Janet Angelo’s Collaborative Editing Process
I love being an editor, and I especially enjoy the collaborative process of working closely with my authors to make their books the best they can be. Many authors have told me that I’m the best editor they’ve ever worked with, and several have given me repeat business.
Because of my extensive experience as an editor — 12 years and more than 300 books! — I have the unique ability to catch small errors while solving big-picture problems such as plot holes and weak character development, and I am naturally intuitive at understanding what an author is struggling to say. I maintain regular email contact with my authors so that they’re always in agreement with my edits and never left in the dark. Authors often tell me that my notes spark new ideas and help them determine exactly how to improve troublesome sections of their books. i enjoy working collaboratively with authors to help their characters, their dialogue, and the entire story come alive.
I Offer a Free Sample Edit
If I am interested in editing your manuscript, I will need to see the entire manuscript to determine whether it needs line editing (often termed copy editing) or heavier developmental editing. I will choose a section of about 1,500 words to edit as a free sample using the track changes feature in Word to show my work.
Editing Fee and Installment Payments
My experience has taught me that a per-word rate is fairest to the author and the editor. My standard rate for copy/line editing is two cents per word ($.02 x total original word count divided into two installment payments.) When you’re ready for me to start editing your manuscript, I will collect the first half of the editing fee and begin editing the manuscript from word one. I always work my way through the book from the beginning to the mid-point to give myself the same experience a reader will have, editing as I go. As I edit the book, I correct basics such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure, but I also focus on the overall needs of the book, inserting notes to you with ideas for possible revisions, additional writing, deletions, and questions if your intended meaning isn’t clear in a certain part. I am well versed in the Chicago Manual of Style and adhere to its guidelines, but I am realistic enough to bend some the rules in the 1,026 pages of that tome if an author has a unique style of writing that s/he wants to retain. 🙂
I am very skilled at helping authors determine chapter divisions, chapter titles, the rearrangement of text if needed to enhance narrative flow, and other big-picture issues that often prove challenging for an author to “see” because you’ve been looking at your manuscript for so long, revising and re-revising.
When I get to the halfway point in the book, I will email to you the first edited half along with my notes. I will send you two versions of the edited manuscript thus far: one showing all the editing marks using Word’s track changes feature, and a clean copy that has all the edits incorporated into it. When you go over my work, I always ask that you type any additions, deletions, and notes into the clean copy (with track changes turned on) so that those will show in colors when you return that copy to me.
At this halfway point, I will collect the second half-payment of the editing fee and continue editing to the end, repeating the entire process as described above. I usually wait a week to get fresh eyes, and then I read the edited version of the manuscript to catch any remaining tiny errors. If I am publishing the book too, I format the interior of the book as I edit it in preparation for turning it into a print book and an ebook.
Multiple Rounds of Editing for One Fee
Many editors refuse to communicate with their authors. They simply do the work and return the manuscript with a once-and-done mentality. My method actually involves a few rounds of editing, but I only charge one editing fee. Please keep in mind, however, that if you want to insert additional writing after editing is complete, and that increases the word count by more than 3,000 words, I will charge a per-hour rate of $30.00 to include the new revisions into the final master copy of the manuscript. This is standard practice in the industry, and is a necessary one, because quite often, good editing reveals the need for revisions and additional writing to round out the story and make the book the best it can be.
Feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about having your book edited. I am especially interested in editing historical fiction, humorous works, women’s fiction, literary fiction, biographies and memoirs, and travel writing, but my extensive experience is multi-genre and includes fiction and nonfiction.
All the best!