Editing

Status

I’m currently open for editing short fiction and novelettes of up to 10,000 words. If you’d like me to take a look at non-fiction or articles or essays, please query first.

Experience

My editing experience comes from 10 years of writing and workshopping speculative fiction (some of which was at the Clarion Writers Workshop), 3 years as a Submissions Editor for Uncanny Magazine, and 2 years of journalism desk work. As such, although my critique is all-around, you can expect an eye toward story structure, character interaction, and phrasing nuance and concision.

Services

Please indicate which of the following you’d like me to provide:

  • Critique – A general overview of what works and doesn’t work in your story.
  • Proofreading – Can’t get the hang of tenses? Forgot a word? Missed a typo? I can fix it for you.
  • Line edits – I’ll edit your story line by line so that each line is in harmony with the other.
  • Structural edits – If you feel like your story isn’t quite hanging together, I can find out where to patch it up for seamlessness.
  • Sensitivity reads – If you’d like to write a character or culture that isn’t yours with respect, I can point out what you did well and what you can do better with your female, Filipino, chronically ill or mentally ill (depression/anxiety/PTSD), and/or brown characters.
  • Translation – I am fluent in English and Tagalog, so I can help you translate some dialogue with accuracy.

Payment

For Filipino writers based in the Philippines, I have a separate table of fees from those below. Please drop me a line to inquire.

For international writers, it is a must that you have a PayPal account. I charge a base fee of 120 USD and an hourly rate of 30 USD. Drop me a line and I’ll give you a quote. My first five clients get a 20% discount.

There is a non-negotiable downpayment of 50% at the beginning of the project.

Process

  1. Email me your story as an attachment with “[QUERY]” in the subject line. Please also state your story’s genre and the word count in the body of the email. Note: Stories copy pasted in the body of the email and inquiries regarding this service without “[QUERY]” in the subject line will go unanswered.
  2. I’ll acknowledge your email and assess your story (initial reading, how long I’ll take to complete the work). It may take up to 3 days for me to assess. After that, I’ll reply with my projected time and then the real work can start.
  3. You’ll also receive a contract that from me that you must sign and date and send back to me.
  4. The day after I’m paid the 50% downpayment is the day I’ll start logging my hours.

Contact

Interested? Drop me a line at hello@vidacruz.org with “[QUERY]” in the subject line so that I can identify that this is about the editing service.