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.
Thanks for your helpful analysis. Your recommendations will make a good story much stronger.
I am in awe of the depth and vision of your report on my manuscript! Thank you so much.
— SJ McCormack
I just read your Readthrough Report and want to thank you so much for all the great feedback! It is extremely helpful. I think I learned more from reading your report than I have from all the writing classes I've taken this past year, combined.
— Tara Sheets
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.