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.
You are like a personal trainer for my writing, encouraging me to do more, do better, and go to greater lengths! Your constructive criticism has been so helpful.
— Carolina Banks
Jason delivered much more than he promised. He took an out-of-control story, found its heart and provided me with comments and examples that were substantive and specific enough to lead me to see what I needed to do to fix it. The further I read into his report, the more pleased I was at the depth of his insight. By the time I finished reading, I was excited about trying some of his suggestions. Not only did Jason's comments bring me greater clarity about my story, he helped me in two key craft areas. He showed me how I was spoiling my surprises too soon and also that I was using too heavy a hand on the "invisible" aspects of the story. Both these insights are ones that will help me improve not only this book, but everything I write from now on.
Jason provided me with a very detailed review of the manuscript, with dozens of changes to make. I highly recommend Jason’s services. He taught me so much about how to not only improve that story, but also how to improve my style, and what to look for when doing my own editing.
In the 45 minutes or so I've had to skim your edits, I have only begun to scratch the surface of your observations and suggestions. I can already see that no one I have worked with up to now has ever provided the depth and breadth of feedback you have supplied...and I have been in a writing group for over 10 years, taken Hugo House classes, worked with a variety of teachers and a couple of editors. The suggestions I have read so far are spot on. I've had several "ah ha!" moments already. I am deeply grateful for your encouraging and supportive words. I am going to dust the novel off, work it again with your comments as a guide, and get it back out there into the world.