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  • Q. What genres do you specialize in?
    I work with most genres in both fiction and nonfiction for copyediting, line editing, and proofreading. My keen eye for intricate detail allows me to home in on grammar, punctuation, and syntax to maintain consistency. I also query for clarity and cross-check references to ensure accuracy. For manuscript evaluation and developmental/substantive editing, my specialty is within the children's genre: middle grade, young adult, and new adult (including subgenres such as contemporary, dystopian, fantasy, paranormal romance, Sci-Fi, etc.). Based on your particular goals, I'll examine major story elements and authorial voice in-depth to help enhance the unique structure, creativity, and style of your manuscript.
  • Q. How do I know what type of editing my project requires?
    If you are new to publishing, it's okay to be unsure. If you haven't looked at my list of services yet, please do so now to learn more about the different types of editing and what each entails. You don't have to be exact; it's just a way for you to assess your own needs. When you go to the contact page and fill out the easy and convenient form, you will be asked to choose the service you feel best fits the requirements of your project. This helps me determine where we should begin. Before producing an estimate, I will review the project to ensure that the chosen service is the best match for assisting you in meeting your goals.
  • Q. How much do your services cost?
    Freelance editorial rates within the industry tend to vary depending on the type of service, scope of work, and timeline. I usually charge by the word when editing and evaluating full manuscripts. An hourly rate is typically charged for proofreading services and smaller editorial and website-related projects. My rates are in line with the standard industry rates as proposed by the Editorial Freelancers Association.
  • Q. Will I be charged for an estimate?
    An estimate is free and based on the needs of your project, which are outlined in the convenient contact form. In order to give clients an accurate estimate, I consult with you on your intended goals and thoroughly review the entire project and scope of work beforehand.
  • Q. May I get a sample of your work?
    Because of confidentiality and copyright concerns, I cannot share samples of my work completed for other clients. But I am happy to include with my initial assessment a sample edit of your work up to 1,000 words.
  • Q. In what file format should I send my document?
    For manuscripts and creative copy, a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) is required. I typically edit using Track Changes. For content that requires proofreading a PDF, I edit and make comments using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.
  • Q. What style guides and resources are used to edit?
    Style Guides: The Chicago Manual of Style Online, 17th ed. by University of Chicago Press (This is my primary guide.) The Copyeditor's Handbook, 3rd ed. by Amy Einsohn The Editor's Companion by Steve Dunham The Elements of Style, 4th ed. by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White Dictionaries: Merriam-Webster Dictionary Oxford English US Dictionary Web Style Guides: BuzzFeed Style Guide The Yahoo! Style Guide
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