Process—How We’ll Work Together

Here’s what you can expect when you work with me...

Have a project you’d like to discuss? The first step is to contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation. It doesn’t matter where you’re located, since we don't need to meet in person. After you email me, I'll reply to begin our discussions. I'll ask about:

  • The nature of the project—its subject matter, purpose, approach, and audience. (A gentle reminder: I don't edit fiction, but I'm interested in many nonfiction topics.)
  • The type of editing you’re looking for. (If you’re not sure, that’s okay—I’ll take a look and make a recommendation.)
  • Any particular issues or concerns that you’re aware of (for example, a writing style that’s too formal).
  • Any other special requirements (such as following a particular style manual or format).

After I’ve taken a look at the manuscript or a representative sample, we’ll discuss how much time the project will take and how much it will cost. (More on both of those below.)

If you decide to go ahead, we’ll reach an agreement and spell out the details in writing, in plain English.


How much will I charge? Each project is different, so it’s impossible to say without discussing your needs and taking a look at the material to be edited. If you have a specific project in mind, contact me for an estimate.

Depending on the project, I may quote an hourly rate, a per-page rate (based on the industry standard of 250 words per page), a flat fee for the project, or some combination.

I accept several forms of payment (read about my payment terms).

On a tight budget? If you’re limited to spending a specific amount, we can work together to plan what services are feasible within that budget.

Schedules and deadlines

Back when I was an in-house editor, a freelancer who hoped I’d send him some work boasted: “I can meet or beat any deadline.” I’m not about to make a claim like that.

Do I meet my schedule commitments? You bet I do. Otherwise I wouldn’t stay in business.

But it’s not my goal to be the world’s fastest editor. If you need your book edited over the weekend, call someone else. I take pride in doing a thorough job, not a rushed and incomplete one.

The bottom line? If you have a specific deadline, let me know and I’ll tell you whether I can meet it. Otherwise, I’ll estimate a finish date after looking at the manuscript. As editing progresses, if the manuscript turns out to need more work than initially estimated, I’ll alert you as soon as possible so we can work out a solution together.


I respect your privacy and your rights as an author. I will keep the contents of your manuscript strictly confidential, unless you specifically request otherwise.

Let’s get started!

Ready to begin? Contact me for a consultation.

Not sure yet? Explore the rest of my website to find out more about me, read what my clients are saying, and see a list of clients and projects.

Either way, be sure to check out my tips and links for writers and editors.