I’d love to help everyone who gets in touch with me, but my time is (unfortunately!) limited. You can help me help you by doing the following:
- Get in touch sooner rather than later. I generally take projects on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the earlier I hear from you, the more likely I’ll be able to work with you. I’m happy to schedule months in advance where that’s feasible!
- Let me start before you finish. If you’re working on a long texts (e.g., a multi-chaptered thesis or dissertation), you can send me one section to edit while you’re still writing the next section. This makes it easier for both of us to plan ahead, makes the whole revision process more efficient because we can both be working at the same time, and is generally way less stressful for all involved.
- Give yourself a margin (and tell me about it). Things always tend to take longer than we think they will! Give yourself a few days at the very end of the writing/revision process to ask questions take care of any last minute changes you might need help with. Just be sure to let me know if you’re doing this so I can set aside the time as well.
Realistically, not everyone can follow these suggestions. I get that! I try my best to accommodate more rushed requests, but sometimes it’s just not possible.
Finally, please also note that I charge a premium rate ($30/hour compared to the usual $24) for last-minute work, defined as jobs where I receive a draft to edit less than two weeks before editing needs to be completed. This isn’t meant to be punitive; rather, it reflects the fact that last-minute editing projects generally require me to work overtime and spend less time on my day job. The higher rate helps to offset these complications. Thanks for your understanding!