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 am in awe of the depth and vision of your report on my manuscript! Thank you so much.
— SJ McCormack
I just read your Readthrough Report and want to thank you so much for all the great feedback! It is extremely helpful. I think I learned more from reading your report than I have from all the writing classes I've taken this past year, combined.
— Tara Sheets
In the 45 minutes or so I've had to skim your edits, I have only begun to scratch the surface of your observations and suggestions. I can already see that no one I have worked with up to now has ever provided the depth and breadth of feedback you have supplied...and I have been in a writing group for over 10 years, taken Hugo House classes, worked with a variety of teachers and a couple of editors. The suggestions I have read so far are spot on. I've had several "ah ha!" moments already. I am deeply grateful for your encouraging and supportive words. I am going to dust the novel off, work it again with your comments as a guide, and get it back out there into the world.
I'm amazed at your comments on the manuscript. They are what I've been actually yearning to hear. Your advice about weaving [background] information into the story is genius. When I read your suggestions, my brain actually moves--in a good way. Your intelligence and the things you caught, questioned, and pointed out in the manuscript astound me. Thanks again!