Here's everything you need to know about our processes!

If you’re like me, you’d prefer to have way too much information than not enough. I also know that it’s scary to reach out to a professional for the first time. That’s why I’ve put together this little guide so you know just what to expect.

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Developmental Editing

If you’re curious about the developmental editing process, here’s what you can expect.

When you first get in touch with me, we’ll go through a sample edit which involves me taking a look at the first 2000 words of your manuscript to get an idea of where you’re at. I’ll send you some notes about the sample and you’ll decide if we’re a good fit. At this point, I may recommend you go back and do some more self-editing or look at coaching if your manuscript is not ready. You’ll receive an invoice for half the total of the project when I receive your manuscript.

Assuming we decide to work together, I’ll put together a contract for the project and send you an invoice for a $50 deposit. At this point, we’ll also set a date for your project depending on when you’ll be ready and when I’m available. Often, I’m booking around two months ahead.

You’ll send your manuscript via email in docx/doc format on the Sunday of your booking slot. I’ll get started reading and making notes for the report. This period will likely be two or three weeks depending on the length of your novel. You don’t need to do anything during this period. I’ll send you a quick check-in at the end of the week.

I’ll send your report and manuscript back on a Friday, then give you a couple of days to read through and make any notes (you can take as long as you like with this, but I find that more than a week is usually too much). You’ll also receive your second invoice at this point.

We’ll have a Zoom call (45 minutes) to chat about the report and I’ll answer any questions you have. If you’d prefer to skip this, let me know and I’ll make sure to remove it from your quote before we get started.

While you’re working through your edits, I’ll be available via email for any questions and I’ll send some follow ups to check how you’re going. If you’re working with me for line editing, keep reading!

Line Editing

If you’re curious about the line editing process, here’s what you can expect.

When you first get in touch with me, we’ll go through a sample edit which involves me taking a look at the first 2000 words of your manuscript to get an idea of where you’re at. I’ll send your sample back in a docx/doc format with tracked changes and comments to help you decide if we’re a good fit. At this point, I may recommend you go back and do some more self-editing or look at developmental editing or coaching if your manuscript is not ready.

Assuming we decide to work together, I’ll put together a contract for the project and send you an invoice for a $50 deposit. At this point, we’ll also set a date for your project depending on when you’ll be ready and when I’m available. Often, I’m booking around two months ahead.

You’ll send your manuscript via email in docx/doc format on the Sunday of your booking slot. I’ll get started reading and making notes directly in the document using tracked changes. This period will likely be two or three weeks depending on the length of your novel. You don’t need to do anything during this period. I’ll send you a quick check-in at the end of the week. You’ll receive an invoice for half the total of the project when I receive your manuscript.

I’ll send your manuscript back on a Friday, then give you a couple of days to read through and make any notes (you can take as long as you like with this, but I find that more than a week is usually too much). You’ll also receive your second invoice at this point.

You’ll have access to me via email to answer any questions you might have. I’ll check back in with you a week or two after your edit just to make sure you don’t have any questions. If you’re working with me for copy editing, keep reading!

Copy Editing

If you’re curious about the copy editing process, here’s what you can expect.

When you first get in touch with me, we’ll go through a sample edit which involves me taking a look at the first 2000 words of your manuscript to get an idea of where you’re at. I’ll send you some notes about the sample and you’ll decide if we’re a good fit. At this point, I may recommend you go back and do some more self-editing or look at developmental editing, line editing, or coaching if your manuscript is not ready.

Assuming we decide to work together, I’ll put together a contract for the project and send you an invoice for a $50 deposit. At this point, we’ll also set a date for your project depending on when you’ll be ready and when I’m available. Often, I’m booking around two months ahead.

You’ll send your manuscript via email in docx/doc format on the Sunday of your booking slot. I’ll get started reading and making edits using tracked changes. This period will likely be two or three weeks depending on the length of your novel. You don’t need to do anything during this period. I’ll send you a quick check-in at the end of the week. You’ll also receive an invoice for half of the editing cost at this point.

I’ll send your manuscript and style sheet back on a Friday, then give you a couple of days to read through and make any notes (you can take as long as you like with this, but I find that more than a week is usually too much). You’ll also receive your second invoice at this point.

Often, the edits from a copy edit can be applied quite quickly compared to a developmental or line edit. I’ll check back in with you a week or two after your edit just to make sure you don’t have any questions. If you’re working with me for proofreading, keep reading!

Proofreading

If you’re curious about the proofreading process, here’s what you can expect.

When you first get in touch with me, we’ll go through a sample edit which involves me taking a look at the first 1000 words of your manuscript to get an idea of where you’re at. I’ll send you some notes about the sample and you’ll decide if we’re a good fit. At this point, I may recommend you go back and look at copy editing if your manuscript is not ready.

Assuming we decide to work together, I’ll put together a contract for the project and send you an invoice for a $50 deposit. At this point, we’ll also set a date for your project depending on when you’ll be ready and when I’m available. Often, I’m booking around two months ahead.

You’ll send your manuscript via email in PDF format on the Sunday of your booking slot. I’ll get started reading and making notes for you. This period will likely be one to two weeks depending on the length of your novel. You don’t need to do anything during this period. I’ll send you a quick check-in at the end of the week.

I’ll send your manuscript back on a Friday, then give you a couple of days to read through and make any notes (you can take as long as you like with this, but I find that more than a week is usually too much). You’ll also receive your second invoice at this point.

While you’re working through your edits, I’ll be available via email for any questions and I’ll send some follow ups to check how you’re going.

Formatting

If you’re curious about the formatting process, here’s what you can expect.

We’ll chat about your needs and I’ll put together a contract for the project, then send you an invoice. Generally, the entire rate for the formatting is similar to my deposit rate, so I ask for full payment upfront.

You’ll send me your manuscript in docx/doc format (with any front and back matter included, along with the cover) and I’ll provide you with 3-5 mockups (depending on the formatting package) within 24 hours.

Once you’ve chosen a mockup, I’ll format the novel and send it to you within 24 hours for approval.

Once you’ve accepted your formatted project, you’ll be able to come back to me for two free revisions per year. Further revisions will incur a cost based on the time required for the revisions. These free revisions are a great way to add your new books into your back matter.

Novel and Series Planning

If you’re curious about the novel and series planning process, here’s what you can expect.

Depending on your needs, we’ll book a consultation to chat about your project which will give you a better idea whether we’re a good fit and allow me to provide you with a quote. This can be done via email for smaller projects or author preference.

Assuming we decide to work together, I’ll put together a contract for the project and send you an invoice for a $50 deposit. At this point, we’ll also set a date for your project depending on when you’ll be ready and when I’m available. Often, I’m booking around two months ahead, though I try to get these bookings in quickly so you can get started on your writing.

There are a couple of ways this can go. Generally, I’ll take some time (dependent on the word count of the materials you provide) to go through everything and make notes. I’ll then provide these via email. Alternatively, if you don’t have anything to send me yet, we can jump straight into consultation to talk about the project and brainstorm some ideas.

We’ll have a Zoom call (45 minutes) to chat about the notes and I’ll answer any questions you have. If you’d prefer to skip this, let me know and I’ll make sure to remove it from your quote before we get started. In some cases, particularly with a series, we may need to book multiple calls to work through all the books.

While you’re working through your plotting, I’ll be available via email for any questions and I’ll send some follow ups to check how you’re going. If you’re working with me for line editing, keep reading!