Revisions by Rachel, LLC

Owasso, OK

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About this pro

Rachel E. Newman is a freelance editor, indexer, and certified paralegal. She accepts fiction (including fantasy, sci-fi, and courtroom drama), nonfiction, and memoir.

Rachel is passionate about preserving your voice and helping you achieve your goals.

Location

Owasso, OK 74055

Years in business

2

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

15 Reviews
  • J.H. C. Jun 26, 2017
    She was amazing! She not only helped with my editing but generally improved my novel over all! When my second book is completed she will be defiantly hearing from me again! 5 stars!!
  • Lorenza B. May 11, 2016
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Excellent editing and quick turnaround! Rachel totally captured the essence of my book. She is a true professional. She inserted recommendations, and provided clear explanations for suggested changes. The best editing service I have used. I am impressed with Rachel’s work, and absolutely recommend her editing services.
  • Donny W. Apr 18, 2016
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Truly excellent work! Rachel is the best I've worked with. I would highly recommend Rachel for all your writing, editing and proofreading.
  • Aki A. Apr 14, 2016
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Rachel is a very good listner and edited for us perfectly!
  • Emily P. Jan 26, 2016
    Over the course of a year, Rachel worked as my legal assistant and edited everything I filed with the courts. I consider myself strong in editing--I've taught high school courses on writing and worked as a teaching assistant in a postgraduate writing program. But Rachel could almost always catch something, whether a proofing issue or an awkward turn of phrase. She proved time and again that there's no substitute for having a careful, objective set of eyes looking over your work, even when you think there's nothing left to change. One of the most careful readers I have ever met. Highly recommended!
  • Bridget R. Dec 30, 2015
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Very responsive, professional. Took the time to explain her edits and asked questions for clarification as needed. Turn around time was great!
  • Zach A. Dec 14, 2015
    I was working on my college applications and decided to have Rachel look over my essays. She did a great job of correcting my grammar, and she only made suggestions about the content which allowed me to keep my voice in my essays. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone who needs help with editing and revising their literature.
  • Charley S. Dec 10, 2015
    Rachel has been an invaluable asset in improving the readability of my philosophical articles and helped them be connectable to a larger audience. Her editing skills bear an undeniable quality and she performs her craft with an impartial presence. I would recommend her to any writer.
  • Bo B. Dec 8, 2015
    Rachel Newman offers valuable insight into ways to improve the stories I write. She is skilled at critical thinking, breaking the story down, highlighting issues that should be corrected. She makes herself available to answer any questions for clarification. She does a good job managing her time. In turn, this helps me manage my time as a writer/author. I definitely recommend her services.
  • Kyungmin L. Nov 30, 2015
    Editing
    Verified Review
    Rachel was thorough in her edits. She performed copy-edit service for me very quickly and I am pleased with the result. I will definitely recommend her for anyone who needs their document proofread.
  • Keri G. Nov 14, 2015
    Rachel always goes above and beyond. Someone with so much passion, dedication and drive is very rare. She really enjoys what she does and you can see it in her work. I would recommend her a million times over.
  • Sundijo G. Nov 13, 2015
    Rachel has gone above and beyond in helping me edit my latest book. Not only has she walked through the hard process of writing such a vulnerable book, she has encouraged me and prayed for me through it, and continues to do so. I highly recommend!
  • Ambrosia E. Nov 13, 2015
    Rachel is truly amazing at what she does. I thought my proofreading skills were great...until she'd give one of my projects a second set of eyes. The talent that stands out most in my mind, in addition to her attention to spelling, formatting, and grammar, is her keen eye for punctuation mistakes. It's amazing how much a tiny symbol can change the entire structure of a piece of work, but it can, and she'll spot it. I'd definitely recommend Rachel to anyone needing proofreading or editing work done.
  • Steve B. Nov 13, 2015
    I needed help with a complex, lengthy legal document. Rachel helped me make it perfect!! She does excellent work.
  • Daryl S. Nov 11, 2015
    I have found Rachel's feedback to be absolutely essential as I continue to hone my latest project. She has helped me as a writer connect with my story so that I can more clearly share it with the audience. I cannot offer strong enough praise for her professionalism and depth of knowledge. Rachel consistently delivers spectacular analysis and editing with a cooperative attitude centered on my needs as a writer. I have recommended her to friends and colleagues and would not think twice about using her services on future projects.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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
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.
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?