Book — whether a novel, nonfiction or short story collection

We speak on the phone, on Skype or through e-mail. You describe your writing and what you want the final result to be. Electronic work will be done with MS Word. If you send a manuscript via FedEx or UPS, include a return envelope and label.

How long the editing process takes depends entirely on the state of the manuscript, the density of the content and how much personal attention you want. If, near the end of the process, it seems helpful to meet personally and you’re local, we can if you wish.

Even a highly technical book can often benefit from relying on plain English. See Example

We continue until you’re satisfied that it’s in clear language and that your individual voice is lucid and true.

The fee is $65 per hour.* To estimate the cost, e-mail the first ten pages — not including the introduction or summary. Let me know the number of any illustrations that will affect a page count. Then I’ll approximate the number of hours needed to complete the work. Half is due up front, and the remainder when the work is finished.

* Why charge by the hour, not by the word or page? Each project is different. A novel in good shape might be edited at 15 pages per hour, a dense technical dissertation at 4 to 6 pages an hour. Also, different people want different levels of attention. A phone exchange or face-to-face might be brief or extended — that’s up to you. An hourly rate is fairest for both. In some cases a sliding fee might be possible.