Editing FAQ

  1. What’s your turnaround time? This will all depend on the size of the project and how much work it needs. For a reader’s report, the turnaround time is about two weeks. For editing projects, it’s about a month. As I get deeper into your project, I will update you with a more specific timeframe you should be expecting your feedback in.
  2. What can I do contact you? Send an e-mail to nicoletoneedits@gmail.com.
  3. How does payment work? I send an invoice via PayPal. A deposit of 50% of the total invoice must be paid in order to secure your place in my schedule. The rest of the invoice is due at time of delivery. Meaning, I’ll contact you once I’ve finished editing your work. Once you pay the invoice, I send you your completed project. If you’d like to book my services, but 50% down is just out of reach, I can work with a client on a payment plan (on a case-by-case basis).
  4. What do you specialize in? 
    1. Genres/Categories: YA, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Literary Fiction. I’m very familiar with contemporary, upmarket, urban fantasy, magical realism, low fantasy, military science fiction, literary thrillers, and literary suspense.
    2. Editing: Fixing plots, character developmental, and world building.
  5. What’s the difference between a developmental edit and reader’s report? Subjectivity and objectivity. A reader’s report would include I, as a reader, enjoyed about the book and what strengths/weaknesses it has. I’ll let you know of any major problems the manuscript has from a developmental standpoint. I also include marketability and whether or not this is a project that a lot of agents would be vying for or if it’s something that you should pursue small presses with (because that’s where you’d have the most success). With a developmental edit, you’ll receive a 4 – 7-page letter detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript broken down by section (plot, characters, setting, etc). This will include a more formal analysis of your manuscript and include suggestions on how to fix problems, such as plot inconsistencies or how to strengthen a certain character’s arc.
  6. How long have you been editing? Since 2013.
  7. What’s your request rate? 75%. This is an average of pitches, queries, partial, and full requests.
  8. Do you have formal training? I do! I have my BA in Creative Writing and Literature from Southern New Hampshire University, where my writing classes had a built-in critique element. I’m also in the middle of finishing my MFA in Writing at Savannah College of Art and Design. Besides education, I have practical experience through being a submissions reader for Entangled Publishing, who provided developmental editing webinars for their interns. I have also taken various developmental editing courses through The Editorial Freelancers Association.
  9. Do you provide sample edits? Of course! I have a sample I can send you. Or, if you’d rather, you can send me your first chapter and I’ll do a (premium) developmental edit, which includes line comments/edits.
  10. Are you part of any professional associations? Yes: Association of Writing and Writing Programs (AWP), Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association (WFWA) and The Editorial Freelancers Association.