Scheduling and Payments

How far in advance do I need to book with you?

My schedule gets pretty busy, so I suggest booking at least six to eight weeks in advance.

Can you rush my edit?

Depending on how far in advance you book, the size of the project, and how quickly you need it delivered, I can prioritize your project. However, I will charge an additional fee determined on a project-by-project basis.

If I do not have the time in my schedule to take on your project, I can refer you to other editors I know and trust.

How much does editing cost?

Rates depend on the type of editing you need (that information can be found on my Services page), and total cost depends on the length of your manuscript, how quickly you need it returned, etc. You can contact me for a personalized project quote—no obligation.

how do you set your rates?

I base my rates on industry averages. You can find more information about standard industry rates on the Editorial Freelancers Association’s website.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! I completely understand that editing is a hefty investment and you’re on a budget. Upon booking, I require a deposit. After that, we can split the rest of the balance into a payment schedule that works for both of us. If you would like to learn more about payment plans, please contact me.

Note: If the total charge is less than $50, I require it to be paid in full up front.

What about sample edits? Do you offer those?

Yes! If, after a consultation, you think I’d be a good fit for your project, you can request an edit of a 1,000-word sample. Please note that developmental edits and manuscript critiques are difficult to provide for such short samples, so a sample edit is most effective if you are interested in line/copyediting.

What's your cancellation/refund policy?

Things happen. I get it. If you need to cancel, please let me know as soon as possible. I will do everything I can to accommodate the cancellation.

For small projects (not full manuscripts), I can refund you in full up until the day I begin work on the project. After that, it’s nonrefundable.

For big projects (full manuscripts), it’s a little trickier. Since I usually fill my schedule a few months in advance, it’s hard to fill a last-minute slot. If you cancel more than a month before your project’s start date, your deposit is fully refundable. If you cancel less than a month before the start date, your deposit will be refunded minus a 20% cancellation fee.

However, I do not offer refunds for completed work. If, for some reason, you cancel your order after I’ve started, I will refund whatever you have paid that exceeds the cost of work completed.

Do you offer re-reads after I’ve made revisions?

Yes. Some services automatically include a second read. For those services that don’t, here’s the general rule: If you have previously worked with me, I will re-read that manuscript and offer feedback on the revisions you’ve made at a 50% discount. For example, if you had a developmental edit, you can ask for a manuscript critique of that same manuscript at half the usual cost.

Do you have a question I haven’t answered here? Please check out my other FAQ sections: General Editing and Working with Me. If you still don’t find your answer, fill out the form below or send an email to rachel@theeditingskeleton.com.