My editing philosophyMy approach to working with editing clients is based on several beliefs I hold about the writing process and the best way for an editor and a writer to work together.
- The editing work should support the writing process. Although not all writers’ processes look the same, there is a definite order of operations, and certain types of feedback belong in certain stages of the writing project. I give you the right information at the right time, which helps you focus on the right level of revision and prevents overwhelm.
- I am neither a subordinate nor a boss. I am an articulate and honest outside perspective, a partner in your thinking and your process. My clients don’t hire me to tell them what to do; they hire me to tell them what I see—what’s working and not working—and to help them come up with solutions that will achieve their vision for their project while meeting readers’ needs and expectations.
- Mutual respect is key to a productive writer-editor relationship. I respect your time, money, process, and autonomy. This is why I offer high-quality services at fair rates and support your vision for your work rather than trying to superimpose my own.
- The focus should be on writing something that you need to write and/or the world needs to read, not on what sells. There's nothing wrong with wanting to make money off your writing, but in my view, the goal is to find the right audience for your writing rather than to write for a particular market. My strength is not in knowing what the market will support; it's knowing how to create a satisfying reader experience.
- Whether you want to query, submit to contests, or self-publish, if you want to get your work out there, at some point you have to have to decide that it’s good enough. I help writers determine what that point is and support them in making their writing the best it can be given the available resources.
What to expectWhen you contact me, I'll start by asking you some basic questions about your project. You may not know all the answers right away, and that's okay; part of the purpose of the conversation is to give you information that can help you make those decisions. I listen carefully and ask questions to make sure I know exactly what you want. I may also ask you some questions to determine whether writing coaching might be a good option for meeting your needs. We'll then move on to a sample edit of your work in progress. If after the sample edit you decide to hire me for your project, we'll work together to create an editing agreement, including a quote for the job and a timeline to completion, that fits the needs of the writing as well as your timeline and budget. After we have a signed agreement, we can begin working together on your project.
Ready to start talking about your editing needs? Email me at sioneaeschliman (at) gmail (dot) com. I look forward to speaking with you soon!