The sample edit is free. It enables me to establish the level of editing required, estimate how long (in hours) the whole project will take, and provide the client with an example of my work.
In the case of a novel, I usually ask for a random chapter to be emailed through for the sample, and I edit a minimum of 1,000 words. I aim to return the completed sample, via email, within 3-5 working days. (Please note that I do not carry out a sample edit on a short story of less than 3,000 words.)
After I have completed the sample, I send the client two documents of the edited text: one shows markups, comments, and queries; the other is a clean version (for ease of reading).
I also provide a quote for editing the whole typescript. Depending on the level of editing required, my quote may differ from the estimate given on the fee calculator. Any increase will be explained.
Upon completion of the sample edit, there is no obligation to the client to go ahead with the service, but I do ask to be informed, as soon as possible, if the client does not wish to continue, as I may have more than one open enquiry.
If the client proceeds with the service, I raise a proforma invoice and request a deposit. This is generally half of the full fee. Once this is paid, the service can commence. Payment of the deposit forms a binding contract.