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 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 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!
Thanks for a very thorough job. I just sent out an email to the 15 people I know in several critique groups, recommending your services. You gave me a great value for my investment.
Any new writer's efforts can only be improved by collaborating with a good editor. This is certainly the case with Jason Black, whose skill and even hand has made my debut novel a joy for my friends and family to read.