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.
Jason delivered much more than he promised. He took an out-of-control story, found its heart and provided me with comments and examples that were substantive and specific enough to lead me to see what I needed to do to fix it. The further I read into his report, the more pleased I was at the depth of his insight. By the time I finished reading, I was excited about trying some of his suggestions. Not only did Jason's comments bring me greater clarity about my story, he helped me in two key craft areas. He showed me how I was spoiling my surprises too soon and also that I was using too heavy a hand on the "invisible" aspects of the story. Both these insights are ones that will help me improve not only this book, but everything I write from now on.
First off, thank you, thank you. Your suggestions are absolutely going to make the book better and help me be a better writer in turn. Even my very frugal husband even said you're worth every penny!
— Jennie Spohr
WOW!!!...you are good! You did a quality job and your comments are on point. I showed them to my husband who is an investment banker and is hyper particular about quality work and he was very impressed. I have new excitement for this project now that you pumped some life into it.
Jason did a great job reviewing my book. He put in an enormous amount of work and thought into his report, which provided a global critique of my novel as well as detailed suggestions. He clearly explained why his suggestions would make the novel better. Without his help, I would not have published my first novel, Public Pretender. It was definitely money well spent.