Will my work be safe with you?
Yes. I take the safety, security, and confidentiality of my clients’ work very seriously. I have a lot of experience with confidential and proprietary information, and I take a number of precautions to make sure that my computer and office are secure. Anything you choose to share with me will be viewed only by me. I also have no problem signing a non-disclosure agreement, if you feel it is necessary.
What format do you use when you edit a document?
I strongly prefer to use Microsoft Word. The Track Changes feature in Word allows you to clearly see what changes I have made, and you can easily incorporate these changes into your document. Using Word with Track Changes also gives you complete control over your writing. Don’t like an edit I made? No problem! Just click “Reject,” and it’s like it never happened.
If you prefer, I can also edit or proofread a PDF document or a hard copy (additional fees and extended timeframe may apply).
What does the editing process look like? What can I expect?
The first step is to get in touch with me. I prefer to do a short sample edit (1500 words or less) when we’re first starting out, so I can get a good idea of your writing style and the type of editing your project needs. This will also give you a chance to see if my editing style is right for you. (Don’t worry, it’s free!)
I’ll send the completed sample edit back to you, along with any questions I may have about the project or your needs. Once we’re on the same page, I’ll send you my service agreement and a customized quote for your project. After we’ve hammered out the details (and after you’ve signed the service agreement and paid any applicable deposits or fees), it’s time for you to sit back and relax — and it’s time for me to get to work!
You may not hear from me as often while I’m editing. That’s okay; it just means I’m hard at work and in the zone. I’ll send you status reports according to the timeframe we agree on, and if I have any questions or concerns, I’ll reach out to you. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns during this time, feel free to reach out to me.
I will go through the text at least twice (and I’ll go through it as many times as necessary). I do this because I know that our brains like to trick us into thinking our writing is correct (even when it isn’t). So I will read through the text multiple times to make sure I catch every error and opportunity for improvement.
Once the editing is complete, I’ll send back two versions of your document: a “clean” version (your edited text, without tracked changes or comments) and a version that shows you every change I made, as well as my queries and comments. I do this so you can read your edited document without any distractions (like markups). From there, the choice is yours. You can accept or reject my changes as you wish.
And that’s it! I’ll send you a final invoice for any outstanding balances, along with a short survey to get your feedback on the experience.
What do you charge? How do you determine your rate?
Basically, my rate is determined by the amount of time I think it will take for me to edit your document. This may depend on a number of factors: the length of the document, the subject matter, the type and level of editing it needs, the number of revisions needed, etc.
The first step is for me to get acquainted with you and your work. We’ll get the ball rolling with a free sample edit, and then I’ll send you a customized project quote.
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept PayPal (which allows you to use your bank account or a credit card).