A deposit of 50% is due at the time of booking (signing of the contract), with remaining 50% due upon delivery of the manuscript. You will receive a 10% discount for edits (20% for coaching) if you pay in full at the time of booking. I accept personal checks, as well as most major credit and debit cards via Paypal.


  1. E-mail me at stephanie@srsstringham.com, including the following information: your name, phone number, and e-mail address; the text’s genre or specialty/purpose and intended audience; and the editing service(s) you desire. Be sure to attach your document(s) to the e-mail.
  2. I will respond within 7 days. My response will include an invoice and a contract specifying (1) date by which the edit will be complete (first round for a development edit), (2) services to be performed, and (3) confirmation of total cost. If I cannot take your work on for any reason, I will refer you to someone else.
  3. You have 7 days to return the contract, confirm due date, and make initial payment. Please note that the completion date I provide is guaranteed for only 7 days. If initial payment is not made and contract signed within 7 days, your manuscript’s place in my queue will likely change.
  4. Within 48 hours of receiving payment, I will provide you with a receipt and will again confirm delivery date of the manuscript (critique letter for coaching).
  5. I will return marked-up files to you as soon as I have completed the edit. (In the unlikely event that I return an edit after midnight Eastern time of the due date, I will refund 10% of the editing fee you paid. If I return the project more than 7 days late, I provide a 20% discount.)
  6. Most projects (first round of a development edit) will be complete within 8 weeks of booking. The shorter the document and/or the less complicated the service, the faster the turnaround time.
  7. For further help, you can view my coaching and editing contracts.


Still not sure I’m the right match for you?

I am happy to perform a complimentary sample copyedit of up to 3,000 words (about 10 double-spaced pages in 12-point font) for most manuscripts (fewer for a children’s book), along with one or two paragraphs recommending a level of service. Please send your entire manuscript.


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