Reading and Writing Tutoring
    Verified Review
    Amazingly helpful!
    I hired Jaime to be my writing coach as I work through writing a book. I sent a monthly goal and send in my work by each deadline, then she sends me in-depth, written feedback. Jaime has been extremely encouraging and helpful. She's provided useful feedback so far and it really helps to have someone who can hold me accountable to my work, while also understanding the goals I am trying to accomplish. I highly recommend her services and am excited to keep moving forward.
  • Lucy M. Feb 25, 2017
    Editing
    Verified Review
    First draft
    Jaime edited the first draft of my first book, which had unbelievable amounts of grammatical errors and tangled content. She is amazing, logical thorough and bright.
  • Mark B. Jan 18, 2017
    Writing Services
    Verified Review
    Master of the written word
    We've had a great experience with Jaime. Very professional, accurate and always on deadline. She has helped us enormously!
  • Kelly R. Jan 9, 2017
    The best editor I know
    I'm a fiction writer, and Jaime has helped me edit multiple drafts of stories and full-length manuscripts. She is an unparalleled editor; she has an eye for mechanical and sentence-level errors but can simultaneously give big-picture developmental advice. She's smart, meticulous, creative, and thoughtful. Some of the most insightful and encouraging feedback I've ever received has come from Jaime. She's the first person to whom I'll send my next project!
  • Ashleigh P. Jan 2, 2017
    Simply the best!
    Jaime has edited multiple documents and writing projects of mine, from cover letters to artist-in-residency applications to my current novel. She is professional, timely, and thorough. Jaime is the only editor I fully trust to copyedit my work with precision. She is also an outstanding writing coach, providing encouragement, insight, and suggestions exactly when I need it most.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Prices vary depending on the project, but I generally charge $50/hr for editing and writing projects.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically have an introductory meeting/phone conversation with a new client in which we discuss their project, goals, and editing/writing needs. Once we're in sync about the project, I'll typically take on an initial job (for example, editing the first two chapters of a novel or creating 2–3 blog posts). This allows the client to see a sample of my work and to evaluate whether we're a good fit before committing to the larger project (say, editing an entire novel or writing a series of blog posts for a website).
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I earned a B.A. in English from Tulane University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at Austin. I've edited for two literary journals, one newspaper, and one nationally distributed magazine. I've also assisted authors in a variety of genres in the development, writing, and editing of their books.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I got my first gig as a literary journal editor in college, and I became an editorial assistant for an environmental magazine straight after graduation.That began my love affair with editing, and I've been working with the English language in some capacity ever since, whether I've been fact-checking for The Austin Chronicle, teaching creative writing to college students, or writing articles on fraud investigation.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with small business owners, grant writers, humanitarian agencies, advertising firms, novelists, academics, and news writers.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm currently editing an instructional guide for an international charity that runs workshops on healing war-torn communities. It's an inspiring and important project, and I'm proud to help the charity extend its reach and influence through the publication of the guide. The project has taken about two weeks and will go through one more round of edits before publication.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check credentials, read reviews, and look at the quality of communication from your prospective editor. Does this person seem prompt, efficient, and knowledgable? Can they answer your questions or concerns about your project? Most importantly, do they feel like a good fit, personally, for you? All editing projects are collaborative works, so you want to gain a sense that this editor "gets" you, fully understands the project parameters, and is a pleasure to work with.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The nuts and bolts: What is the project? When do you need it completed by? What's your budget? But on top of all that: What are your goals for this project and how can this editor best help you achieve them?