How do I obtain a free sample edit?
To receive a sample edit, click here. In the sample edit, I try to give you a good idea of what I can achieve with your book by applying a heavy editorial hand to a portion of your material.
Do you make your edits on the book manuscript itself or on the computer?
That’s up to you. Most clients prefer an on-screen edit (using the Track Changes feature in Word), although some like to hold in their hands the edited version of their work while they go through and make revisions; for them a hard-copy edit works best.
How much do you charge?
My editing fee—based on total submitted word count—starts at 4 cents per word (for example, $3,200 for an 80,000-word manuscript) and can go up from there, depending on the condition and nature of the material to be edited. Along with the sample edit—at which point I would be able to judge the amount of work involved in the project—I would submit a precise per-word price quote.
Do you offer “levels” of editing for different rates?
No. I approach every book project with the same mindset and aim—call it a holistic approach. My per-word rate varies from project to project, depending on the nature and degree of editing required.
How do I pay?
I require half the total fee up front and the remainder at the halfway point of the project’s completion. Payment is made by check. Those can be mailed to:
4520 Caswell Avenue
Austin, Texas 78751
Can you line up my book with an agent or publisher?
No. But I can offer my clients practical advice on how to approach and communicate with agents and publishers, many of whom I keep in contact with in an attempt to keep abreast of their tastes and preferences, which often are in a more or less constant state of flux.
Is this all you do?
In a professional sense, yes. I have been a full-time writer-editor since 1999.
What is your professional background?
My undergraduate focus at the University of Texas was psycholinguistics—the psychology of reading and writing.
I began my career as an editor by editing M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations. From there I graduated to scholarly articles bound for publication in peer-reviewed social science journals, eventually applying my skills to non-fiction and, finally, fiction manuscripts—the order is ironic in that my training as a writer and storyteller was in the field of fiction.