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
Jason has set two of my manuscripts straight; from pointing out ‘oops’ tense changes thru suggesting workable solutions for my convoluted story lines, he addressed them all. And he somehow did it with the delicacy of a gardener who sings to his seedlings. Jason's expertise is an education well worth the money.
— Peter Bonneau
I am in awe of the depth and vision of your report on my manuscript! Thank you so much.
— SJ McCormack
Jason, your advice was worth its weight in gold!