How much do your services cost?
Costs will vary depending on which service you are looking for, and how complex your project is. Price ranges are noted in the Proofreading & Copy Editing and the Technical Writing sections of this site.
Why are some of your costs hourly, and some per word?
I charge per word whenever possible. I believe this is the best way to be fair and transparent for my clients. You deserve to know how much you will be paying before signing a contract.
However, there are some projects, such as technical writing, where charging a per word rate is unrealistic. Technical writing may involve meetings, multiple revisions, and a number of discussions with SMEs or other company personnel. This makes it nearly impossible to charge by the word.
Do I really need an editor?
Yes. Editing is important, even for the best writers. A fresh, unbiased perspective will always improve a written work. When you are the author of a work, you understand that work in an intimate way that no one else can. This is necessary for good writing, but also makes it easy to miss problems that might stand out to your readers.
How do I know you’re the right editor for me?
The short answer is research. More specifically, read through the information on my page, as well as the information provided by other editors. If it looks like we might be a good match, but are still a bit uncertain, send me an e-mail with any questions you have. I will only accept a project if I believe I can provide exceptional results. I know it can be a little scary to hire a freelancer. We don’t work for internationally recognized companies. There are bad people out there. It’s hard to know who to trust when dealing with strangers on the internet. That’s why you need to research me, and every other editor you consider. Google us. Look us up on Writer Beware. Find our Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles, and other social media outlets. Then, make an informed decision. I hope you choose me; but more importantly, I hope you are happy with the person you choose.
Is there any work you won’t accept?
Yes. While I love to stray from my specialties and learn new things, there are certain areas in which I simply don’t have a strong enough background to be worth your money. Is it possible I could do a good job if I tried? Sure. But I’d rather not use you as a guinea pig to find out.
Following is a list of projects I am not currently accepting:
- Specialized/complicated technical or medical field writing
- Doctoral level papers or projects
- Political writing
- Investigative journalism
- Developmental editing
- Research or fact-checking
- Obviously, if I notice a glaring factual error, I will bring it to your attention. But, please keep in mind, many subjects (history, science fiction, travel, medical, etc.) are dependent on factual accuracy to be successful. I am willing to accept such works for basic proofreading. However, if it is a subject in which I am not well versed, it is unlikely I will notice any factual inaccuracies.
Do you accept projects on subjects that are not listed on your home page?
Yes. Probably even yours. However, if your work is in a topic or genre I am familiar with, you’ll have some extra bonuses such as:
- I’ll be able to complete pages more quickly than I would with subject matter of which I am unfamiliar. This will get your work to publication faster, and you’ll have lower costs.
- Although I don’t provide fact-checking services, I may notices inaccurate facts when I am familiar with the subject matter.
- Fictional works often have certain subtleties, themes, and variations in syntax that differ slightly from genre to genre. While this won’t significantly affect basic proofreading, if you are looking for more in-depth editing, it may be beneficial to find an editor who specializes in the genre of your work.
Why can’t I just have my friend do this for free?
You can. Perhaps even with good results. However, if you are considering this option, make sure you can answer “yes” to ALL of the following questions. It will only take one “no” to create serious problems for your final product, your publishing timeline, and quite possibly your friendship.
- Does your friend stay up to date on grammar, punctuation, and the latest changes in word usage?
- Does your friend read, write, and proofread frequently?
- Is your friend willing to make your work a priority, even if you are not paying for the service?
- Is your friend willing to sign a contract?
- Can you and your friend work together without distracting each other from the task at hand?
- Are you and your friend able to give and take criticism with no negative effects on your relationship?
If you can, with 100% certainty, answer “YES!” to all of these questions, I’d say it’s definitely worth a try.
I still have a question, but I can’t find an answer here, or elsewhere on your site.
Did you already look at the related section on my main page? If so, go to my Contact page, or send me an e-mail at VeronicaSchultzEditing@gmail.com. I’d love to answer any questions you may have.