Do I have to sign a contract?
Yes. The contract not only protects me, but it protects you. How? It states the limits of what I can do with your work, how I save it, how long I keep it on file. It also states you as the sole owner of the creative and moral rights of your work.
What is a communications professional?
It is either someone who works in the communications fields or has a schooling background in communication. For me, I finished my degree majoring in professional communication. This means I learnt not only communication theory, but how to brand people/business, technical writing, project management, editing, creative writing, portfolio building.
Why are communications important?
A lot of people take communications for granted. We've all been speaking english and writing since school so of course we know how to communicate, right? Well your not wrong. The difference is that my degree has given me the skills to analyze other peoples communications and see whether they are a effective or not. I can point out what isn't working and tell you why.
Why is a vision and mission statement important?
Even if you never use your vision/mission statement on your website/blog/social media it will help guide you. For many people, this is the first time they have had to ever define what it is their business does, and more importantly what it's doing differently from similar businesses. The vision/mission statement also set the tone for all of your business writings like blog posts. Don't underestimate their power.
Do you design logos? Websites? Book covers?
While yes I can do simple logo designs, I am not trained in it. My degree gave me several courses in media manipulation but I do not have a degree in design. If your looking for something simple and cost effective, then I am your answer. If your looking for something next level, hire a professional designer. On the resources page I have links to designer for book covers.
I DO NOT design websites. I help customize free templates.
What is editing?
It is the suggestion of fixes to be made to a manuscript for the sake of clarity. As writer, you first write for yourself. As an editor, I read for your work for the reader. What details does the reader need to enjoy and love your book? Edits are suggestions that I recommend you take for the sake of the reader, but at the end of the day you are the sole owner to your work.
What is your experience in editing and proofreading books?
I have taken several courses in my degree including substantive/structural editing, copyedit and proofreading, book editing, and publishing and management. As part of my book editing course, my final project was to edit a full manuscript and prepare it to be printed.
My other experience is in editing short stories. Recently I was on the editing team for the Bolo Tie Anthology, which was a collection of student short fiction.
What format do I send my manuscript in to you?
Personally, I prefer online methods. So send it to me in either a word document or pdf. The writing itself should be in 12 point font, Times New Roman, with the title/page #/Your name in the header. If you have any more questions on formatting, check the resources page.
Do I have to have a finished novel before I can get an editor?
No. Developmental editing happens before the work is finished. If you have an idea but are not sure how to organize it then developmental editing may be for you. This style of edit gives you a clearer understanding of where to begin writing, or how to fix/change your current writing.
What is your turn around time for editing books?
It takes me about an hour per 1000-3000 words. This is dependant on the style of editing required.
So if you have 50,000 word novel it can take me between 17-50 hours of continues editing, or 5 to 7 business days. Rush jobs are higher rate.
Do I have to take all of your edits?
No. My edits are suggestions. If you don't like a change I've made, talk to me about it. If its an issue of tone or style then it's okay to not change it. But if it's a technical issue, like incorrect comma use, then I strongly suggest you make the change for the sake of technicality.
How do I communicate with you when we are working together?
Email. Text message. Phone call. Skype. Anything that works for you. I have found in the past that Slack works really well for communicating as you can upload documents on it as well as send short messages. And its organized!
What if my work has sex, violence, drugs, profanity, religious themes, etc in it?
That's okay. I don't judge you as an author because of the content in your work. I am comfortable with anything. I've even wrote pieces involving bisexual main characters. What counts is if your story is great, then I'll love it.
Are there genres you won't edit?
No. I love all books. Currently I read a lot of romance (because they are free and I read a lot) but my bookshelves are filled with fantasy, science fiction, YA, and even children books.
Do you edit non-fiction books?
I can, but I have to be interested in the content. I don't do historical non-fiction.
What are your favourite types of books?
I have soft spot for fantasy, science fiction and romance books. I love the creativity and nothing gets me like a well earned happily-ever-after. My all time favourite book is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. My favourite series is the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. And anything Sarah Dessen jerks me at the heart strings.
Do you edit anything besides books?
Yes. I edit manuals, emails, and content on websites.
What is your experience in self-publishing?
I am currently self-publishing my own book which I hope to have come out in September 2017.