How much do you charge?
Every job is different, so I don't offer per-service price information on my site–but I do have a basic metric that I adhere to for most jobs.
When I receive a project proposal, I estimate the amount of time it will take for me to complete the job and create my bid based on a $45 dollar per hour price point. Clients can also choose to pay by the hour at the same amount. If paying by the hour, I suggest that clients set a budget for the project, which I will not exceed without prior negotiation.
For editing, I use a per manuscript page (250 words) rates based on those suggested by the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Do you require a deposit in advance?
I ask for a 30% non-refundable deposit on projects with estimates over $100. This deposit secures your place in my work queue and will be deducted from your final invoice.
How do I hire you?
First, use my online Contact form to provide information about your project. I will get back to you with any questions, then provide you with a bid including scope of work, tasks to be completed, and due dates for those tasks. If you accept my bid I will ask you to sign and return a copy of my freelance agreement and invoice you for half of the total cost of the project up front. I will begin work on receipt of both the signed agreement and initial payment.
What software and platforms do you use?
Editing and copy:
Microsoft Word (preferred)
GoogleDocs—please be advised that editing on GoogleDocs takes much more time and will have an effect on the price of service. (Hint: A monthly subscription to MS Word is likely to be more cost effective than paying an editor to work in GoogleDocs for mid-length to long manuscripts.)
*While I have experience editing websites through Squarespace, my skill set is limited to what can be done through their web tools alone. Clients who require a contractor with coding skills will need to hire through another vendor. Please visit my Websites page to see examples of sites I have created from the ground up.
Isn’t your price point high? My cousin is an editor and only makes $27 an hour!
It sounds like your cousin must work in-house, or else is being taken gross advantage of!
Freelancers charge much more than the average in-house employee because we have to pay all of the costs associated with doing business, including taxes, ourselves. While an in-house editor may only take home $25-$35 dollars an hour, they have their office space, computer, personal benefits, and employer-paid taxes taken care of by the organization they work for. My rates are set to net me a wage very similar to that of an in-house editor after taxes and other operating expenses.
What kinds of materials do you edit?
I will consider most projects, with the exception of academic work and technical documents that are outside my areas of expertise. Materials I work on include,
Book-length work, with an emphasis on non-fiction
Genre fiction (mystery and sci-fi in particular)
College admissions essays
Resumes and cover letters
What types of editing do you do?
I specialize in substantive and developmental editing and am also qualified to perform copy edits.
This is the one editing service that can start before pen ever hits paper. If you have an idea for a book, but are unsure of how to structure it, I can help you determine your concept, identify a thesis, and organize your content.
Line editing works on the sentence and paragraph level to correct issues of grammar, mechanics, flow, and clarity. Provide me with a document in any condition and I will return it to you in a publishable form.
The most familiar kind of editing, copyediting (sometimes referred to as proofreading) identifies and corrects issues of grammar and mechanics. Copyeding is subdivided into three levels, light, medium, and full, with documents containing very few errors taking a light copyedit and documents that require more attention taking a full.
Unsure of what service you require? Drop me a line and I’ll be happy to make a recommendation.
What are your rates?
I'm looking for a grantwriter to help my small nonprofit apply for funds. Money is tight, will you work on commission?
While I understand and sympathize with the predicament, the answer is no. While commission-based compensation for freelance grant writers used to be a norm, the practice is now viewed as unethical by most professional organizations. For more information on the ethics of commission-based compensation, take a look at this article from the Puget Sound Grantwriter’s Association.
For organizations that cannot afford to hire a grantwriter, I offer custom consultation and editing packages. I can help guide a member of your board or staff through the grantwriting process and review your final draft before it is submitted to your funder. This approach costs a fraction of the price of a full grantwriting service and builds fundraising capacity within your organization.
We’re a new organization looking to secure our first grant, how can we tell if we’re ready?
There are multiple grant readiness assessment tools available online, but most are only applicable to organizations applying for large federal grants, or particularly exacting foundations. If you are unsure about your grant-readiness I’d be happy to look at the application, hear about your project, and provide some tips on getting ready to apply.
Why use Squarespace?
While the platform has its limitations, I’m convinced that Squarespace is one of the best, if not the best, option for my clients. While other platforms, like Wordpress, may offer more flexibility, Squarespace’s easy-to-use interface allows for most of my clients to make small edits to their website without my assistance—a huge plus for small businesses and individual practitioners.
While Squarespace’s price tag is higher than most platforms, their price includes hosting and domain, as well as access to their web-tools. When matched against the total price of hosting, domain registry, and web-tool access from competitors, Squarespace’s price is barely above average, and I have found their excellent customer service and tech support to be well worth the additional cost.
Do you receive a commission from Squarespace?
No, but I get why you would ask! I am a Squarespace Circle member, which means I have made enough Squarespace websites to recieve a few extra perks, but Squarespace does not pay me to sell websites, and I cannot recieve any perks beyond the ones I already enjoy by signing on new users.
What if I need help after my website is built?
My builds come with three-weeks of tech support, after which you can hire me to trouble shoot, make additions, or edit your site at a per job rate. For simple tech issues, I advise my clients make use of Squarespace’s free 24-hour customer support line.
Creative Coaching and Tutoring
What is creative coaching?
Whatever you want it to be! I can help you establish a writing practice (and stay accountable to it), provide feedback on your work, help you beat writer’s block, or provide instruction on self-editing—even help you determine where to send your work for publication. During our first session we’ll talk about your writing goals and create a plan for how to use our time together to ensure they get met.
What does a session cost, and what is included?
Coaching and tutoring are the only services for which I charge a flat fee. I ask $45 per hour session in the Snoqualmie valley which includes a review of up to 3,000 words of material prior to our meeting. I also meet with out-of-area students via Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts, or in Redmond, Issaquah, or Seattle for a small travel fee.
What grade levels do you offer tutoring for?
I am at my best with older students and prefer to work with high school students in their junior or senior year, or college students completing an undergraduate program. Masters level students who work in non-writing fields, such as the sciences, may also benefit from my tutoring services.