Greer Editorial Service
Frequently Asked Questions

I accept all genres of fiction, as well as business writing and non-fiction.

Yes, I provide sample edits of up to 2500 words, free of charge, for line editing, copyediting and proofreading.

Please note that I do not provide sample edits for developmental editing, as 2500 words may not be enough content for me to give a proper preview of that service. Instead, I will evaluate your synopsis and a chapter or two, and then discuss my recommendations with you.

For line editing, copyediting and proofreading, the cost covers the initial edit and up to two revisions of the work.

Please note that for developmental editing, we will work together on one version of the piece. This may include several smaller revisions as the work progresses.

Because developmental editing can, and often does, begin before a manuscript is complete, there is no good way to estimate how many words will be in the final manuscript, and also no way to know how long a developmental edit will take. For developmental editing, please submit the first chapter or two and a synopsis. I will evaluate this and provide you with a quote for the initial edit, as well as a brief analysis of the chapters and synopsis. If, after the first revision, you would like additional editing, we will agree upon a price for that, as well. You will always know in advance what your costs will be.

Yes, at the same rates as for any other project, and there is no minimum project cost. Availability may be limited.

Please contact me to inquire about availability. If you are unable to make your scheduled date, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can reschedule!

Yes, there is a very simple contract, written in plain English, that establishes the expected due dates and the payment for the work.

Yes, a non-refundable deposit of 25% is required on all projects when the contracts are signed. This also acts as a reservation fee. Please note that I cannot add your project to my schedule until I receive the deposit.

Payments are only accepted through PayPal at this time.

Depending on my schedule and availability, I am usually able to accept rush jobs. There is an additional 25% fee for rush projects.

I accept (in order of preference) Microsoft Word (.docx, .doc), Open Office (.odt) and PDF documents. If for some reason none of these are available to you, feel free to contact me. I'm happy to work out other arrangements.

Please send your manuscript in a single file. Use the following guidelines:

  • Allow 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Lines should be double-spaced.
  • Use a common font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Include a heading on each page with your last name, the manuscript title or an abbreviation of that name, and a page number. This is important, as my feedback to you may include page number references.

For more information on formatting your manuscript for editors and publishers, see What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript? from Writer's Digest magazine.

I need to receive your work prior to 12:00 p.m. EST the day before I am scheduled to start editing your work. This gives us time to ask questions about the process, to confirm the expected completion date, and to make sure that I will be able to work full time on your manuscript without spending a morning waiting.

If I do not receive your manuscript at least 24 hours in advance and I have not heard from you, your project may potentially be canceled or rescheduled. If the project is canceled, you may forfeit your initial deposit.

If there is a possibility that you will be unable to make the agreed-upon start date, please notify me immediately so that we can discuss it. I strive to be flexible with my schedule, so rescheduling is usually possible fairly quickly. Please keep in touch with me!

This can be arranged. Please mention it when we start discussing contracts and due dates, so that I can accommodate your schedule.

No problem! I will return your manuscript with my suggested changes plainly marked in the text. Feel free to pick and choose (or discuss or argue about) what changes you would like to make. My job is to give you suggestions on your manuscript so that your story comes through as clearly and as professionally as possible. It's your writing, and you always have final say over what will be in your published product. I'm just here to help you!