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 could read books on craft, and analyze my favorite authors, but none of that would be as helpful as reading an analysis of what I tend to do in MY writing. Your report is like a personalized reference guide. Even if this book is never published, the detail you showed in your response is extremely helpful to the way I will approach my revisions. Plus, your thoughtful comments will serve as little alarm bells as I write anything new.
Thanks for your helpful analysis. Your recommendations will make a good story much stronger.
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.
Your analysis of my book really helped. It took me six months to really think it through, but I am finally revising and I like the product.