How does this work?

Typically, we will discuss the work, schedule, and fee over phone or email. Then you will send me one or more documents in Word, and I will send them back to you with tracked changes, either chapter by chapter or as a whole. You will return them to me with your comments, and I will finalize any last changes or recommendations.

If you would prefer to work differently, just let me know.

How about resumés?

First we’ll talk, and I’ll have you send me whatever relevant documents you have. If you’re local, I prefer to meet up, because resumés are biographical documents, and meeting in person gives me a fuller sense of who you are. I will send you a draft and rework it once or twice with your feedback. Throughout the process, we’ll be in contact by phone or email.

Do you do all of this on a computer?

Usually. I occasionally print things out to get a fresh perspective.

If you prefer to work on paper, I can do that too. Let me know if you don’t like red pen.

So do you send files over email?

Most often, yes. Sometimes I use Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar program, depending on the client and the size of the files. I can also fax, if that’s what you need.

What are your rates?

My rates are in line with the Editorial Freelancers Association’s published rates. I typically provide a project estimate, cap, or flat fee after I assess the project so that you can plan appropriately.

How long is a page?

A page is 250 words, whether it’s single spaced or quadruple spaced, in TNR or Comic Sans.

I’m a broke graduate student. Is there any way you can help me?

Yes! Broke graduate students have a special place in my heart, and I have a reduced rate for them. It’s done on the honor system: no proof required.

How long will this take?

That depends on our schedules, of course—so call or email earlier rather than later. For resumés, I require a minimum of two weeks from first discussion to final product.

How and when do I pay?

I work this out on a client-by-client basis, depending on the size of the project, the client’s needs, and if applicable, the prior responsiveness of the university’s accounting department. For larger projects, I prefer a portion up front and a portion on completion. When payment is due, I will send you an invoice, payable by check, Square, or Paypal. Both Square and Paypal accept credit cards. I often assess a fee to cover the fees Square and Paypal charge.

I’d like your help with a work in progress, but I’m embarrassed about how unfinished it is. I mean, it’s a real mess.

I really enjoy working with writing in progress, and love seeing how other writers work. There’s no judgment here—just fascination and admiration. Please send it along!