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.
Thank you so much! I'm still digesting your comments, but so far find them both challenging and encouraging. I look forward to working with you again.
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
Jason provided me with a very detailed review of the manuscript, with dozens of changes to make. I highly recommend Jason’s services. He taught me so much about how to not only improve that story, but also how to improve my style, and what to look for when doing my own editing.