There is an irony to freelance editing: I must make people happy about being shown where they’ve messed up. Thankfully, my clients have mainly been people who genuinely wanted to improve both their work and their writing ability. While I will compliment you on the parts you have written well, I’m not shy about making specific suggestions for improvement. After all, that’s what you’re paying me for.
Here are a few randomly selected statements by clients who found my feedback to be well worth the money.
I want to thank you again for giving my story new life by channeling your special magic and professionalism into it.
— Jesper Gottlieb
I am in awe of the depth and vision of your report on my manuscript! Thank you so much.
— SJ McCormack
I'm amazed at your comments on the manuscript. They are what I've been actually yearning to hear. Your advice about weaving [background] information into the story is genius. When I read your suggestions, my brain actually moves--in a good way. Your intelligence and the things you caught, questioned, and pointed out in the manuscript astound me. Thanks again!
Jason, your advice was worth its weight in gold!