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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What references do you use?
A: I have a lot of references at my disposal that I use on a regular basis (grammar books, etc.) but my two go-to, must-have, use-them-thirty-times-a-day sources are The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (as well as their Collegiate, online free, French, Spanish, and Medical dictionaries. For UK clients who choose to maintain UK spellings and style, I use New Oxford Style Manual and Oxford Dictionaries.
Q: Do you book clients in advance? How does that work?
A: Yes! Basically, if you'll let me know the name of your book (even if it's a working title) and the date you expect it to be ready for editing or Oops Detection, I'll put you on my calendar. For editing clients, this will ensure that you get a spot on my schedule. For Oops Detection clients, it will move you to the front of the queue. Please see the next question for more information on this.
Q: How many projects do you work on at a time? How do you determine which project is next?
A: It depends. For editing, I will generally work on one project at a time, though I might do smaller assignments (blurbs, advertising copy, etc.) during the same time-frame. I work on Oops Detection projects continuously, as time permits.
As for how I determine what project is next - it's a first-come, first-served basis, with scheduling involved. For instance, let's say you contact me and ask if I could work on a book next week. If I don't have any other editing work scheduled, I'll probably agree to take your project. But what if I do have a project lined up next week? In fact, I've got work lined up for the next three weeks. That leaves you in a bind and you either have to wait for three weeks or find another editor. The good news if you plan ahead: I book projects in advance :-)
For Oops Detection clients, I add those to a queue, again on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if you've pre-booked my services, you basically get to cut in line. Let's say I have four books waiting for Oops Detection - A, B, C and D. I'm currently reading "Book A." You let me know a couple of months ago, though, that you'd have a book ready for me now. That means that as soon as I finish "Book A," I'll start on your baby. If you hadn't made a reservation, you'd come after "Book D." That would suck. Schedule in advance :-)
Q: Can I get my initial deposit back?
A: It depends. For editing clients, I won't actually request your deposit (50% of estimate) until I'm ready to begin work on your project. For "Oops Detection", you can request a refund of your reading fee all the way up until I actually start reading your book. I will send you an email before I start reading your book so you'll know once that line's been crossed. At that point, it's nonrefundable, though you can have credit on it (see below).
Q: I thought my book was ready, but it's not. What now?
A: Once in a while, I get a book for Oops Detection and it turns out that it really needs another editing pass. If this happens, I'll let you know. Please don't shoot the messenger :-) As well, you might have thought you just needed "light" editing, but it turns out that you need more in-depth work done. Again - please don't be mad at me for this. I don't like being the bearer of bad news any more than you like being the recipient, but at the same time I want your book to be the best it can be. If you contracted for editing to begin with, we can figure out the difference in your estimated bill and go from there. If you were an "Oops Detection" client, your reading fee will be credited toward the initial deposit for editing. Of course, you're always free to settle your invoice as it stands and make other arrangements for editing.
Q: Money Matters...
A: Here are the answers to the major questions:
- I accept (and prefer) PayPal. I will accept checks, but again - I GREATLY prefer PayPal. It's quick, easy, and I can print a nifty little report to take to my accountant when April rolls around.
- Deposit: For editing clients, quotes that are less than $200.00 will be due up-front. If the quote is $200.00 or more, 50% will be due in advance, with the remainder due upon completion. For "Oops Detection" clients, I reserve the right to request your reading fee in advance. Invoices will be sent within 72 hours of the project's start.
- Invoices will be provided for all projects. A W-9 can also be provided upon request.
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