FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
 

“You don’t write if you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rates

Q. HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR EDITORIAL SERVICES?

A. No two projects are alike. After you contact me about working together, I'm happy to schedule a brief introductory conversation, at no cost, to find out more information about your project and what kind of assistance you're looking for. I may also ask to see a draft. This helps me ensure I can give you what you need, and it also helps me provide a quote that reflects the scope of the work involved. 

Q. HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR PUBLISHING CONSULTATION & COACHING? 

A. I charge a fixed rate for individual publishing consultation/coaching in person, via phone, or Skype. Sessions can last either 30 minutes or one hour. Please contact me here, and I'll get back to you with rate information, clarification of what I think will best suit your needs (would you get more out of a consultation or a coaching session?), and my estimate of how much time I think we'll need to satisfactorily address them. I promise that I'm cheaper than your therapist. If you'd like to book multiple sessions, I'm happy to negotiate a discount.

Q. HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR EDITORIAL CONTENT & COMMUNICATION CONSULTING?

A. Much like editorial projects, no two businesses—and their content and communication needs—are alike. After you contact me about working together, I'm happy to schedule a brief, no-cost introductory conversation to find out more information about your business and what kind of assistance you're looking for. I may also ask to see sample material, or for your company's web/social links. This helps me ensure I can give you what you need, and it also helps me provide a quote that reflects the scope of the work involved. 

How I Work

Q. What's your working style?

A. My approach is collaborative, sometimes even Socratic (with a view to sparking further creative consideration and inspiration, I tend to ask a lot of questions), because the most effective revisions are ones that feel organic. I'll always explain the thought process driving any prescriptive suggestions. I prioritize communication with you to make sure that I'm helping you move forward while reflecting your original intent, vision, and voice. 

Q. WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM WORKING WITH YOU?

A. It's worth taking a second to discuss the difference between goals and expectations. If we collaborate together, you can expect a professional, courteous working relationship based on mutual respect and a shared interest in helping you succeed, and to feel that our partnership has enriched your work and your creative process, and/or the way you present your business and communicate with your clients. However, things like literary representation, publication, or increased profits are goals, not expectations. There are no guarantees in life, and throughout my career I have always taken extreme care not to promise anything that I'm not 100% sure I can deliver. 

Q. ARE THERE ANY KINDS OF PROJECTS OR CLIENTS YOU WON'T WORK WITH?

A. When you contact me, I ask for specifics about what you need so I can make sure I'm the right person to help you. The last thing I want to do is waste your time (or mine), or waste your money. For instance, I have little to no experience working with prescriptive self-help, religious fiction/nonfiction, romance fiction, YA fiction, or academic nonfiction projects like textbooks and monographs, so it would be disingenuous of me to say I could add value to anything along these lines.

I'm also aware that editing is a subjective business, and what I might like another editor might not, or vice-versa. (Debating submissions was always fascinating. Two editors, both equally intelligent with excellent taste, can disagree more often than you might think.) If I realize that I'm not connecting with your project, I'll be upfront about it because that instantly tells me I'm not the right editor to work on it. This should not be taken personally, but rather as a reflection of my respect for you as its creator. You deserve an editor who is fully invested in your work. Similarly, if I feel that I can't give you what you're looking for in a professional partnership, I'll let you know this right away.

Getting Published

Q. Can you get me an agent?

A. I maintain active relationships with many agents, but I can't get you literary representation. (And you should run away, fast, from any freelance editor who promises you this!) Working together is not a guarantee of representation or publication. What I can do is help you make your project the best it can possibly be by pushing you as a writer, consult with you on how best to package and pitch it, and advise you as you compile a list of agents to submit to.

Q. CAN YOU GET ME A PUBLISHING DEAL?

A. No, I can't. But I can work with you on revising your project, and support you as you take the steps to find representation. I'm also happy to consult with you about the pros and cons of self-publishing, which can be a viable and fruitful option for many authors.