Q: How long will it take you to read my book?
A: It depends on your book! Generally, for a basic edit I estimate 1.5 – 2 hours per 10,000 words.
Q: What about turnaround time?
A: If there is nothing else on my plate, I estimate a week per 30,000 words. If I have other stuff going on, it will take longer.
If you need something faster, I can sometimes accommodate you. I may ask you to pay a rush fee.
If you know you will need a quick turnaround, I recommend getting in touch with me as far in advance as possible so I can block out time for your project on my calendar.
I will work you to meet your timelines and deadlines if I can! But keep in mind that you will get more complete, creative feedback if you give me longer to let your story percolate in my brain.
Q: Do you do Jewish sensitivity reads?
A: No. That simply isn’t something I’m good at. (But I am always thrilled to help with Jewish history research and answer questions!)
If I were hiring an Ashkenazi Jewish sensitivity reader for myself, I would definitely choose Katherine Locke. I really trust her judgment both about books and about Judaism.
If your Jewish character is Sephardi, Aleksei Valentin read “All or Nothing” for me and I recommend him without reservation. You can get in touch with him at valentinaleksei (at) gmail (dot) com.
Q: Can you put me in touch with agents or publishers?
A: No. I barely know any agents or editors anyway! I help people with their books, not their careers.
Q: Do you do copyediting or proofreading?
A: No. I highly recommend Kim Runciman of Night Vision Editing! She has great judgment and good general historical knowledge.