How do I know what type of editing I need?
This post should help, but you are more than welcome to ask questions or discuss your goals.
How much does professional editing cost?
Projects are priced individually based on services required, length, complexity, and your deadlines. (For an 80,000-word novel, fees range between $800 to $1,600 depending on individual parameters.) To request a customized quote, please use this contact form.
Do you perform sample edits?
Yes! Submit a sample of your project using the contact page. All edits will be performed using the “Track Changes” function in Microsoft Word. If your project is in another file format, Jen will discuss the best way to get you what you need. If your project is a novel, submit approximately ten pages from the section of your manuscript that you feel needs the most work. This is important because the work involved with the sample edit helps inform rate development for your whole project. Re-rating may be necessary if there's a large discrepancy between the sample pages and the manuscript as a whole. (It's a lot easier to set expectations up front!)
Do you accept rush requests?
Yes, as scheduling permits. Rush requests are generally defined as small editing or content development projects with a turnaround time of fewer than four business days or as large editing or content development projects with a turnaround time of fewer than two weeks. (Manuscripts are complicated. If someone tells you they can rush through a developmental or line edit of your novel in two weeks, be wary.) A rush fee will be applied to the project.
Is there anything you won’t edit?
It depends! Jen specializes in genre fiction and creative nonfiction, but won't turn down projects that fall outside of those parameters. (You should really see her reading list.) However, Jen will not edit religious projects or those that espouse hateful or bigoted worldviews. She also doesn't take on academic editing projects — with a few exceptions. She will, however, refer you out to some amazing colleagues who do. If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask!
I want you to talk to my employees/class about writing or editing.
Awesome. Jen is available to speak to your company or classroom about writing, editing, storytelling, and strategic digital communications. For locations outside of Mid-Michigan, special travel arrangements are necessary. (But webinars are great, too!) For more information about the topics available, get in touch. She'll find the perfect topic for your audience.