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.
Jason delivered much more than he promised. He took an out-of-control story, found its heart and provided me with comments and examples that were substantive and specific enough to lead me to see what I needed to do to fix it. The further I read into his report, the more pleased I was at the depth of his insight. By the time I finished reading, I was excited about trying some of his suggestions. Not only did Jason's comments bring me greater clarity about my story, he helped me in two key craft areas. He showed me how I was spoiling my surprises too soon and also that I was using too heavy a hand on the "invisible" aspects of the story. Both these insights are ones that will help me improve not only this book, but everything I write from now on.
I stayed up (too late) and read your project report, and I have to say I'm impressed with not only the depth and breadth of your feedback but also the manner in which you give your comments. I felt like you were sitting across the table going over each chapter with me, and the insight I've gained from hearing your first reactions to each chapter is invaluable--and encouraging. Other than a good friend who only offers positive feedback, no one had read the entire manuscript, and so of course I was apprehensive. I wasn't even sure the premise was believable. Your encouraging words have given me a big confidence boost.
— Patty Dallabetta
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!