An important question clients ask is, How will this work?
They want to know what the first step is and what happens next. I tell them that every project has unique requirements and that together we’ll create a working process that fits their story and circumstances.
Conversations are at the heart of process. Whether we talk by phone, over Skype or FaceTime, or in person, we’ll begin with an exploratory discussion that covers:
• the focus of your manuscript
• the history of its development
• who your audience is
• your writing style and voice
• the publication date
You’ll describe the kind of editorial help you’re looking for. If you’re unsure, we’ll talk about how I can be of service.
I’ll ask you to send me representative portions of your manuscript, either by email or post. I’ll read them and take notes. When we talk again, we’ll go deeper into where the problems lie and how you and I can work together to solve them. At this point a detailed critique might be helpful, for which there would be a charge.
Hourly rate, sliding scale
Because my clients come from all walks of life, you and I will discuss my hourly rate and arrive at a number that fits your ability to pay, within reason.
Whether your project is a memoir, corporate history, or other piece of writing, we will:
- Determine the editorial services required and the cost.
- Identify a work method, i.e. how we’ll share information, provide each other feedback, and move forward.
- Establish a production schedule.
- Explore ways to present your story visually, for example, in book format.
- Discuss the involvement of other professionals, e.g. book designer, translator, photographer.
Through continual communication and fine-tuning the story’s content and look, we’ll learn to trust each other’s point of view. You’ll find me very respectful of your vision for your project and the process we agree to. My priority will be to help you tell your story exactly how you want to tell it.