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How does all this work?

Here are the steps in the process:

  1. You email me with your manuscript and deadline (if any).
  2. I reply with my fee based on word count and rush charges.
  3. If you agree to the fee, I invoice you for half the amount.
  4. I review your manuscript.
  5. I notify you when I have finished my work and invoice you for the second half of the fee.
  6. You pay the balance of the fee.
  7. When the payment clears, I send you my write-up along with the marked-up copy of your manuscript.

How do you mark up my manuscript electronically?

I insert my comments directly into the document. (Microsoft Word has a comments function.)

How do I send stuff to you?

Please email your manuscript as a Microsoft Word attachment. Some notes on format:

  • A synopsis for novels is not necessary unless you are submitting an incomplete manuscript, in which case please send me at least 9,000 words of finished work.

  • Nonfiction for older readers should include a writing sample (at least 3,000 words), an outline of the entire book, and a brief description of the type(s) of illustration (photo, line art, full-color art) you envision.

How do you accept payment?

I accept payment through PayPal or by major credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover — transactions are made through PayPal, and I never see your account information). If you have never used PayPal, don’t worry — the invoice comes with instructions!

If you’d like to pay by other means, please let me know.