How To Get Started

The first thing you need to do is look over your writing and select which one(s) you would like to have edited.  Next, contact us at timeisstandingstillforme@gmail.com and let us know how we can help you.  Once we come to an agreement, we will go over what is included in each editing service and an estimate will be given.  Then, we get to work.

Do I Need An Editor?

Everyone needs an editor.  Consider any speech you’ve ever heard.  Someone wrote and edited that before anyone ever spoke those words.  Seen any good movies lately?  Someone wrote that story, but chances are, they weren’t the one to edit it.  Editing is a process and a rather valuable one.  It is what sets apart the inexperienced from the professional.  Given the choice, wouldn’t you rather your work appeared professional?  Hiring an editor is a big decision, but it is also one of the smartest decisions a writer can make.  Let us take away the stress, so you can get back to what you do best: writing.

What If My Manuscript Is Unfinished?

Sharpened Pencil Editing will be available to all clients, no matter the length of their submitted material.  Whether it is one page or three hundred, we are here to help you.

Do I Need To Copyright My Manuscript Before Submitting?

Copyright is not necessary before submitting your manuscript to an editor.  It is protected under Copyright Law.

Will Editing Guarantee I Get Published?

No.  Let us be clear about this: editing will not guarantee publication.  It will, however, guarantee that you will have something professional to show publishers.  The first step is making sure your manuscript is free of mistakes.

How Is Payment Determined?

All estimates are given on an hourly basis, but will not exceed the agreed-upon amount set by you, the client.  If the work requires more than the original estimate, a new one will be drawn up.  Once the estimate is determined, we will collect payment through PayPal.

What Is Constructive Criticism And Why Is It So Important?

If you have ever shown your work to another person, chances are, you asked them what they thought of it.  If you asked a friend, they probably lied to you.  On the other hand, if you asked a friend who understood the importance of constructive criticism, they told you what they liked, what they didn’t, and offered suggestions on how you might improve it.  That is all constructive criticism is: helpful, unbiased tips on how to make your manuscript all it can be.  It is vital to your manuscript’s survival.

Will Editing Destroy My Original Idea?

No.  As editors, we will provide helpful feedback and constructive criticism, but we will not make a single change to the document without your approval.  Suggested edits will be given to you on a separate page.

Will My Manuscript Be Handled By More Than One Editor?

No.  Every manuscript will be assigned one editor.  If, for whatever reason, you would like to have a new editor, we will provide you with another.

Something Else?

If you didn’t find an answer to your question, please contact us at timeisstandingstillforme@gmail.com and we will help you.

Keep Writing!

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