3) Sample Edit
Does the editor provide a sample edit? How many words? Is the sample edit free? If the editor charges for the sample edit, what is the cost? If the editor charges for the sample edit, is this cost deducted from the total editing fee if you choose the editor?
The sample edit is used for the editor to determine an editing rate based on the author and manuscript. The sample edit will also provide the author with an example of the editor’s work.
4) Editing Process
How does the editor provide the service? Are Microsoft Word Track Changes and Comments features used? What is the average turnaround time? Does the editor provide updates during editing? What does the editor require from you before, during, and after editing?
What type and level of communication do you need? Is the editor available via e-mail, Internet chat programs (e.g., Facebook messenger, Skype), phone calls, and/or text messages? The communication process starts before you choose your editor. Does the editor respond in a timely fashion (usually within 2-4 business days) of your initial editing inquiry?