As an author myself, I know that sending your book into someone else’s hands can be scary. You’ve poured your heart and soul onto these pages, after all! To help demystify the editing process, here’s how the whole process works:
I believe that editors should always be 100% committed to seeing their author clients succeed. When an editor gives feedback, it is always a suggestion, not a demand: authors retain complete creative control over their work. This is why feedback is given in notes and using Track Changes: it is up to you, the author, to approve of and make each change so that you are 100% on board with any changes to your book.
- Submit an inquiry form
The first step in the process is to fill out the inquiry form. I’ll ask for information about your project, your genre, and what your goals are for the book. I’ll get in touch with you after reviewing your submission.
- Samples, consultation, and quote
After reviewing your submission, I’ll ask for a sample and provide sample edits for line editing and copy editing. We’ll also schedule a free consultation call to discuss your project. (If you want to! If Zoom isn’t your jam, I’m happy to correspond over email, or whatever works best for you.)
If we both want to move ahead, we’ll schedule your project, discuss the payments, and sign a contract.
- Let the work begin!
I’ll start work on your book in Microsoft Word, using the Track Changes feature and marginal comments. I’ll also include end-of-chapter notes and an editorial letter or custom style sheet. My “office” has an open door, and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have along the way.
- Return your manuscript to you
Once the edits are complete, I’ll return your manuscript and any supplementary materials like editorial letters or style sheets.
- Schedule a follow-up call (if you want to!)
If you have follow-up questions while you’re working on your revisions, I’m happy to schedule a 30-minute follow-up call about two weeks after returning your manuscript.