WHAT KINDS OF BOOKS DO YOU WORK ON?
We work on most genres of fiction, including fantasy, YA, romance, erotica, literary fiction, historical fiction, and thrillers. As for nonfiction, we specialize in general nonfiction, self-help, memoir, and cookbooks.
how do i pay you?
Once we agree on a price and schedule for your project, we will email you an invoice for 50% of the full price of the project, which is due before work begins. An invoice for the final 50% payment will be sent during the editing process and is due before your edits are returned. The invoice includes links to pay via PayPal or credit card. You may also send checks to the address listed on the invoice, but please note that work will not begin (and your edited files will not be sent to you) until your check has cleared.
Payment plans are available upon request – just ask!
Smaller projects, such as manuscript evaluations and partial edits, will be billed in full before the work begins.
Do you use a contract?
Sure do! We use an industry standard contract outlining the scope, pricing, and schedule of the work, plus boring (but important) legal stuff like confidentiality and ownership. Email us if you would like to see a copy of a sample contract before booking work.
how do you set your rates?
Our rates are based on industry pricing guidelines such as those listed by the Editorial Freelancers Association. Our rates are not the cheapest in the business, but remember that old adage about getting what you pay for. When you hire Kristen, you are getting a highly trained professional who spends the better part of her waking hours (and some of the dreaming ones too) thinking about words and stories.
Do you review books you have edited?
Once we have worked on your book, we are invested in your success and therefore can't give an unbiased review. So we don't review books we have worked on, but we do love to hear about your progress. We are happy to post about your book launch on our social media channels and to include your book in our monthly newsletter.
what style guides and references do you use?
For fiction and most nonfiction, The Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary are the industry standard references. That said, Chicago is not primarily written for editors of fiction, and so we supplement with other style guides and – most often – by checking what other authors in your genre are doing. When it comes to word usage and spelling, we consult a number of sources, including The Oxford English Dictionary, Google Ngram, and Urban Dictionary.