Frequently Asked Questions*
*or questions you might ask that I probably have the answer to.
1. What kind of book manuscripts do you edit?
I love young adult fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. I'm also a sucker for contemporary literature and romance fiction. If you have diverse characters -- POC, LGBTQ, etc. -- EVEN BETTER.
However, if you're looking for someone to edit your horror novel, cook book, poetry, or a psychological thriller, I'm probably not the right editor for you.
2. Why is your focus so specific?
Getting the attention of an agent or editor is hard work -- but it's especially hard work for stories with marginalized characters. I really want to help writers who have POC and queer characters, and unique storylines, deliver the strongest manuscript possible so that they can have the best chance with their query. Or, better yet, publishing their own work!
3. Do you do other types of editing (like for applications/etc.)
Sure. Let's talk.
4. Can I retain your services for a specific amount of time?
Sure! Maybe. It really depends on the scope of work, the consistency of the work, and what you ultimately want to get out of our working together. My service fees are based off of one-off projects from clients, but if, say, you want me to edit your next five books or essays or reports, or would like me to be generally available to edit your work over the course of 3, 6, or 12 months, we can talk about what works!
5. How do I know you won't steal my work?
I have a very specific writing style, as do you. My interest is only in helping you produce the highest quality writing possible, not in hawking it off as my own.
7. Can you guarantee that I'll get my book published?
No. I really can't; no one can. However, I can absolutely guarantee that not having an editor is going to make publishing 1000% harder. Putting your best foot forward with an agent and a potential publishing house means querying with your strongest possible work.
9. Do you edit poetry, short fiction, or personal essays/memoir?
I am not a big poetry person, so unfortunately, I'm probably not the best editor for you. Although I enjoy short stories, it's also not really my field of interest in terms of editing.
Memoirs and personal essays are a tricky beast in that sometimes I love them and sometimes they stress me out deeply. If you think you could benefit from my editing, reach out to me and I'll consider on a case-by-case basis.
9. Can I get a refund if I don't like your feedback?
Nay. There are absolutely no refunds. There's a lot of focus, time, and energy that goes into editing any project, just as there's a lot of focus, time, and energy that goes into the work you've produced. I can't get that energy back. We may not see eye-to-eye on my edits or feedback, but it will still nonetheless be valuable for you as a writer to have a professional review your work.