Questions You May Have

Have any questions you don’t see answered below? Just contact me and ask.

I’m not sure what kind of editing I need. What do your editing services entail?

My focus is on helping you say what you want to say. Editing can involve anything from suggesting additional information your readers might want to know about, to breaking up sentences that are too long, to using punctuation more effectively. It almost always involves checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation to ensure that text is error free.

I’m particularly strong at what’s called line editing. For more on what that entails, check out this post.

What kinds of projects have you worked on?

Here are some quick examples:

I wrote an online resume guide for a government agency; helped a small-business owner edit articles before submitting them to his editor at a trade magazine; and researched, wrote, and edited reports for a state government commission on poverty. I recently edited a short book for a client who teaches business and technical writing. I also work on independent writing projects and am currently co-writing a nonfiction book with a client.

Prior to going freelance, I worked as a technical writer/editor for a firm that trained companies to implement and run SAP (software used to manage major functions of a business, such as accounting). We created computer-based training (CBT) modules to help these companies complete a variety of business transactions in SAP—from creating sales orders to posting to the general ledger. I was our team editor for CBTs and other projects.

As a librarian at an academic library, I led a team that transformed a classroom-based instruction program into a self-service model. This involved a considerable amount of writing to create a handbook, reference guides, instructions for searching the online catalog, and other materials.

What are your qualifications for editing?

I’ve done everything from content planning to proofreading, and have a reputation for high-quality work. I enjoy writing and write well. I have an excellent command of grammar, punctuation, and style (such as knowing when it’s necessary to capitalize and when it’s not) and maintain a library of essential style guides, such as the The Chicago Manual of Style and the The Associated Press Stylebook. Finally, I hold degrees in two writing-intensive disciplines, English and library and information science.

Why might someone want to hire you rather than another freelancer?

Let’s put it this way: If you’ve ever been disappointed that a project wasn’t handled thoroughly enough—perhaps the person reviewing the work made only superficial edits or failed to point out more serious flaws in a document—you may want to try someone with a more thorough approach. I’m known for my thoroughness and ability to turn around a document quickly and affordably.

Did you know that a thorough edit can help you with everything from brainstorming to SEO (search engine optimization)? For more on that, read this post.

How do I know if you’re right for my project?

I like to provide a sample edit to first-time clients, because (1) it gives both me and the client a sense of whether or not the project would be a good fit and what might be involved; and (2) it’s risk-free way for clients to sample my editing style before committing to a project.

What payment options are available, and what do you charge?

You may pay either by check or PayPal. Because projects vary widely in the level of editing needed—some just need a final proofread while others require significant reworking—I quote you a price when I learn more about your project. This rate guide from the Editorial Freelancers Association will give you a general idea of market rates for a variety of editing and related services.

In addition, with smaller projects especially, I can usually quote a fixed project fee so you know from the beginning how much the project will cost.

Ready to inquire about your project? Contact me today to learn more.