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.
You are like a personal trainer for my writing, encouraging me to do more, do better, and go to greater lengths! Your constructive criticism has been so helpful.
— Carolina Banks
I am in awe of the depth and vision of your report on my manuscript! Thank you so much.
— SJ McCormack
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
Jason, your advice was worth its weight in gold!