Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Book editing services

How Do I Pay For Services?

I take all payments by way of PayPal or personal check in the mail. Once we agree on our terms, I will send you an invoice for services to the email on file with your PayPal address. Once payment is received, I will begin work on your pages per our agreement start date. If you need to pay by check, please notify me by email once it is sent so that I don’t miss it in the mail. Please contact me for my mailing address.

What Genres Do You Specialize In?

My niche specialties include crime drama, romantic suspense, true romance, thrillers, mysteries, detective, and pure suspense. With a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and three published novels in the romantic suspense/crime category, I am highly trained on aspects that will ensure your manuscript reaches both realism, thrill, and accuracy.  Whereas I do not specialize in science fiction, fantasy, westerns, noir, or historical fiction, I may consider your project depending on the circumstances after seeing a sample of your manuscript. 

Why Must I Sign a Contract for Services?

Depending on which service you choose, you will be asked to sign a letter of agreement. The contract is for the protection of both the client and the editor. It guarantees that your expectations are met according to the package you chose and paid for. You will clearly understand what you will receive with my performance and services while agreeing to payment, timeline, cancellation policies and production. The contract secures both parties and assures me of your commitment – thus prioritizing your manuscript.

How Do I Get Started?

Please send me an email about your project. I will then contact you with more information about how I can help. We will brainstorm over email about your needs, narrowing down a service of choice. If unclear, I offer a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to discuss my services and your needs. Once decided, I will send you a contract to sign and I will begin work on your manuscript as soon as possible. I make every effort to work on manuscript projects in order of receipt. You will be notified of my available start date.

What About Copyediting or Proofreading?

I am a trained and experienced adult educator at the college level both online and in person. My love is for literature and related stories. Obsessing about typos and errors is something I do already for my own books as an author and editor. I far prefer to focus on my client’s story, structure and development, thus instructing on how to make it a masterpiece of literature that publishers will pay for. Giving ideas, suggestions and feedback instead of worrying about errors and typos is how I can provide clients the best service. During a full developmental edit, I ‘may’ mark errors that pop out very obvious on the page as a courtesy. However, I am not responsible for the complete copyediting or proofreading of your book. Think of me as the ‘getting it ready’ for copyediting developmental instructor helping prepare your book to sell..

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What's the Difference Between a Critique and a Developmental Edit?

A manuscript critique is a deep read and analysis of your book that provides specialized feedback in a 10-15 page editorial letter. There is no page-by-page commentary on the manuscript. This is an ideal service if you are still working on prepping it for publication and desire to improve the structure prior to a developmental edit. It works best if you have just finished your first draft and need some guidelines before beginning your rewrite. It is also a prime choice if you are on a budget and cannot afford a developmental edit. A developmental edit takes nearly double the amount of time and includes page-by-page commentary, notes, feedback, markings and advice, along with a detailed editorial letter at the end much like with the critique service. It does not fix your errors, typos or issues. View my Services page HERE to learn more about these services.

What is Your Timeline


First two chapters – completed within 5 business days from the time of payment

Pay as you go – each lumped section of chapters you send with payment will be completed within 30 days or less. This will depend on how much you choose to send. On average 2-3 weeks.

Full manuscript up front – We will discuss a time frame depending on your word count, style of book and quality of writing (the better the writing, the less critiquing you need). Generally I have the entire manuscript done in 4-12 weeks. This will depend on any other manuscripts I am already working on and the complicated level or need of your book.

How Do I Pay for Services


I take all payments by way of PayPal or personal check in the mail. Once we agree on our terms, I will send you an invoice for services to the email on file with your PayPal address. Once payment is received, I will begin work on your pages per our agreement start date. If you need to pay by check, please notify me by email once it is sent so that I don’t miss it in the mail. Contact me for my mailing address.

Why is a Full Manuscript Critique Priced Less


When you sign a contract for a full manuscript critique and pay for half up front, I stand to earn a far larger amount of money since it is a full project. I charge slightly higher for a pay-as-you-go option since clients do have the ability to stop using the service at any point during the book, resulting in less income. A fiction manuscript critique service is all about seeing the entire work and how it flows together.

Do You Offer Anything for Free


Yes, several things. I will do a sample critique of your first 4 manuscript pages for free. This will give you an idea of what I have to offer you on a larger scale. I give a free 30-minute phone consultation after the completion of your first two chapters prior to signing a contract for the full project. I give away free fiction-writing video lessons created entirely by me on the ‘Free Gifts’ link on the homepage of my website (coming soon).

What Services do You NOT Offer


I don’t do fact checking, comments or corrections on the use of real names of places/historical events/people or titles and if/how they are correctly used.  I also do not do line editing for grammar, typos or errors. I focus my attention on the flow of the story without the added distraction or pressure of looking for errors. If I come across a major typo that jumps out at me, I will highlight it in yellow in your manuscript so you can fix it. If I see a pattern of errors that is repeated throughout your book (a grammatical style,etc.), I will write about it in my critique report. However, I do not guarantee I will do this for all errors and it is completely up to my choice and time availability as I work on your manuscript. 

Final Questions


Are My Payments Refundable


The signing on the contract commits you to whatever is agreed upon under its terms. Depending on the book, it can take weeks or a month to complete half of a manuscript. From the time you sign the contract, make a payment and I start on the book, the money is committed. I have likely turned down other clients or put them on a waiting list for yours. Once money is paid and I have started work on your manuscript, the payment is non-refundable. 

What About Talking on the Phone


You will receive a 30-minute phone consultation after I have completed a developmental fiction critique of your first two chapters, sent them back, and received confirmation you want to move forward. During this call, I will get to know you more, along with your writing goals. I will cover what I noticed about your manuscript, including some initial observations, feedback, praise or concerns for the project. Upon completion of your full manuscript critique or proofread, you will receive another free 30 minute phone call with me discussing your overall book. All other correspondence needs to be via email.  Additional phone calls about your book or services will be billed at $40 an hour even if the full hour isn’t used.  I also do not respond to text, as I require a written record of client-editor correspondence for legality purposes.

What About a Copy Edit


If you are using a developmental critique service, you likely will want to refrain from paying a line or copy editor until you are done developing your manuscript. From my suggestions and feedback, you will want to apply a multitude of changes to improve the book. This may result in adding new and fresh text that is just as susceptible to errors. Save the copy editing or proofing until we are done.

What Will Your Services Cost


You can find out more information about my pricing and fees HERE

Do You Combine Service


If you are happy with your developmental critique upon completion, you will need to work on revising your manuscript with them. Once you think you have it ready, you can return for a full proofread for a 10% discount. This will also allow me to see how well you have implemented my suggested changes. You can also opt to pay for a professional book review for advertising purposes, and extra phone consultations.

What if I Don't Like Your Commentary


I am honest in my observations of what I notice in your book. Writers have a tendency to feel overtly sensitive about their art. The purpose of a professional fiction book critique is just that – to have it critiqued so you as the writer can decide which suggestions or feedback you want to alter. I am always gracious and professional in my communications with clients with a thought-provoking teaching style. You are free to pick and choose which suggestions to implement into your manuscript from my services.

Contact Me

Better yet, see me in person!

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Booknote Literary Services

Located in Springfield, OR 97478, US

(541) 516-0990