1. What is your communication style?
Amy is very communicative, accessible and friendly.
2. How long does it take you to reply? (Do you reply?) How long will it take you to read?
Amy is usually fast. You can expect near immediate responses on emails regarding your project and fast read times on their manuscripts–the average read takes anywhere between 2-3 weeks but Amy will always strive for sooner.
3. To what extent are you editorial?
Amy reads and takes (detailed) notes and reads part of your revision (and if it requires, takes more notes and if you want her to continue reading, a fee will be discussed).
4. Will I be working solely with you, or will there be times I’ll work with an associate or assistant?
Clients will work directly with Amy.
5. How many clients do you take on at once? Are you confident you have enough time and energy to add another client to your roster? If it’s not already full, how many clients do you wish to have eventually?
At present, Amy’s currently taking 2-3 clients a month. She is not sure to what extent it will grow–she is extremely picky, after all–but she will never take on more than she can handle. She keeps a small and selective list so authors can have her full attention.
6. What kind of author agreement do you use?
The agreement states Amy is the freelance editor and will be paid a standard rate of .015/per word, .020/per word if rushed–need it read/edited within 1 week… Reading the first 50 pages of the revision are free but if you want her to read further, a fee can be discussed. Half of the fee is paid upfront (upon signing the agreement) and half is required upon completion (an invoice will be emailed when done). Or she will copy edit and proofread hourly (which will be due after)…
7. Will you be billing me for any extra costs? If so, what should I expect? How will those costs be charged to me?
The agreement states that in the event a long distance call is placed or a fax is made or postage is bought, authors will be charged but this would be rare as Amy conducts nearly all of her business electronically.
8. What happens if I can’t sell this book?
Amy can’t guarantee your book will find representation nor get offered a book deal. Her advice? Write another book. (Sometimes book 2 or 3 is the first book published.)
9. Can you recommend an agent for my work?
Amy will not recommend agents, sorry, however if you check in the back of books you like/books similar to yours, there in the acknowledgment page the agent is usually thanked–query those agents.
10. If you could pick the next (female) reboot what would you like to see?
This is, without a doubt, the hardest question! (Amy cannot pick just one, three immediately come to her mind!) Amy would choose “The Goonies” or “The Monster Squad” or “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (Amy would also love a “Shauna of the Dead”)!