What genres will you edit?
I’m open to most genres but I have my specialities, which are romance and crime fiction (including cozy mysteries). I tend not to edit heavy science fiction as it’s not a genre I’m familiar with. Email me to discuss your requirements.
How long will an edit take?
That depends on various factors, such as the length of your manuscript and the type of editing. As a rough rule of thumb and for an average novel (around the 80,000-word mark), I give a turnaround time of two to three weeks. Please bear in mind, though, that I might not be able to start on your novel straight away. I am often booked in advance by authors, so the earlier you can get in touch the better.
Do you work only with British authors?
Not at all! I’m happy to work with authors from other countries. All I ask is that you are proficient in the language in which you are writing.
What equipment do you use?
Thanks to my trusty in-house tech guru (and long-suffering other half) I have only the most up-to-date technology. I edit using Microsoft Word 2016 with the Track Changes function enabled. I also have various other programs and add-ons to streamline the editing process and make it more efficient, including PerfectIt and special macros to help me with repetitive tasks. I have a comprehensive reference library which includes various dictionaries, style guides and books on crime process and procedure. For e-book formatting, I use Vellum.
Do you work to specific style guides?
Unless otherwise asked, I work either to New Hart’s Rules for British authors or the Chicago Manual of Style for authors writing in US English. These are industry standard. There may be some small deviations from these as they are not solely intended for fiction. Anything I choose to do differently will be marked on my own style sheet, which every client receives.
How do I pay?
Full details will be given when we decide to work with each other. For UK clients, I prefer bank transfer. For overseas clients, or those who cannot use bank transfer, I accept PayPal, but this does attract a small surcharge to cover fees. I usually ask for 50% deposit upfront for new clients when booking, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of receipt of the edited manuscript. I do offer payment plans for those who wish to spread the cost, particularly when combining editing packages.