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 totally thrilled to see your analysis of my book. Thank you so much. You said in your presentation to the Pacific Northwest Writers Association meeting that you think of yourself as a personal writing coach; your self-assessment couldn't have been more point-on!
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
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.