FAQs

I’m a pretty savvy writer…why would I need your services?

Have you ever written an email only to notice after you've hit 'send' that it’s missing the odd word or you’ve misused a word (e.g., ‘affect’ instead of ‘effect’)? When you’re writing—whether you’re dashing off an email or writing a thousand-page manifesto—your mind is very good at filling in gaps or glazing over details; you often see what you intended to say rather than what you actually said. As a result, every writer, no matter how savvy, can benefit from a second set of eyes on a writing project.

But there’s more! Check out Editors Canada’s Five good reasons  for working with an editor.

 

How much do you charge?

My rates align with industry standards, ranging from $40 to $60 per hour depending on the type, length, and complexity of project. Student rates are also available. An additional fee may apply to 'rush' projects.

 

How do you estimate the cost of a project?

Editing estimates are based on the original document wordcount, type of edit, and average working pace.

For example, a standard copy edit of a 5000 word document (working at an average pace of 1250 words/hour) will take approximately 4 hours; a heavy copy edit of the same document (working at an average pace of 500 words/hour) will take approximately 10 hours. The degree of edit required is based on an assessment of your document.

Estimates for other types of projects, such as writing or transcription, are provided on a case-by-case basis.

Free, no-obligation estimates are provided on request.

 

If I decide to work with you, what’s next?

After we’ve discussed your project in detail, usually by email or phone, I will ask you to review and sign a contract (based on Editors Canada’s standard agreement) that outlines the statement of work, project deliverables, process, timelines, payment schedules, etc. Once the contract is signed and all files have been provided, I will proceed under the agreed upon schedule.

 

What format do I need to provide my document? What program do you use to edit?

I prefer documents to be provided in Microsoft Word, and I edit in Word using the tracked changes feature. This allows you to see all changes, comments, and queries. However, because a marked-up document can be challenging to read, I also provide a ‘clean’ version for your review.

In a pinch, I can also work with pdf documents, though I usually recommend they be converted to Word.

 

What is the payment schedule? How do I pay you?

For most projects, I will invoice after the project is complete. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date.

However, for large or multi-stage projects, a payment schedule may be required where a portion of the work is paid upfront and/or after each phase of the project. Payment schedules will be outlined in the contract.

Payment is accepted via e-transfer (preferred), direct deposit (for regular corporate clients), or cheque.

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Do you have more questions?
Ask away at christine@christinejackson.ca!