“I work hard, I work very hard. All the books at least 30 revisions.” Ha-Jin
Many literary greats over the years have had notable long-standing relationships with their editors. It’s no wonder; our editors are our guides, our support systems, and smart second readers who get to know our process and voices. We come to rely on their insights and ability to keep our work purposeful, lean, and engaging.
Having your work vetted by an editor is one of the soundest investments you can make. A well-edited draft can be the difference between your work lying on the shelf and your work flying off the shelf.
One Lit Place provides editing services beneficial for writers in all genres at every stage of work.
Developmental Feedback (educated constructive feedback)
Substantive editing (also called “content editing”)
How Does the Relationship Work with an Editor?
Your editor will confirm with you what level of edit you’re looking for and talk with you about any issues or items of business you wish to clarify and then get to work. Throughout the process, your editor is available for conversation, instruction, and any additional insight as you continue any work on your side or after the editor has delivered the work to you.
How Do My Editor or Writing Coach and I Work Together?
Our coaches and editors will meet you in a secure online platform where you can chat in real time and exchange documents (and keep them on a “bookshelf” in the platform for easy reference). You’re also welcome to connect over video conference, chat on the phone, or do a hybrid of all of these methods depending on what you’re doing with your coach. Whatever works best for you! You can collaborate with your coach/editor as much or as little as you like and as is beneficial to you and your developing manuscript.
What Do I Need to Do to Begin?
We begin with a signed agreement, so you know your work and ideas are confidential, how the relationship works, and how payment is made. Then once payment for the initial block of time- either an introductory block of 3 hours or 5 hours- is made, we get you set up in our editors platform and you’re good to go!
The fee for working with a coach and editor begins at $80/hr. Your coach keeps track of the time they’re spending and pro-rates in 5 minute increments, so you only pay for the time you use. A 35-minute call is billed at 35 minutes. We share our time sheets with you at the end of each paid period so you can see where your budget is going.
Do You Offer Project Rates?
All payment is made on an hourly basis, and we do not offer project rates; however, we are able to offer an approximate overall project budget for the requested level of edit based on an algorithm.
To provide the approximate project budget, the editor will do a paid three-hour* edit of your work, which serves as a representative sample of the overall project. However many pages the editor is able to edit in 3 hours (or however many pages the editor is able to read plus provide comprehensive feedback) allows us to project how long editing the full project will take, which we multiply by the hourly rate. This will indicate the overall investment you can anticipate for the edit.
*unless another time period is arranged
How Is Having an Editor Beneficial for the Long Haul?
As you and your editor develop a rapport, trust, and a collaborative working relationship over time, you may find you take certain comfort in having an editor at your side, someone who has your best interests in mind and is there for you personally as a writer and for your work. Some writers work their editors on one project at a time; others bring in other projects and access their editors for collaboration, feedback, instruction, editing, and consultation on pursuing publication, cover letters and book proposals.
Ultimately, your editor is your editor- you can feel secure knowing someone has your back.
Feel free to be in touch any time by email or phone. We offer a free, no-commitment consultation to all writers.
We’re always ready to see how we can help you reach your writing goals!