Why use a freelance editor? There are lots of reasons to get a professional editor to look at your project. Do you want to self-publish? Have you been getting generic rejections and want specific feedback you can use? Are you nervous about submitting and want to get an editor's opinion before taking the plunge? I can help in all these situations.
I'm nervous about using an editor. All that red ink, all over my baby...I don't know if I can handle it. Aren't editors mean? This is a very common sentiment. I know it's terrifying, but getting feedback (whether from an editor, critique partner, or beta reader) is the best thing you can do for your manuscript. What you have to remember is that it's my job to help you improve your craft. Any notes I make have this goal in mind. I'm like a coach; I point out areas where you can improve, high-five you when you do something great, and motivate you (nicely!) when you need it.
I'm not sure what type of edit would be best for me. Can you make a recommendation? Absolutely. You can send me the first ten pages and a synopsis, and I'll give you a recommendation.
Can you guarantee I'll get published if you edit my book? Unfortunately, no. Wouldn't it be great for business if I could? All I can promise is that I will do my best to get your manuscript in fighting shape.
Do I need to get my book edited before submitting to editors and agents? NO. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
I'm not ready to have my full manuscript edited. Will you look at partials? Yes. Partial line edits are straightforward. If you are looking for a partial content edit, I strongly recommend having a synopsis or outline of the full plot so my feedback can be as useful as possible.
Are you available to speak to writers' groups? Occasionally. It depends on the time commitment, if I'd have to travel, etc. Email me and we'll see.
Can you help me Americanize the diction and spelling in my manuscript? Yes! This is included in a line edit.