Berryman Editing Services
About this pro
With a bachelor's in Creative Writing and English, an associate in journalism, and experience as both a journalist and an editor, I offer knowledge in many different voices and styles of writing. I don't seek to refine a work into academic material. I understand the quality of a writer's voice, and that's what I choose to refine. My knowledge of grammar, syntax, and dialect, as well as my usage of Chicago Manual of Style, allow me to properly make the necessary changes to any manuscript to prepare it for publication. I take pride in my work, but I take more pride in what my clients learn from me, and from what I learn from them. In a constantly changing industry, learning is essential for both the writer and editor. I offer services specific to this area because I strongly believe in helping novice writers and even experienced writers where they need it. My experience as an editor has given me the knowledge and respect of a writer willing to learn, and while I will do my job to the expectations of every client, I hope my clients can say that I've done even more.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Copyediting — .008 per word Content (Line) Editing — .01 per word Developmental Editing — $25 per hour (approx. 1-4 pages per hour) Red Pen Consultation — $200 (less if it's added on to the copyediting or content editing services. This is included automatically in the developmental service, and it is not included in the price. It's complementary.)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?After a writer fills out the editing form on my website, including the ten-page attachment requested on the form, I provide a proposal listing every service I offer with respective prices customized to their manuscript. I send this with the edited sample and remain available to answer any questions the writer may have. If the writer accepts the proposal and the provided start date, I require fifty percent of the total amount due prior to starting. I don't require the remaining amount until I complete my editing, but I will not return the manuscript until the entire bill is paid.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a bachelor's in creative writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as an associate in journalism from Del Mar College. I was a copyeditor for the Del Mar College Foghorn and for Journal Media Group (Gannett) prior to a merging of companies. I earned a certificate as a copywriter from AWAI, and I've been a freelance editor since 2014.