The 8 Questions I Ask Perspective Clients

We only have three more posts in our eight-week series on publishing and editing! If you want to check out the previous posts, the schedule is at the bottom.

When I am working with clients, I want to make sure that I know what they want or expect from the editing process and what they think their manuscript requires.

1. Have you completed the work?

My first question will be if your work is complete. If it isn’t, we could still proceed. Just know that I won’t necessarily have the whole story and that the editing process may take longer.

2. Have you done your own edit?

Make sure you take a run or two through your piece and do your own edit. Check out my post on self-editing for more information.

3. Has anyone else read it?

This isn’t necessarily important, but it can help speed up your editing process. Pieces that have been read by more than one person are less likely to have errors. Therefore, you save time and money when you work with a professional editor.

4. What’s your budget?

Your budget may determine what you can afford for editing. For example, I offer developmental editing for $0.03/word but copy and stylistic editing for only $0.01/word.

5. What’s the genre/length?

I want to make sure that your genre is going to mesh well with my experience and training. If you’ve written something outside my comfort zone, I may recommend a different editor.

6. What’s your deadline?

This is incredibly important. I offer two run-throughs on your novel. If you have a deadline two weeks out, you need to make sure you put in the work to implement my recommended edits and suggestions so you can meet that deadline.

7. What do you need for services?

Are you just looking for a proofread? Or do you need a total manuscript overhaul?

8. Are you self-publishing or traditionally publishing?

This can help me determine if you need more resources for formatting, cover design, and marketing or if you need help with query letters.

Write up your answers to these questions so that you don’t forget any details during your meeting your perspective editor!

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