Frequently asked questions

I've decided I'd like some editorial assitance. Where do I go from here?


Go to the home page and fill out the contact form, or email me directly at redpeneditorial36@gmail.com. Tell me about your project (see question 2 for the pertinent info). I'll get back to you as soon as I can!




What do you need to know about my project before we get started?


Each of the following things will assist me in forming an estimate/quote for you:

  1. Your first and last name.
  2. Word count (page count is less useful; it depends on font, sizing, paragraph spacing, etc.).
  3. Brief description of the piece including the genre and a synopsis.
  4. What you expect to do with the piece once you feel it's finished.
  5. Requested delivery date, if you have a deadline.
  6. What format your manuscript is in; what program you used to write it.
  7. Particular things you're struggling with, if any.
  8. What you're looking to get out of the editing process.
You may include all of this information in the initial contact email that you send me.




How much will editing my project cost me?


That depends on how much time and effort it requires to edit it, which is not something I really know before I've gotten my teeth into it. For a novel-length piece, you can expect to pay several hundred dollars for a single round of editing.




What's your process? How does this work?


After you reach out to me with your initial inquiry and we discuss some of the items mentioned in question #2, I will ask that you send me the entirety of the piece (provided it's been completed). I will do a quick read-through so I have an idea of what I think the piece needs and get back to you with an estimate.




Is the estimate a guarantee of what I will pay for my finished product?


No it is not. Sometimes clients will say they're looking for something they can send straight to a publisher, they want it perfect...but they might also say they only need help with punctuation and spelling. In my experience, those two things don't often jibe. The estimate is what we will base the deposit on. Once work begins, if I have a sense that there is more work needed than I initially thought, I will reach out to you to talk about what that means. We can work something out from there.




Why should I pay you to edit for me when I can just use Grammarly?


Well, you don't have to. But I can tell you that a human can understand context and humor and tone better than a piece of software. And Grammarly won't tell you if your main character has their name spelled two different ways, if they drove a Subaru in Chapter 1 and a Hyundai in Chapter 10, or if someone whose arm is supposed to be in a cast is suddenly punching another character in the face. Like many things in life, you can choose the cheap option and get shoddy results, or you can invest in a service and get real, valuable feedback.





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