FAQ

  • WHY DO I NEED AN EDITOR?

    Behind every great writer is a great editor. As a writer, you’re an expert in your field—and a good editor will help you to ensure that you communicate the message you want to send to the people you most want to hear it, without mistakes or other distractions to get in the way. Great actors have scriptwriters, directors, cinematographers, makeup artists, and set designers to showcase their talent. As a writer, your crew is your editor, your proofreader, your graphic designer, your indexer—they’re the ones who polish your raw material until it shines. Even if you're an experienced professional, Grey Editing's quality editorial services will improve your work.

  • WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY WORK EDITED?

    Depending on the editing task at hand, your editor can become involved at different points in the process. Developmental editing involves organizing the book’s structure and direction and can begin in the early stages of the book or after a first draft has been written. Manuscript editing begins once the author has completed a draft. Proofreading usually begins after the edited manuscript has been laid out by a graphic designer. See the Editorial Services page to figure out what’s right for you.

  • CAN YOU EDIT MY PROJECT RIGHT AWAY?

    If I can accommodate your schedule, I will, but due to high demand, projects are usually scheduled a few months ahead of time. Please keep this in mind as you plan your schedule.

  • HOW MUCH DOES PROFESSIONAL EDITING COST?

    It really depends on what you’re asking your editor to do! I price projects individually, based on the scope of the task, the length of the document, and the time allotted for the task. To request a quote, please contact me and send a copy of your document.

    Quality editorial services aren’t cheap, but they’re worth every penny. Just ask Grey Editing's clients.

    Please do not ask me to work for free.

  • WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN YOU EDIT MY WORK?

    Before starting work, I will review the document to be edited and ask questions to determine the level of editing you require. You’ll get a detailed price quote that lays out the specifics of the project; once you approve it, I'll start work. You will have a chance to review the changes your document and offer feedback or ask questions, and then I’ll incorporate your suggestions into the final document. This is the basic process, but it can be customized to the specific needs of your project.

  • IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WON’T WRITE OR EDIT?

    We do not provide translation, web development, graphic design, or self-publishing services, but are happy to refer you to our trusted partners for these services.

    We do not work with self-publishing authors but will gladly refer you to excellent editors who specialize in this field.

    We will not edit plagiarized work or work that violates the law, copyright, or an academic honor code.

    If your document is highly technical or specialized, please contact us so that we can determine whether we have the appropriate resources to help you or provide you with a referral.

    We do not work on hateful, racist, or misogynist texts.

  • HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?

    Grey Editing’s owner, Sarah Grey, has been writing and editing since childhood and has been a full-time freelance editor since 2011. She is a copyeditor for Copyediting, leads professional development seminars for other editors, and is a sought-after speaker at professional conferences for editors. See the About page for more about her career.

    Sarah sometimes works with additional editors who have special expertise in certain subject areas. You will always have the opportunity to review your editor’s resume and qualifications before work begins.

  • DO YOU WORK ON FICTION OR POETRY?

    I specialize in nonfiction in the humanities, but I make occasional exceptions for fiction or poetry manuscripts that have already been accepted for publication by a traditional publisher.

  • WHAT IS LOCALIZATION AND WHY WOULD I WANT IT?

    Your readers should always feel as though you’re speaking directly to them. Localization means editing spellings, idioms, and phrasing, as well as units of measurement and currency where appropriate, to match the English dialect of your readers. I offer localization from British, Indian, and other varieties of English into US English and from US English into UK English.

  • WHY DO I NEED AN INDEXER? AREN’T THERE COMPUTER PROGRAMS TO DO THAT?

    A good index means a lot to your readers, whether they’re searching for a recipe, desperately seeking the solution to a problem, or researching scholarly work. If you want the information in your book to be easily accessible to readers, casual browsers, and researchers, you need a high-quality index—and quality indexes can only be produced by a living, breathing indexing specialist.

  • CAN YOU GET MY BOOK PUBLISHED?

    No. Grey Editing is not a literary agency.

  • CAN YOU HELP ME SELF-PUBLISH MY BOOK?

    No, but my colleagues Dick Margulis and Ally Machate can.

  • WILL YOU SPEAK TO MY STUDENTS/EMPLOYEES ABOUT WRITING AND EDITING?

    Yes! Please see the Seminars page for details.

  • HOW CAN I GET STARTED?

    Contact Grey Editing today for a free consultation and quote!