The Q’s and the A’s…

What are your specialties?

My fortes are literary fiction and narrative nonfiction (memoir and essay). I also have a lot of experience with suspense / thriller, mainstream and romance genres.

What type of work don’t you handle?

At this time I do not edit textbook material, technical writing or scripts/screenplays.

What is the first step? 

Please fill out the form on the previous page with the following information, so I can get an idea of the type of project you’re working on:

Word count of complete project
Brief synopsis/description
Type of editing requested

What types of editing do you handle? 

  • Proofreading  (e.g., grammar, spelling)
  • Copyediting / Line Editing (e.g. paragraph and sentence structure, word use)
  • Developmental (e.g., the big picture, such as flow/pacing, telling the story, characterization, structure, style)
  • Critique / Evaluation
  • Writing Coaching

What about pricing and turnaround time?

My rates are by hour. There are no hidden charges. As long as you have fairly represented the scope of the project, the price will remain at the agreed-upon rate. Please fill out the form to get a quote.

I only work on one manuscript at a time so you’re project will have my undivided attention. Turnaround time is generally about 5 weeks, but this depends of the length and scope of the work, and what projects are in the queue ahead of yours. A specific time frame will be given before I begin the project.

What do I get back?

You’ll submit your manuscript via email attachment (Word/DOC or RTF attachment preferred). I’ll make edits using the track changes feature. Then I’ll return the manuscript to you via email. For content or developmental critique, you’ll also receive an in-depth report (usually about 5-7 pages) covering specifics like dialogue, characterization, etc.

What are my payment options?

I accept payments through PayPal, through which you can use a major credit card or bank transfer. I ask for a downpayment as I begin the project with the balance upon completion. If you’re not in the US (where I am), no worries – PayPal makes any necessary currency conversions.

I don’t have the entire manuscript finished. Will you edit a partial manuscript?

Sure. Many writers find it helpful to get a partial critique – usually an outline and the first 10,000 words. I will provide an in-depth report which you can use to guide your writing or revisions of the rest.

Is my submission confidential?

In short, yes. Your work will be treated with the highest ethical standards. I will not show your work to anyone else without your permission. I don’t keep copies of your work or my comments of your work after my services are completed.

Can you help me find an agent or publisher?

No. That’s really out of my area of expertise. The Association of Authors’ Representatives, Publisher’s Marketplace or the Writer’s Market have listings of agents and publishers that might be suitable for your project.

I have another question. How can I reach you? 

Please drop me a line and we can chat about what options might best suit you.

contact {at} jacquelincangro [DOT] com

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