What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to discuss the customer's goals first. Each customer has their own individual needs and goals, and I am here to help them reach their highest potential. Once we know what we are aiming for, we will talk about the specific project: What is the central message or idea? Who do you want to reach and influence with your book? Are there any areas of the book that particularly concern you, and why? Are there any problem areas you've already identified that you want me to note?
Answering these questions will get us off to a solid start. From there we can determine what type of edit the customer needs to help them achieve their goals.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a four-year degree in paralegal studies with a minor in communication from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I graduated summa cum laude and worked in the legal field for over nine years before beginning to edit professionally. I am well read and stay current in the editing and publishing industry through online classes, professional conferences, and industry publications. I also served as a faculty member for PENCON 2015, the only Christian editors' conference in the nation.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Descriptions of the following services can be found at my business website.
Critique/$0.01 per word
Proofread/$0.007 per word
Line-By-Line Copyedit/$0.045 per word
Content Edit (Substantive/Structural Edit)/$0.045 per word
Developmental Edit/Varies based on project
Index/$0.05 per word
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Reading has always been a passion of mine; but when I discovered editing, a new light shone in my soul. I began editing for the pleasure of it at no cost. Then due to life circumstances, it became necessary for me to move to a home-based career. I decided to pursue editing to that end. Once I made that decision, I began to meet with other professionals who were currently working in this field. I found an excellent and reputable professional organization to join online and began taking online classes specific to editing fiction and memoir. I invested in industry-standard tools and, once my experience and education were sufficient, began editing as my full-time job.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with new authors as well as previously published authors. Some of them were just getting started on their writing journey and needed focused instruction on honing their writing techniques. Some of them were accomplished writers and needed a copy-edit or a proofread.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently did a combined critique and substantive edit of a sci-fi novel of approximately 50,000 words. I enjoy almost anything sci-fi, so this project was a lot of fun. It took approximately forty hours, or about two and half weeks.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Discuss your vision for the project with any potential editor. You need to feel like they care about your goals and will be a team player to help you meet them.
Make sure they use the industry standard tools: The Chicago Manual of Style, The Christian Writer's Manual of Style, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th Ed.).
You should also consider asking for a sample edit. It is important your editor can help you improve your work while preserving your voice and message. A sample edit should give you a good idea of whether they will be a good fit for your needs.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What kind of book do you intend this to be?
What is your ultimate goal for this book?
What is the central message of the book?
Who do you want to reach and influence with your book?
Do you want to self-publish or go the traditional route?
Are there any areas of the book that particularly concern you, and why?
Are there any problem areas you've already identified that you want me to note?