The Hand Maiden - Editor/Proofreader & Motivational Speaker
Super easy to work with, experienced and on budget as planned. Will be using you again in the near future for another project. Thanks!Nov 12, 2016Verified
It was an editing job for a cookbook . She quoted me a price which was reasonable to me so I hired her . She said that ,that quote was a project unseen . I asked to tell me what she thought when I sent it to her and she did not say to me that it would cost for the whole thing finished triple the price she quoted me . It was taking her a very long time to do the work and always stalling because she had to do certain things . Finally she said I have 150 pages done . So pay me the balance and I will send it to you in my mind 1/2 of the book was done because I have appro. 350 recipes . I paid for it and she sends me 83 pages done . The rest were pictures that there was no editing done on it . She told me that she worked 45 hours on the work that she had done . Which came back with spelling mistakes . The editing was ok but to tell me that she worked 45 hours on what she did , either she is lieing or she works very slow . She puts in maybe 2-3 hrs a day if she feels like it . It is not her full time job just something she does on the side . I have stopped working with her because I feel that she should have looked at the project before she started when I sent it to her , looked it over and she should have told me how long it was going to take and that at the end of it all it would cost triple than what she quoted before she even started . To me that is being very dishonest and I don't like that . When she sent me 83 pages edited and I'm saying approx. one paragraph per page for the recipes . When she said that she was sending 150 and I only received 83 edited I was extremely disapointed and then told me that she would charge me approx an additional $3,000 to do the rest . I was extremely upset . She should have told me this in the beginning when we started I would have never given her the job .Apr 25, 2016VerifiedKathleen K.'s reply
Ms. Berger – In the contract for services you and I entered into, it was clearly stated that the initial editing I would perform was limited to 35 hours of my time; you agreed. What you represented to me about the then-edited state of your manuscript was that "it might need only light editing on 1-2 sentences per page." From your representations I provided you with an initial estimate of time for the commencement and initial editing of the subject work. When your cookbook/manuscript arrived, it consisted of approximately 260 recipes and 1,000 photos within your 409 pages. Upon reviewing the state of your manuscript, it was blatantly obvious that your representations to me -- that there were only “1-2 sentences per page” that “may need editing” -- could not have been further from the truth. The state of editing of your manuscript needed serious and significant work well beyond the contracted 35 hours, before you would have any reasonable chance of presenting it to a publisher, which was your stated goal. You and I discussed many issues within a week or so of me beginning work on your manuscript. You and I were still operating under the agreed-upon 35 hours of initial editing time when I told you your manuscript would take more hours of editing to be presentable to a publisher at that time. Shortly after beginning, you made several significant changes from the original scope of work that you contracted me to do, which caused more of the 35 contract hours to be expended. As you are aware, I preformed 45.25 hours on the initial editing portion of your project, and consistent with our agreement, I only billed you for our agreed-upon 35-hour figure. Additionally, I edited significant consistent errors all of the way through the 260 recipes, which I made you aware of and is why the hours incurred were 45.25, not just 35. Even with that initial editing portion of the project being done under the original 35-hour estimate, no matter what Editor you may decide to contract with in the future, hopefully you realize that the time and services of a professional editor, just like any other professional, many times take longer and involve activities not fully realized by a first time author; it’s understandable. Your manuscript needs additional professional services before your project is ready to presented it to a publisher. I wish you the best in your goal to have your manuscript published, Kathleen Kline
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- My pricing system is NOT Complicated. It is easy and straight forward: For Example: Current Rates $2.50 per page For example -- a 200 page Manuscript 200 X 2.50 = $500.00 I require no less than a 50% deposit. Full payment is due prior to me sending the Proofread/Edited/Written document back to you. If you desire me to return your manuscript back to you Chapter by Chapter then I require no less than a 50% deposit before I start looking at your manuscript; ¼ of the remaining balance is due Prior to me sending you your first Chapter back with the remainder of the ¼ balance due to me prior to Chapter Two being sent to the client. I accept PayPal payments. Rush Jobs welcome, but may cost extra. Clean copy jobs are billed at $4.50 per page. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I charge per head of people you are looking to have me address, plus travel expenses. I require no less then a 50% deposit with balance due on that day/night prior to me speaking.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- Typically I find out what they need looked at, the length of the project and then calculate the price. I explain and make sure the client is clear on cost, payment and the time line they need this project returned to them by. I welcome speaking with clients on the phone/in person, getting to know them and their project a little. I await the arrival of their work and the down payment. Then I get to work for them. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I like to chat a few minutes with the client, see what they would like focused on and then, once booked and deposit is received I look foreword to helping them pass on a good message.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?EDITING/PROOFREADING/WRITING -- After adding my formal Mass Communications studies at the University level, I stay tuned up on my craft by being an active member a Writer's Group in my home town and keeping employed as a writer and editor. In addition, in reading other writer's works and seeing the comments of others in our field, whether it is on our own work or on others around us is a great way to learn to "see" what the audience is getting. Furthermore, I continue to write and submit and, I am honored to say, get published. I regularly submit writings for review to the Writing Prompts - Creative Copy Challenge website. MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING -- I took speech training in college and have studied some Grief Sharing subjects as well as learned to inspire and lift others up from my Pastor.