Words Beta Read
How It Works
If this is your first time working with an editor, rest assured that I make a conscious effort to be critical, yet courteous.
Education and ExperienceI hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Hawaii. I am also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. You may review my editing experience here.
Edit with Track ChangesI will edit your work, making suggestions with the Track Changes feature. I currently use Microsoft Word 2016. It will be your responsibility to ensure readability of my suggestions and comments.
Language and StyleBorn and raised in the United States, I am most comfortable editing in American English. I have an active subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style and utilize this guide while editing.
DictionaryI maintain a paid subscription to Merriam-Webster Online. While editing, I cross-check spellings with their online version of the Collegiate Dictionary. Also available: Merriam-Webster Unabridged.
Complimentary SampleTo assure that we are on the same page and you understand my editing style and commentary, I am happy to provide a complimentary two-page sample edit of your manuscript.
TimelineI will provide you with an approximate turnaround time for your project to ensure we meet your publication goals. An e-mail notification will be sent shortly before work begins.
CommunicationI am readily available for discussion of your project via e-mail, Facebook messenger, Hangouts, telephone, and Skype. Telephone and video discussions must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
ConfidentialityDetails of your manuscript including title, release date, and story will be kept under strict confidence until publication. Your work will never be presented as an editing sample to prospective clients.
Letter of AgreementTo ensure peace of mind, each project is booked with a letter of agreement, signed by both parties, outlining terms and conditions including cost, services, timeline, confidentiality, and communication.
Booking Deposit & Rush FeesA 20% non-refundable deposit will be due upon booking of a project. Clients wishing to get onto my schedule within two weeks from initial contact will need to pay a 50% rush fee.
Since interest in the work is an important factor for some authors seeking an editor, my personal interests include science fiction, fantasy fiction, young adult, children’s fiction, dystopian, and mystery/detective novels. If you are interested, you can also check out my Books Read list. Personal interests aside, I have worked in numerous genres outside of my personal interests including action/adventure, children’s picture books, romance, erotic romance, horror, and non-fiction.
I offer four types of editing services, all of which are outlined below (click on the icons to read more). Proofreading projects are currently handled by my assistants, Carla and Cheryl. If you read through all the services pages and are still not sure what is best for you and your manuscript, please contact me so we can begin discussing your needs and how I can help you.
If you prefer visuals, you can watch a two-minute video that outlines my main services: