What are your hours?
This is my full-time job, so I work normal business hours Monday through Friday. I occasionally work on the weekends. I respond to emails and phone calls promptly during normal business hours, and I will let you know ahead of time when I will be on vacation or otherwise unavailable.
Will you send me a contract for the work?
Yes! Before beginning work, I will draft a contract that clearly states my services and fees so that there are no misunderstandings. We will both sign the contract before I begin working on your project.
Do you require a deposit? How much is it?
Yes. The amount of the deposit depends on the type of project and the total cost. The deposit payment terms will be stated in the contract.
How do you accept payment?
I accept payment via PayPal or by check.
What is your publishing background?
In college, I was a copyeditor for my university’s newspaper and a prominent weekly newspaper, a writing consultant at the university’s writing center, and a content editor for the university’s literary journal. My first job out of college was at a multipurpose publishing company where I learned a vast amount about the industry. Large publishers outsourced their editorial work to us, and I managed a significant portion of that work. This included copyediting and proofreading, working with authors and publishers, and guiding books through all stages of editorial production. When I discovered that an academic publisher in South Florida was looking for a new managing editor, I applied and was offered the job. During my time there, I completely overhauled the editorial department and significantly increased the quality of titles produced. We produced about 80 titles a year, and those titles are currently sold in 15,000 retail locations across the country.
In the fall of 2012, I joined the Editorial Freelancers Association and created a professional website for myself. Once my website was up and running, authors and businesses began contacting me for editorial services. I took on a few projects, and when I found that I had to start turning a lot of people away (I was still working my full-time job), I realized I could become a full-time freelancer. So, I left the corporate world—and my two-hour commute to the office every day—and launched my freelance business officially in March 2013.
When can you start? How long will it take you to finish my project?
My schedule fills up quickly, and I am often booked two months in advance, so please contact me early to secure a spot in my schedule. The time it takes me to complete your project will depend on the type of editing your manuscript needs and the length of your manuscript. I do not work on rush projects or charge rush fees because I do not believe in rushing the editorial stages of the publishing process.
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What is your editing method?
I edit in Microsoft Word, and I use Track Changes to show my edits and Comments to insert queries to the author. I also adhere to a specific style manual and dictionary, and I always keep a style sheet.
What is your preferred method of communication?
My preferred method of communication is email. I am available by phone by appointment. I am also happy to schedule a time to meet you in person if we happen to be in the same area.
I live in Portland! Can we meet up to talk about my project?
Absolutely! I love having the chance to meet with clients in person.
What are your favorite types of books to edit?
I love the variety in my work that comes with being a freelancer. I have worked on all kinds of books, fiction and nonfiction, but I particularly enjoy mysteries, thrillers, women’s fiction, and memoirs.
What genres have you worked in?
Fiction: contemporary fiction, cozies, drama, fantasy, genre fiction, humor, mystery, new adult, romance, science fiction, suspense, thriller, YA/young adult
Nonfiction: biography, business, education, environmental science, history, languages, leadership, management, memoir, nursing, philosophy, politics, religion, social sciences, travel
What are your major editing accomplishments?
To me, my biggest editing accomplishment has been being able to freelance full-time. Having gained invaluable skills from working in the industry—with publishers, authors, and various types of manuscripts—has allowed me to be where I am today, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Are you willing to provide an editing sample?
Yes. I will edit a 2,000-word sample to determine the amount of editing or proofreading needed. The sample will be provided to you at no charge, along with a detailed proposal. Please allow 3–5 business days for me to complete the sample edit and prepare a proposal.
How many times will you read my manuscript?
Most copyedits will have at least two passes. Proofreads will have one pass.
Do you keep a style sheet?
Yes. I keep a detailed style sheet for all copyediting and proofreading projects, and I will deliver the style sheet to you with the copyedited or proofed manuscript.
Will you look at the manuscript again after I have reviewed your changes and made revisions?
Yes. For a predetermined and agreed upon hourly rate or fixed price, I will review your responses to any queries left in the manuscript during editing, I will incorporate your changes or revisions, and I will edit any material that you added or changed during your review.
How do you pronounce your last name?
It’s pronounced Zay-Zak. Learning how to spell it is trickier!
Why should I hire you?
If you are looking for quality editorial services comparable to those of a traditional publisher, you have come to the right place. I have years of real-world publishing industry experience, and I will do everything I can to make sure you have a polished manuscript ready for publication or submission to an agent or publisher.