Donation-based Editing Services

hush-naidoo-498053I have been on a roller-coaster ride as an adjunct English professor for the past couple of years. Budget cuts across the state and at the local university have made waiting till the very last minute to know if I have a job the norm. Needless to say, this is not ideal. In addition, I am raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder on my own. This makes jumping out into the “normal,” inflexible workforce nearly impossible as my top priority is the parenting and stability of my son. This requires me to be available at a moment’s notice in order to tend to his needs. After a few years of this roller-coaster – do I have a job, do I not have a job – I have decided to jump off and build a life around “what is” rather than “what I wish it could be” or “think it should be.” Standing in the space of what is (no full-time, permanent job and $200,000 in student loans), and asking the question, “How can I serve?,” I have come to realize that much of what I have to give to the world right now is not money or material things but my time. Pair that with a service that lights me up the most – helping other writers – and a new idea emerged: donation-based feedback, editing, and proofreading services.

Recently, I was working with a manuscript for a friend, and it became clear to me how much reading other writers’ manuscripts and offering feedback feeds my soul. It is something that comes intuitively and naturally to me, and it is something I immensely enjoy. I have also found, as a writer, that there are so many services I believe I could benefit from that are completely out of my reach financially. Sometimes I can look at it as a sign from the Universe that that particular service is not something that I need right now anyway, but other times, it is just makes me feel small, insignificant, and that I’m missing out on something great. Since I know there are so many writers out there who cannot afford set fees for editing and feedback services, I have decided to offer my skills and expertise on a donation basis.

My Qualifications

I have been working as a freelance editor since 2007 and an adjunct English professor since 2015. Additionally, I earned an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English in 2014. If you would like more information about me, please visit my About page.

What I’m Offering

I am offering detailed feedback on creative nonfiction and fiction manuscripts along with editing and proofreading. There will be no payment required or expected for this service. However, if you find my feedback is valuable to you, and you can afford to pay something, you can donate whatever amount works best for you and your situation using the “donate” button below. If you find that the feedback that I have offered you is not valuable, you will have lost nothing because you are not required nor expected to pay anything for the service I have provided.

How It Works

I will be taking on one manuscript at a time – any length. I will be providing feedback on manuscripts on a first come first serve basis. Once I have completed a manuscript, I will move on to the next manuscript on the waiting list and will contact that author to see if they are still interested in my services. Please note that providing feedback on a manuscript will take me some time to complete. If you are in a hurry, this would not be an appropriate service for you. I will be providing feedback during my free time and at my own pace. Additionally, if I believe, after evaluating your manuscript, that it is something that I cannot offer constructive feedback on, I will contact you and let you know. For all feedback, editing, and proofreading, I will be using track changes and comments in Microsoft Word. This means you will need to submit your manuscript in a file format that can be opened with and saved in Microsoft Word.

To Sign Up

If you are interested in this donation-based editing service, please fill out the form below, and I will be in contact with you soon.

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