So, you're interested in having me edit your precious manuscript. Now what?
Step 1: Email me here about working together. Tell me about your writing, your manuscript, your timing, etc. I'll email you back, letting you know if I'm interested and available. (Kind of like online dating, huh?)
Step 2: Send me the first 2,500 words of your manuscript before we get engaged... I mean... decide to work together. Why this step? This assures both of us that your manuscript is ready for a professional edit, that you're mentally prepared to have your work critiqued, and that you like my professional editing style. (However, before you send those precious 2,500 words, be sure they follow my submission guidelines here.) Within seven to ten days, I'll forward you my questions, thoughts, comments, corrections, etc. If your prose isn't ready to be edited, I'll let you know. I'll also offer you my recommendations for which editorial option suits your needs best.
Step 3: PayPal me $250 to hold your spot in the editing lineup (that is if you liked what I had to say about your 2,500-word sample and want to work together) and return a signed contract. (I'll send you one when I return my thoughts on your sample.)
Step 4: Send me your manuscript for a First Look-See. However, don't send it to me before you've done a good self-edit. The more time you spend fixing things, the less money you spend on me fixing them. Within three to four weeks, I'll let you know I'm ready with my manuscript review. If you chose Editorial Option #2, I invoice you based on your original word count. Once payment is received, I forward you my questions, thoughts, comments, corrections, etc. If you want to talk about my remarks, we can do it "face-to-face" via Skype or FaceTime. (Guess what? I don't charge extra for this!)
Step 5: Revise your manuscript based on my comments, our discussion, etc. Don't dread this step. Everything we do together is to ensure you publish a great book! What's the time frame for this step? It depends on you and your time.
Step 7: Within two to three weeks, I let you know I'm ready with my manuscript review. If you chose Editorial Option #1, I'll invoice you for the full amount. Once payment is received, I forward you my questions, thoughts, comments, corrections, etc. As before, we can talk face-to-face if you want.
Step 8: Revise your manuscript based on my comments, our discussion, etc. Again, don't dread this step.
Remember, everything we do together is to produce a bestseller! What's the time frame for this step? As before, it depends on you and your time.
Step 9: Send me your revised manuscript for a Final Look-See. Within one to two weeks, I'll forward you a proofread manuscript ready for the next step in its publishing journey!
Step 10: Go forth and publish!