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Getting Started . . .

Editing or Proofreading

Before you contact me (or any editor), you should have some idea of the answers to the following questions.


What service or services do you require?

See the Services/Rates page for a complete list of services with definitions.

What is your budget?

You should have an idea of what you are willing and able to spend before you request an estimate.

What is your timeline?

Timelines will depend on the editing process and the size of your manuscript, but you should have a preferred turn-around time in mind, and we'll negotiate from there.

Do you have a preferred style to follow?

Popular styles include Chicago style, AP, MLA, Strunk and White,

and many others. If you don't have a preference, I will use

Chicago style. If you have a preference other than Chicago,

I will do my best to accommodate.

Once you have answers to these questions, you're ready to

contact me. Even if you don't have answers to these questions,

contact me anyway. We'll discuss your needs and expectations,

costs, and the specifics of the editing process.

Interior Design

You may think you're ready to design your own interior with Microsoft Word, but a word (pun intended!) of caution . . . Don't do it!


Unless you're an expert at the design capabilities of Word (and you don't mind fighting with the software for control), you'll probably find it difficult to create truly beautiful and professional design. Word is fantastic for writing and editing, but it was never meant for design and still leaves a lot to be desired.

If you want a clean, professional, and unique interior layout—without the hassle of having to do it yourself—let's talk! Here's what I need to know to put together an estimate:

  • Type of book—novel, how-to book, poetry chapbook, etc.

  • Book dimensions (6 x 9, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, etc.)—it's up to you!

  • Current word count or number of manuscript pages (to give me a rough idea of the length)

  • Special pages—glossary, appendixes, indexes, etc.

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