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 was impressed with Jason's eye for detail and ability to spot subtle but important clarifications to wording in the article he edited for us. He understood and respected the writer's voice while bringing out the underlying information in the article. I expect to take advantage of his services again for future issues of Plateau magazine and other MNA publications.
— Karen Enyedy, Managing Editor, Plateau magazine
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.
Your analysis of my book really helped. It took me six months to really think it through, but I am finally revising and I like the product.
I stayed up (too late) and read your project report, and I have to say I'm impressed with not only the depth and breadth of your feedback but also the manner in which you give your comments. I felt like you were sitting across the table going over each chapter with me, and the insight I've gained from hearing your first reactions to each chapter is invaluable--and encouraging. Other than a good friend who only offers positive feedback, no one had read the entire manuscript, and so of course I was apprehensive. I wasn't even sure the premise was believable. Your encouraging words have given me a big confidence boost.
— Patty Dallabetta