FAQs & POLICIES
Payment Policy: All services under $150 must be paid in full up front in order to secure booking. 50% of the total amount must be paid upon booking and the final 50% must be paid upon completion of the service in order to receive the final product. All payments are only accepted through PayPal. An invoice will be sent via email for each booked service.
Pricing: For larger critiques, my prices are based on the final word count of your manuscript.
Word Count Policy: When booking, I will ask you for your total word count in order to invoice you. It's okay to make an estimate, but please understand that if your manuscript falls below your estimate, you will still be expected to pay for the word count you gave at booking. If your word count is more than estimated, you will need to pay the difference on the final invoice.
Example: If you book a full critique at 50,000 but you submit it to me and it's only 40,000, you will still be expected to pay for a 50k critique. If you book a full critique at 50K and you submit your manuscript at 70K, you will simply pay for the additional words on your final invoice.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please let me know as soon as possible. For smaller critiques, your payment is refundable up until the day I start working on it. After that, it is nonrefundable. For full manuscripts, your money is fully refundable as long as you cancel prior to two weeks in advance. If you cancel less than two weeks in advance, there is a 20% cancellation fee. This is due to the fact that these projects are booked months in advance and it can be difficult to fill a last minute vacancy.
Do you offer sample critiques? Yes! But only for those who are booking a full manuscript critique. I will do a 3-page sample edit. It's important to make sure that you're comfortable with my editing style before proceeding with booking.
What experience do you have? I have a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Journalism and a master's degree in English Language Arts/Secondary Education. I spent seven years teaching high school English in a public school setting before deciding to pursue writing full time. I'm also a traditionally published and previously agented author. My debut novel, KEEPER, was published by Flux Books on January 30th, 2018. SEEKER, the sequel was published in the fall of 2019.
What's your editing style? I believe that honesty is the best policy. I will be open and honest about your work, but I will deliver all criticism kindly and constructively. I will also help you brainstorm ideas for trouble spots and give you suggestions whenever possible. I will also make notes of your strengths and things that I like/enjoy as a reader. I will be thorough and in-depth and do my very best to give you direct and specific feedback that you can work with.
What's your turnaround time? It depends on the nature of the project, but I aim to complete full manuscript critiques in 2-4 weeks; small critiques within 1-2 weeks.
What format should my manuscript be in?
Please send your MS as a .doc or .docx file. I use Word and track changes to make the edits. Also, your MS needs to be in the traditional MS format: Times New Roman, Size 12; double spaced.
Is there any category or genre you won't edit?
In terms of genre, I'll pretty much read anything. However, I don't particularly care for erotica and would likely be hesitant to edit one. I'm also pretty open in terms of content, but books that heavily feature rape, torture, animal cruelty/death and/or violence to children would be better suited with another editor. If there's something specific you're concerned about, just ask! :)
Category-wise, I prefer YA, but am open to MG, NA, and Adult.
**Note: Though I hope my services will help you improve your manuscript and your skills as a writer, hiring an editor is not a guarantee of representation, publication, or sales.**
Working with Kim on my manuscript was a fantastic experience, and anyone in the market for a wonderful editor with a keen eye would do well to contact her. Kim worked tirelessly to give me a complete, thorough outline of all of the strengths and weaknesses in my story. I also really appreciated her line-by-line comments as well--she was very tuned into my characters and their arcs, and pointed out to me all the places where I could tweak things to make them stronger. She asked all the right questions to get my mind-gears turning. Perhaps the most important piece of all, however, was her compassion. She was always kind and truly seemed to care about me, my journey, and my book's success. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
--Jessica S. Olson, author of SING ME FORGOTTEN (Inkyard/HarperCollins); Rep'd by Christa Heshke
Kim is my critique partner, and her kindness and attention to detail have been instrumental in helping me craft the very best version of my story. She has an extraordinary knack for pinpointing emotion, what drives characters, and asking the questions that lead to stronger, clearer prose. And her compassion knows no match. If you have a project in need of a professional opinion, I can’t recommend Kim enough. She’ll give you a thorough critique—telling you what works and what doesn’t—while enthusiastically cheering you on.
--Megan LaCroix, 2016 PitchWars Mentee, 2018 PitchWars Mentor, YA Fantasy Writer