FAQ

Why “The Girl with the Green Pen”?

Most edits are made with a red pen. If someone critiques your manuscript, they’re most likely going to cover it with red ink, right? Not so much here. I make all my notes in green because I like to reflect the idea of moving forward. Green means go, it means spring, it means new life. These are all ways to think of your revisions, and they’re how I like to think of the editing process.

Why should I hire a freelance editor?

I wrote a series of blog posts on this topic here . The short answer is that you should use a freelance editor without question if you’re self-publishing. If you’re not self-publishing, then the answer is to use one when you’ve exhausted all your resources. Your CPs have no new insights, you’re clueless, and you’re still not happy with the manuscript. More detail is in those blog posts linked to above.

I read through all your services, but I’m still not sure which one is right for me.
OR
I read through all your services, but I think I want a critique you don’t describe.
What do I do?

Email me using the “Submit” page! I’d love to chat about a critique crafted to suit you.

Is there a contract or agreement between us?

I have an Editorial Agreement we can both sign. It’s not necessary, but if you want some extra security, it’s an option.

Do you have sample edits I could see?

Sure! If you want to see how I mark up a manuscript with track changes and comments, I’m happy to critique a few pages free of charge.

I’m a student / financially struggling, but I really want to work with you. Is there an option for someone like me?

I’m so glad you asked! First, if you don’t have the funds but do have another skill (web design, etc.), I’m happy to discuss a swap. Secondly, there’s a scholarship option. As a student myself, I know how hard it is to scrape money together. I offer scholarships if you really do have a financial need. They’re typically for 25-50% off of whatever service you’re interested in.

Cool! How do I apply?

Email me with three things:

(1) a few sentences about your book.

(2) a letter detailing why you deserve this (think of it like a MFA cover letter) .

(3) a writing sample of up to 5 pages. I can’t offer scholarships to everyone, but I’ll get back to you with a quote soon!

How do I pay?

Through Paypal, unless we make other arrangements.

You’re dumb and didn’t answer my question.

Ouch. You must write MG Go ahead and contact me via the Submit page.

Other

~Your submission should be industry standard format: a word doc, double-spaced, with 12-pt Times New Roman font. Anything I critique (from a twitter pitch to a full manuscript) must be attached. I will not critique anything in the body of an email.

~Inquire about my calendar before you are ready. I am often booked months in advance. However, once it is time for your critique, your manuscript is almost always back to you within a week.

~There is no guarantee you will sign a book deal or with an agent after working with me. However, if you haven’t grown in some way as a writer, I’ve done my job wrong.

~Testimonials: anything you say in a public place (twitter, blog), I may pull to add to the scrolling testimonials on the left sidebar. If it is in an email, I will ask permission to share it.

~I reserve the right to decline the chance to work with you.

~Client Books in the scrollbar at the top of the page are books of authors I have worked with, not necessarily books I have worked on. (Example: I worked on Janine Southard’s These Convergent Stars , but not her Queen & Commander , but both covers are up there because I want my clients to get exposure.)