Frequently asked questions:
Do I need to edit my work before submitting to a publisher or agent?
In a word: yes. After working on your project, you can no longer see slight imperfections such as typos or tense issues - it happens to every writer, no matter how experienced. An editor and proofreader will look at your work with a trained and objective eye, picking up inconsistencies the writer can no longer see. To put your very best work forward, editing is an essential part of the writing process.
What formatting should I use for my manuscript?
Always, always check the submission guidelines for the market to which you're submitting. Each publisher has their own in-house styles, and adhering to those styles shows the editor(s) you take your craft seriously.
Will using a professional editor ensure my work is published?
No editor or proofreader can guarantee your work will be accepted. If you come across someone who does, then run fast and run far, my friend. A professional editor understands that acquisition editors are as individual as their tastes; all I can do is help you present your work in the best possible way.
Should I take all your suggestions/edits on board?
No. They are, after all, suggestions from a personal perspective. As a professionally trained editor and proofreader, I can look at your work with objectivity. As a writer myself, I am respectful of your creations and understand the need to maintain your voice throughout the story. This is your work, and as the author, the final decision(s) of what works and what doesn't, always rests with you.
Do I need to switch between US or British when submitting to different markets?
Yes. While this is not a "written" rule, by using the spelling and vernacular of your chosen publisher's country, it can avoid the editor(s) being dragged out of your story by seeing a perceived spelling error. I am trained in both British and US spelling and grammar, and can tailor your manuscript accordingly.
If I get a quote, is there a grace period?
Yes. All quotes are valid for 30 days.
Why do you need to see a sample of my work before a quote?
Some manuscripts require more editing, and some less. A sample of your manuscript will enable me to make an informed quote that is fair to both parties, and where I can determine the amount of editing required and give you a realistic time-frame to assist you in making the most of your creation.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Within Australia, you can pay by direct deposit. All international payments must be made via PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account to use the service (PayPal allows you to pay securely with a credit card). Note: PayPal attracts extra charges to ensure payment is made in full for the work I perform for you.
What are the payment terms?
50% of the agreed cost is due when you submit the manuscript. The remaining 50% is due before the manuscript is returned to you.
Can I get a refund if I don't agree with your edit?
There are no refunds. Payment constitutes a contract to edit your manuscript, and this must be paid in full.
Do you provide a contract for your services?
Yes. A contract is there to protect us both. The contract will detail the services provided, the pricing agreement, and the time-frame for the work.
Do you offer package deals?
Yes. Package deals are guaranteed to save you time and money.