I've always liked learning about people and helping people. At the University of Southern California, I double majored in history and art history and choose a joint minor in ancient religions and classical languages. During my first semester in college, I was briefly inspired by one of my peers to consider triple majoring but then decided doing so would probably be too ambitious of an undertaking for me (especially if I wanted to get any sleep and attend football games). That said, I spent a lot of time reading about various topics, writing academic papers, and critiquing other people's work.
Today, editing gives me the chance to do many of the things that I enjoy: reading, writing, and helping others. Thank you for stopping by and perhaps considering me for your project. If you have any questions or concerns, I'd be happy to hear from you.
- Free Sample Edit: If you're considering hiring me for your project, I can do a free sample edit for you. That way you can get a sense of my editing style, and I can better gauge how much time the project will likely take me to complete. Any excerpt sent to me for free sample editing should be no more than 1,000 words long.
- E-mail: The best way to reach me is by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I will generally send you a reply within twenty-four hours of receiving your e-mail.
- Years as an Editor: I've been working as a freelance editor for five years.
- Languages: I can edit in either US and UK English. I am a native US English speaker. I have also done the odd job here and there in Canadian English.
- Writing Style Guides: I work most frequently with the Chicago Manual of Style, but I'm also comfortable with MLA and APA. If your publisher (or school or professor) has an in-house style guide, I'm happy to follow the customized guide as long as you provide it.
- Editing Methods: Most of my editing is done using the features that fall under the Track Changes umbrella in Microsoft Word. I am also perfectly comfortable with editing in Adobe using the program's text edit comments. Finally, if you have another preference for the editing method, I'm open to hearing your suggestion.
- Rate for Copyediting: I charge $5 per 250 words for copyediting. (The publishing industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words.) This works out to $0.02 per word.
- Rate for Proofreading: I charge $4 per 250 words for proofreading. (The publishing industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words.) This works out to $0.016 per word.
- Nondisclosure Agreements: If whatever you want me to review deals with sensitive topics and you'd like me to sign a nondisclosure agreement before any work begins, that's fine. Please provide the relevant paperwork, and I'll promptly fill it out and return it.
- Profile with the Editorial Freelancer's Association
- Reviews on Freelancer.com
What I Edit
- Academic work: Term papers, theses or dissertations, and articles intended for publication
- Nonfiction: Self-help books, how-to manuals, and accounts of religious or spiritual journeys
- Fiction: Anything goes!
- Poetry: Free or formal verse poetry
- Miscellaneous items: Website content (including articles or blog posts), brochures, convention programs, product descriptions, and pretty much anything else that features writing intended to be read
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
- Will you still do a sample edit if my entire work is less than 1,000 words?
- How do you figure out the charge if my entire work is less than 250 words?
- Are your rates negotiable?
- How do payments work?
- Can we talk over the phone?
- Can we meet in person?
The copyediting services that I provide are a more intense version of proofreading with some line editing thrown into the mix as well. Put simply, when I copyedit written work, I read through it line by line to check on a number of things, including sentence structure, formatting, grammar, spelling, and intended meaning. And although it doesn't fall strictly within the copyediting umbrella, I will also do general fact-checking when I read your work.
If you say that the Mona Lisa was painted by Picasso, I'll leave a note for you about how it definitely wasn't. Or if you have one of your main characters running up a staircase in a one-story house, I'll point out the discrepancy. As a person who cares first and foremost about creating a high-quality end product, I will put forth my best efforts to help polish your writing. Of course, at the end of the day, you are free to accept or reject any of my suggested edits.
My proofreading services still entail a line-by-line reading of your work, but the assumption here is that whatever you've written is already well refined and just about ready to go. When proofreading, I carefully review a written work to make sure that no little mistakes still exist. Sometimes this means adding a closing quotation mark that has been accidentally left out or correcting one odd instance of the word lead to led.
If you aren't sure whether you work needs a copyedit or a proofread, you can let me know when you initially contact me. I'd be happy to give you my opinion after I've seen your work either through the free sample edit or when I begin editing the work itself (if you decide to skip the sample edit). In my experience, most people who say that they are looking for an editor are seeking a copyedit; however, if you know that all you need is a proofreader, then of course I'm happy to provide those services as well.
Note though that I do not specialize in developmental editing. If you're an aspiring writer looking for someone to give you intense feedback on your overall story and how your characters can be further developed, I am not the right person for the job. If you're a student, know that I am more than willing to help you improve your paper, but I will not write it for you.
Will you still do a sample edit if my entire work is less than 1,000 words?
If you are a blogger or an individual who is looking to start a long-term business relationship with me, then yes, I will happily do a sample edit of something that is less than 1,000 words in its entirety. This means that you can send me something such as an entire blog post, and I'll edit it for free so that you can get an idea of my editing style. In this case, please also send me a link to your blog or a project description so that I'll have a better sense of what I may be getting myself involved in overall.
If, however, you've got something such as a paper that's less than 1,000 words in its entirety, you'll just have to take a risk on me and pay the standard fee if you want me to edit it. The good news here is that unlike other editors, I don't have a minimum fee that I charge when taking on a project; instead, I calculate everything based on my posted rates: $5 per 250 words for copyediting and $4 per 250 words for proofreading. This means that a document with 1,000 words costs $20 for a copyedit and $16 for a proofread. These prices are incredibly reasonable for the publishing industry, especially for the caliber of work you can expect to get from me.How do you figure out the charge if my entire work is less than 250 words?
The rate of $5 per 250 words for copyediting or $4 per 250 words for proofreading is still applied to your work. Note that the rate for copyediting works out to $0.02 per word and that the rate for proofreading works out to $0.016 per word. So, for example, if you have a document that is 75 words long, then it would cost $1.50 for a copyedit and $1.20 for a proofread.Are your rates negotiable?
Yes, they are. But only to a certain extent. If you're considering hiring me, please understand that I take my work very seriously and believe in providing a high-quality end product. Having said that, I also firmly believe in being fairly compensated for what I do. This is how I make a living after all.
However, I realize that in the publishing world, clients have different preferences for working out editing rates. I am completely open to being paid hourly or by some other method of tracking work as long as at the end of the day I feel I'm being fairly compensated for the time I spend copyediting or proofreading.How do payments work?
Payments can be made electronically via Google Wallet or PayPal. Alternatively, I also accept checks sent via snail mail. If you have a different preferred method of payment, let me know. I will do what I can to accommodate.
Generally, if the estimated cost for a given project is less than $120, then payment will be due upon completion of the job. When I've finished reviewing your work, I'll send it to you along with an invoice.
However, if the estimated cost for a given project is more than $120, I'll likely ask you to break up the amount due into at least two payments. The first will be an advance of $50 or 20% of the total estimated cost (whichever is higher) as a show of good faith on your part that you're committed to seriously hiring me for your project. As such, I will not begin transcribing your work until I have received the advance.
After that, the rest of the total estimated cost is typically either due in full after I've completed the project or broken into two more equal payments: one to be made when I'm halfway through the project and the other to be made when I've completed the entire project.
Regardless of how payments are made, I will always either provide you with a receipt to acknowledge an advance or send you an invoice to reflect the outstanding amount that is due immediately.Can we talk over the phone?
While I'll be the first to admit that it's very rare for a client to want to talk over the phone, if you wish to speak in real time in order to address any concerns or go over the feedback that I've provided regarding your work, I am available to speak either over the phone or via a Skype call. Such a meeting is not covered under the basic charge for my copyediting or proofreading services though. Phone calls cost $45 for the first thirty minutes and then $8 for each additional chunk of ten minutes.Can we meet in person?
It's very rare for a client to want to meet in person in order to discuss the work that I've done either in a copyediting or proofreading capacity, but if you'd like to do so, then I am willing. I'm available to meet people who are located in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. While I can travel to some extent for the meeting, I'd prefer to get together in either Downtown Los Angeles or the city of Orange.
Note that an in-person meeting is not covered under the standard charge for my copyediting or proofreading services. Face-to-face meetings cost $200 for the day. It's the same rate no matter how long the meeting itself is, so we can chat for a couple of hours or six hours if you'd like. A limiting factor will of course be our individual schedules on the chosen meeting day.
On a lighter note, if you want to meet for three hours or longer, I'm game, but I'll definitely need to eat a snack during the meeting itself. My stomach grumbles quite loudly when I'm hungry, so I'd rather do what I can to try to minimize that distraction. Plus, work just doesn't get done as well on an empty stomach.