Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Questions about editing

For more information about developmental editing and my working process, you might be interested in the following blog posts:

What are the different types of editing?

What aspects of a manuscript does developmental editing look at?

How does the editing process work?

Questions about working together

Why do you need to see my manuscript before giving me a quote?

The editing process is unique to each manuscript, and I may ask to have a look at your work in order to guide you towards the right service or to give you a quote (where the price is not stated on the website). Every manuscript has different strengths and different needs, and by assessing what sort of editorial guidance would benefit you the most, I can provide you with a better idea of how much my services will cost and how long the edit will take.

Rest assured that I will keep your manuscript confidential and store all files securely. For more information, see my privacy policy.

My manuscript isn’t SFF/LGBTQ+. Can I still hire you?

Every editor is different—each will have different approaches, working methods and perspectives. Editing is a very collaborative and communicative process, and it’s very important to find an editor who is a good match for you and your work.

My areas of expertise are:

  • science fiction, fantasy and other speculative fiction (for adults and young adults);
  • fiction featuring LGBTQIA+ characters (for adults and young adults).

That doesn’t mean that I won’t look at manuscripts that don’t fall within these categories; SFF and LGBTQ+ books are simply what I have most experience working with and what I typically enjoy editing the most.

If you feel that my working style and approach to editing is what you’re looking for but your novel doesn’t come under those areas, I am happy to chat to you about what you need and whether I can provide that. (Please note that I don’t edit any type of non-fiction, including memoir.)

If either of us decides that we aren’t a good match, I’ll always endeavour to recommend some editing colleagues who might better suit your needs.

What are your payment terms?

For short-term services (such as manuscript evaluations), I require full payment upfront before the project is scheduled to begin.

In the case of larger projects (such as VOYAGE and ACCELERATE), I am happy to discuss splitting the payment into instalments. All instalments must be paid before the project is complete and I reserve the right to withhold delivery of final edits until payment has been made in full.

For bookings made more than a month in advance, I require a deposit of £250 or 10% of the project quote (whichever is the least) to hold your slot in my schedule. If the project goes ahead as planned, this will be taken off the invoice when full payment is due. If you cancel the project, the deposit will be retained as a cancellation fee.

For more payment terms, please see my terms and conditions.

Do you have a complaints policy?

I ask for and value feedback from all of my clients so that I can continually improve my services. As a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, I abide by their Code of Fair Practice and I am committed to resolving any issues quickly and fairly. If you are unhappy with my services for any reason, please contact me in the first instance so that we can discuss the situation and come to an agreement about how best to move forward.