Working With Alexandra

Working With Alexandra

Below are guidelines designed to make us all happy. At the end of the day, I want to deliver a final project that exceeds your wildest expectations, and clear communication is a big part of that. On this page I outline information on minimum advance notice of deadline, payment schedules, and cancellation and rush fees.

Minimum Advance Notice

In fairness to your needs and my other client obligations, all projects carry a minimum advance notice of deadline. Projects received less than the minimum advance notice incur a rush fee of 30% per project, and need to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Line editing, copyediting, and proofreading assume prior editorial work. I will tell you if I feel your manuscript (MS) is not ready for a particular step.

Though the timelines below are minimum advance notice, in practice I am booked ahead and recommend you contact me to discuss your project a month in advance of when you wish to start work. This also allows us time for a discovery call to make sure our partnership is a good fit. Please visit the appropriate Services page  to begin the process.

Notice to avoid rush fees:

One week

  • Proofreading for MS up to 200 pages
  • Copyediting for MS up to 100 pages

Two weeks

  • Copyediting for MS 100-200 pages
  • Manuscript evaluation and critique up to 100 pages

Three weeks

  • Copyediting for manuscripts >200 pages
  • Line editing up to 150 pages
  • Manuscript evaluation and critique 100-200 pages

Four weeks

  • Line editing >150 pages
  • Manuscript evaluation and critique >200 pages
  • Developmental/content edit


  • Writing submission for coaching: see Writing Coaching page
  • Ghostwriting: specified in contract

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Payment Schedule

Except in rare instances such as the back cover, I bill by the project, not by the hour or word. In this way, you will never be surprised by fee totals.

I require a deposit before work begins: one-third to one-half the project fee, depending on the scope of the project. For editorial work comprising several stages, the deposit is typically a portion of the full project fee, and interval payments are due at the start of each subsequent stage.

Monthly coaching payments are due at the start of each month, and the payments for the Temperature Check (formerly DIY Coaching) are due at the time of your writing submission.

The final balance is due upon completion of the project.

Dates for delivery of pieces, interval payments, and revision schedules based on your feedback will be outlined in our agreement before project kick-off.

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Cancellation and Rush Fees

Editorial work takes time and has value. Be sure you wish to proceed before you make your first payment. Cancellation fees apply based on the size and scope of your project, as well as the amount of work completed. Projects cancelled after work is completed are payable in full.

Projects that require less than the minimum advance notice shown above are considered “rush” and incur a fee of 30% per project. If multiple editorial stages are rush, each stage is subject to the rush fee. Rush jobs must be discussed and approved in advance.

For any service, be sure your book meets the genre guidelines.

As always, please reach out to me with any of your questions or concerns. My goal is to help you put your best words forward.

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