the business stuff - how payment and scheduling works
1. Sample Edit
Are we a good fit? I will edit a sample of your work (500-1000 words). This helps to not only determine the appropriate level of edit and time required but also clarifies for both of us whether we will be a good team. (This is a bit tricky for a developmental edit or a manuscript evaluation, but I do need to see your manuscript to be able to give you a quote.)
When I return your sample edit, I will also send you a quote for the project cost.
If you like the sample edit and would like to work with me, we’ll schedule a time slot that works for both of us.
Once we’ve agreed on cost/time, I will send you a contract outlining terms that protect both your interests and mine.
5. First Payment
After our contract is signed, I will invoice you for a deposit of 50% of the project cost. Once this payment is received, editing work may begin, according to our agreed-upon schedule.
6. Final Payment
When the work is nearly complete, I will send you an invoice for the final 50% of the project cost. On the final day of our scheduled time slot, and once I receive your payment, I will return your edited manuscript. Yeah!
After each payment, I will send you a receipt. Remember that if you are an independent author, editing fees are tax deductible.