Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need an editor?
It’s difficult to be impartial about your own work, and it often takes another set of eyes to catch even the most obvious-seeming mistakes. Editors help ensure that your message comes across clearly and coherently, without spelling errors, typos, inconsistencies or other problems that can detract from your writing and undermine your credibility. Readers and publishers alike respect works that are well-written and carefully edited, and a good editor can help improve your chances of getting published. If you want to self-publish your work, you’ll want to make sure it stands out from the crowd and gets positive reviews. And most importantly, having an editor allows you to focus your creative energy on writing.
What’s your normal turnaround time?
For books, usually two to three weeks – but please note that editing may not start immediately after manuscript submission. The timing depends on Spectrum’s schedule and editorial availability, and a deposit of half the estimated fee is typically required to reserve time for your book to be worked on. For other projects, the turnaround time is usually 24 to 72 hours, unless the job is quite extensive (a 110-page research paper, for example).
Do you have a minimum fee?
Yes. Spectrum Editing charges a minimum of $30. This generally applies to small projects (a page or two of website content, for example) that take an hour or less.
How do I pay you, and when is my payment due?
You can pay with a check (personal or corporate) made out to Spectrum Editing. Currently, we’re only accepting checks: however, a PayPal option is likely to be added soon. Payments are due within 30 days of receipt of an invoice.