Q: Why do I need an editor?
A: If you’re like us, you want your audience to focus on the narrative, the juice of the story, the impact that you’ll have in their lives. You want to reach the widest audience possible. Editors are essentially “word designers”: we streamline your work so the message is the first (and last) thing your audience takes away.
Q: I just have a website / app / online platform. I can do the editing myself, that’s what Grammarly is for!
A: You can absolutely do that. For online platforms, two primary concerns are written tone (think text messages: are they angry? Are they being sarcastic?), and out-of-date or exclusive language, which can alienate whole demographics.
Stone Fruit offers up-to-date knowledge of inclusive language, and extensive experience working with written tone. With an editing practice based in linguistics, sociolinguistics, English, advocacy work, and psychology, we can make sure your words say exactly what you mean.
Q: What does the editing process entail?
A: So, you made the leap from browsing the web to reaching out to an editor. What now?
If you have looked through the services offered and decided that Stone Fruit might be a good fit, you can send a message through the contact form with your information and a brief description of your project.
You can expect a response within 1-2 business days via email, phone, or Skype (whichever you would prefer). If your project appears to be within our scope, we will ask for you to send a sample (sample size determined by project size – up to 1000 words) along with some further information such as preferred feedback format, intended audience, and desired tone. We will return the edited sample to you along with a quote for the rest of the project.
Going forward, I will ask you to fill out a standard freelance agreement form provided by Editors Canada and send that to me, along with a fifty percent deposit to secure services. I accept Paypal, Interac e-transfer, cash, or cheque. Once the work is finished to your satisfaction, I will send you an invoice. You will be provided with a receipt upon the completion of payment in full.
Q: What is a sliding scale? Am I eligible?
A: Sliding scale payment schemes are in place for accessibility purposes. This is done on the honour system, no questions asked.
Here, however, I will ask you to consider whether you are part of a marginalized community, and if you have the resources to pay the standard rate, to do so. We are a queer-owned and -operated business, and 15% of all fees go towards RAVEN Trust.
Q: Why do you donate 15% of your product fee to RAVEN Trust?
A: I live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. This is, quite literally, the least I can do.
Q: My questions weren’t answered here. What about my question?
A: If you have any further questions, please send me a message. I look forward to working with you.