FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is your typical process for working with an author?

The first step is to tell us about your book—a brief description, the genre, and the word count—and your publishing goals. Then email us a five-page writing sample or your entire manuscript. This will help us to assess the best editing services for your book and provide you with a precise quote and time frame. 

The second step is to sign an electronic service agreement and pay a 50 percent deposit, to secure the dates to edit your book.

The third step is to sit back, relax, and let us do the hard work.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your editing services?

Yes, we price most of our editing services based on your book's total word count. Our editing rates are between 1.5 and 6.5 cents per word. Because no two books are the same, we'll tailor a quote just for you.

For book coaching, we charge by the hour or a monthly retainer. For query services, we charge flat rates. 

Do you do sample edits?

Yes, we can do a sample edit for a small fee. See sample edits here.

Will I be able to contact my assigned editor?

Hello! I'm Naomi, the founder of The Artful Editor.

Hello! I'm Naomi, the founder of The Artful Editor.

Yes, but only for manuscript critiques, developmental editing, and book coaching. It is not necessary for copyediting and proofreading. Your project manager will be able to answer most of your questions or relay them to the copyeditor or proofreader. Meet our editors here.

What types of clients have you worked with?

We've worked with indie authors, agented authors, retired professionals, publishers, literary agents, entrepreneurs and startup companies, movie and TV producers, screenwriters, poets, playwrights, academics, MFA students, journalists, and many others. Read client praise here. 

What genres do you edit?

Fiction: literary fiction, mystery and suspense, thriller and crime fiction, horror, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural/weird fiction, young adult novels, middle grade fiction, women's fiction, romance, historical fiction, short stories, and more.

Nonfiction: memoir, biographies, self-help and how-to guides, business books, travel guides, art books, spiritual books, history, science, computer manuals, educational textbooks, creative nonfiction, essay collections, and more.

Other: children's picture books, graphic novels/comics, screenplays, poetry books, websites and blogs, course materials

What don't you edit?

We do not edit academic theses and papers, but we can refer you to trusted academic editors we know.

We also do not edit material that contains unethical content. If we see evidence of plagiarism or potential copyright issues, we will turn down your project.

do you provide publishing assistance?

Yes, we do! We can help you with your query letter, book synopsis, and book proposal if you are seeking a traditional publisher. Click here for our query services.

We also help authors submit short stories and essays to literary magazines.

what do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to help writers realize their dreams of becoming authors. The ones who most succeed are committed to becoming better writers and are receptive to advice. Writing a book can be hard work, requiring time, money, passion, and a supportive community who believes in you.

I also enjoy collaborating with a team of editors. We each have our unique strengths and interests, so part of my job is to match your book with the best editor for it. Click here to learn more about us.

What advice would you give someone looking to hire aN EDITOR?

Don't rush the edit. And don't choose the cheapest, fastest editor. The best editors are busy with projects.

We usually book projects one to three months in advance, so I encourage you to contact us now and reserve a spot.


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