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've just had Jason review my rough concept and scenes for "The Gutenberg Rubric" and can't tell you how helpful his comments are. His insights into believability of characters, situations, and my occasional "too contrived" plot twists really help me focus on what is important and valuable in my concept and what is really me wandering along trying to find a plausible motive for a behavior that I want.
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 met Jason at the PNWA conference in 2009, and he has guided me through the process of editing CATRIONA'S KNIGHTHOOD, my third novel. Jason comes with my highest recommendation. Seriously, this guy is rocket science.
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