F. A. Q's
All of the most frequently asked questions can be found here.
This page is also a collection of all the questions listed on every service page throughout this site. If there's a question you have that is not listed here, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask.
What are your rates?
Beta Read: contact for quote*
Manuscript Evaluation: $0.01 per word
Copy Edit: $0.02 per word
*Beta Reading prices are on an individual basis.
All rates listed on this website are in line with Standard Editorial Rates.
How do I know if a Beta Read is right for me?
You may benefit from a Beta Read if you are:
More than one revision in and would like light professional feedback.
Preparing to go into your final revision and want to see if there are other things to consider as you dive in.
Want to know if you are fulfilling genre expectations, target audience expectations, or have missed a plot hole.
Have questions about the story you'd like a reader's perspective/answer to.
In need of a sensitivity check.
& so much more!
Is my work eligible for a Beta Read?
As long as your work has undergone at least one round of self-editing, it's fully eligible for a Beta Read.
This can be one chapter, multiple chapters, the entire work, or an outline.
What are the benefits of a professional Beta Read?
Getting your work Beta Read professionally means that not only can you guarantee a response, but as an editor, you'll be getting an added layer of perspective as I read your story, looking at the overall story arc, character arcs, how the work lines up against genre expectations, and audience expectation.
How do I know if you're part of my target audience?
Just ask me!
Seriously, it would be a lot for me to list when it comes to the types of books I read and have read over the years. If you want to know if your book is something I'd get into just fill out the form below or send me a message.
What I'm NOT a good fit for:
Middle grade of any genre
How do I know if a Manuscript Evaluation right for me?
This service is for anyone who needs help with their manuscript and knowing what to focus on next - whatever that looks like specifically for you.
This service may be right for you if:
You're unsure how to proceed into the next round of revisions.
Not sure if elements of your story are working together.
The draft is just finished and you'd like fresh eyes to help guide you in revisions
You'd just like some help moving forward in your project.
Are there any real benefits to getting a Manuscript Evaluation?
Manuscript Evaluations allow a fresh set of eyes to analyze your work and help you identify the strengths and weaknesses that need addressing to help you bring your overall vision to life.
It's a service that greatly benefits any author looking to improve their work, get a new perspective on their work, or seeking help with what comes next with their manuscript.
Some of those benefits are:
Knowing if your opening chapter works for the piece.
Fresh eyes on the areas you're concerned about
A sensitivity check if you are writing characters outside of your personal experience.
Know if your target audience is the right audience for the work.
Is my work eligible for a Manuscript Evaluation?
The great thing about manuscript evaluations is that they apply to any manuscript, in any stage, and work of any length.
How do I know if I'm ready for a Copy Edit?
The copy edit takes place after all developmental edits, line edits, beta reading, and evaluations have been done.
This step is the second to last polishing step to publishing your work.
If you have gone through all of the major editing steps and are looking to refine the words on the page, and ensure details are read and written consistently, you're ready for a copy edit.
What style guide do you use & what is a stylesheet?
By default, I utilize the Chicago Manual of Style.
A Stylesheet is a guide that is unique to your manuscript. This will track things like character names and descriptions, setting details, names and how they are written, and other important details that are important to keep consistent and specific to the story.
Why do I get back two versions of my manuscript with Copy Edits?
The annotated version of your manuscript will demonstrate where changes have been made and have notes and comments.
The Clean Copy will be a version of your manuscript with all of the changes already accepted, resulting in the final and clean version of the manuscript, bearing any choice you choose to reject.
What genres do you work with?
I am open to working with most genres. Such as (but not limited to):
Romance and its sub-genres.
Science Fiction and Fantasy.
LIMITED Non-Fiction. *
However, it's important to note that I am NOT the best fit for the following genres:
*If you wish to inquire about a non-fiction piece, or you're unsure if I accept your genre, please reach out to me directly.
What is the minimum or maximum word count you accept?
The minimum word count would be 1k and currently, I see no need to set a max limit for what I'll review/read for any service.
I also work on a chapter by chapter basis, as well as any other part by part arrangement you'd like to discuss.
What does a Sample Edit encompass?
After you fill out this form I will contact you to ask any additional questions I may have as well as request a sample of your manuscript so I can demonstrate my skill in the requested service.
I'll then return the completed sample edit and you'll have the option to meet with me for a one-on-one chat to discuss your project, and any questions you may have. From there, you'll be able to judge it according to your own standards.