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
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!
I am in awe of the depth and vision of your report on my manuscript! Thank you so much.
— SJ McCormack
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.