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 could read books on craft, and analyze my favorite authors, but none of that would be as helpful as reading an analysis of what I tend to do in MY writing. Your report is like a personalized reference guide. Even if this book is never published, the detail you showed in your response is extremely helpful to the way I will approach my revisions. Plus, your thoughtful comments will serve as little alarm bells as I write anything new.
Thanks for your helpful analysis. Your recommendations will make a good story much stronger.
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.
Just wanted to say thank you. The feedback you gave me was incredibly helpful. I believe I can use your advice to give the story a solid direction, which is what I was looking for.
— Stephanie Waugh