FAQ

Interested in working with me and need some more information? Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions below.

When’s your next free spot on your schedule?

Email me to find out my current schedule. If you have a short work or just need something proofread, I may be able to schedule you between bigger projects. If you have a novel-length work, I may be more limited when I can fit you in. As a general rule, most freelance editors are filled up a few months in advance, so if you know you’re going to need freelance editing, contact editors as soon as you can to book your spot.

How do I reserve a spot on your schedule?

Email me with the word count, genre, type of edits you are looking for, and the dates you’re looking to reserve. If you’re unable to provide a word count because a work is still in progress or being or revised, I’ll need a rough estimate. To secure your dates, I ask for a down payment of one-third of the entire balance to reserve your spot (via Paypal or check). The other two-thirds of the balance will be due upon completion—I will email you before I start edits to confirm start and completion dates. The remaining balance will be due within seven days of completion. I will return your completed manuscript as soon as I’ve received your final payment. If your work is under 5,000 words (approximately 20 double-spaced pages), the full payment amount will be due upfront.

Do you offer an editing sample?

I do! In fact, I encourage new clients to do a sample edit with me to make sure I’m a good fit for the project and that the client is comfortable with my editing style. I will provide a sample edit of the first 1,500 words (about five double-spaced pages) of your manuscript. Just let me know what type of edits you’re seeking, and I will work through it with that level of edit. Please keep in mind that a sample developmental edit won’t be very robust, since it’s a small sample.

What is your editing process?

I generally do one round of edits (unless you’ve hired me for the Make it a Double). The length of time will depend on the length of your material and what type of edits you need, but in general, I can edit 30-40 pages a day on a project. I do work a full-time day job, so I’m not as fast as some full-time freelance editors. Once I return the manuscript to you, I’m happy to answer questions, clarify comments, or help you brainstorm feasible solutions for any issues. I strive to leave my customers completely satisfied, so if you have any questions or concerns about my edits, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Will you proofread my manuscript?

Absolutely!

Will you edit my non-fiction?

My expertise is in fiction, so I encourage you seek another editor who specializes in non-fiction. If you need a non-fiction piece proofread, email me with more information, and I may be able to offer that service.

What material do you not edit?

I reserve the right to pass on any project that doesn’t fit in my schedule or exceeds the realm of my editing expertise. I would love to edit every last project in the universe, but I’m only able to freelance part-time, so I have to be selective in the projects that I take on. I also have the most experience with genre fiction, so if you have mainstream or literary fiction, non-fiction, or children’s books, I will most likely encourage you to find another editor. Let me know if you need a recommendation. I have a few connections with editors who specialize in other areas.

Will you format or typeset my manuscript for self-publishing?

No, I do not offer those services at this time.

Am I required to hire a freelance editor to submit my manuscript to agents or publishers, or to self-publish?

Hiring a freelance editor is never required. If an agent or publisher is asking you to pay for editing before you submit, I would encourage you to look elsewhere, because that is pretty shady. However, if you are self-publishing, I do recommend hiring an editor to make sure your manuscript is polished and professional. Self-published books are being sold right there with traditionally published books and other self-published works. If you take the time and spend the money to have your manuscript edited, your work will have an edge in this competitive market. You can decide on the level of edits you deem appropriate, but at the very least, hire a proofreader. I’d even recommend you hire a different proofreader after any other editing you have done if you are self-publishing. Get as many pairs of eyes on a work as you can, because in my experience, no one person can catch everything.

If I pay a freelance editor, am I guaranteed to get an agent or is my manuscript guaranteed to be traditionally published?

Having your work professionally edited will give you an edge, but, as frustrating as it may sound, nothing is guaranteed in publishing. I can help you strengthen your manuscript and get it into professional shape, but I can’t make any guarantees. I will do the best edit I can, but in the end, it’s going to take a lot of hard work and a bit of luck to break into the publishing industry. Keep trying. If you write good stories, chances are good that you will eventually get paid for your work.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your reservation at least a month before your edits are due to start, your down payment will be 100% refunded. If you cancel between a month to two weeks before your edits are due to start, your down payment will be 50% refunded. For cancellations less than two weeks before edits are supposed to start, no refund will be given. If I don’t receive your manuscript by our agreed-upon date and you don’t reply to my email to reschedule, your down payment will not be refunded. Please email me as soon as possible if there are extenuating circumstances. Emergencies happen, so I try to be flexible in working with you.

What is your rescheduling policy?

If my schedule allows it, I am more than happy to reschedule projects. If you need to push a project back, let me know, and we can work to arrange a new timeline. Please keep in mind that I can’t always promise I will have time available, so please try to provide your manuscript and payment in a timely manner.

What is your refund policy once you’ve started edits?

It doesn’t happen often, but there are rare times while editing that I realize a manuscript isn’t for me. Whether the subject matter isn’t something I’m comfortable editing, or I believe the manuscript needs too much craft work, I may return the manuscript without completing the edits. In those cases, I will only charge the client for the pages I have edited. The balance of the unedited pages will be refunded, if applicable, and the portion I edited will be delivered to the client. If it comes to that, I will always contact my client to explain why I feel I’m not the right editor for the project and to confirm how to refund any remaining balance.

Have questions not covered in my FAQ? Shoot me an email at: sara@selundberg.com