Below is a short list of my frequently asked questions:
Are you accepting new clients?
Yes. Of course. Sometimes someone has to wait a few months (this is especially true if all my existing clients are trying to have their WIPs edited), but new clients are always welcome.
Will you turn away clients?
Unfortunately, yes. There are not enough hours in the day.
Are your prices high?
I have no idea. Most freelancers don’t offer their prices online (you must call them for a consultation), and the ones I’ve spoken with don’t tell me what they charge. (Nor do I ask; that’s rude.)
My prices are set due to the time spent on each edit. They will change from time to time (a little down for one thing, a little up for another), but these are pretty standard for most authors. There is the occasional author who writes clean manuscripts that need little work. That author will not pay the prices on the Home Page, because they will not need the same work as most manuscripts.
If you think you’re that author, please don’t let my prices scare you. Contact me.
Will you tell me what other authors are paying?
I will not, but you can contact them and ask. They might tell you; I’m not sure. Ask for a reference while you’re there. 🙂
Do you barter?
You never know. Generally I do not, however I need help to run my business just as you need help running yours. It never hurts to ask, so please do!
What else do you do?
Apparently, I’m a hybrid editor. (I didn’t make this up; editors told me I was doing more than editing.) I’m not an agent.
I will content edit your manuscript for publishing house and and agent submission without changing your voice (it’s important they see your unvarnished writing, but we want your story solid), and I will edit your WIP from the ground up for self-publishing. I don’t ghost write, but I might add a few sentences with a comment for you to “make it pretty.”
I will also talk with you about book pricing, the pros and cons of self-publishing v. traditionally publishing, and will help you research agents and houses. This service is free for 2013, but it will be charged for in 2014. (How, I’m not sure yet.)
At the Romance Writer’s of America annual conference this year, I met with a few editors and collected several agents and acquiring editors’ emails. Now I’m contacting houses trying to find homes for the authors who are polished enough to get them. This is like an agent, but I won’t negotiate contracts, and I don’t take 15%. If I hear of a submission call–I tell my clients. If I hear of a new marketing campaign–I tell my clients.
Social media is used to discuss my manuscripts and clients (in general), and often small presses show interest. Ideally, this will generate interest in the authors who hire me. Also ideally, the interest will grow.
I attend local RWA meetings and participate in workshops and Twitter discussions to keep abreast of the industry. I go out of my way to meet industry people so you don’t have to. (Though you should try meeting them anyway.)
I’ve talked authors through pitches and writing synopses and have even coached authors on how to introduce themselves to agents without appearing too eager.
This is “what else” I do.
If I can’t help my authors with something, I search for someone who can.