Legal: Submitting payment and the full manuscript/article is a binding contract. You, The Client, understands that all payments received are final, and once received, no cash refunds will be issued. In exchange, Sable Quill Creations LLC will provide the services paid for within the timeline established via email, with issuance of an invoice, for agreed upon services. Full payment must be submitted before editing work will begin. The payment must be submitted by the date in the invoice to avoid delay in the established editing timeline.
The Client agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Editor from any and all claims or demands, including legal fees, arising out of any alleged libel or copyright infringement committed by the Author or Client in creating the work. It is further acknowledged by the parties that Editor has not and will not engage in any research for the subject material and that the content shall solely be that of the Client.
Privacy: The Editor will not at any time, or in any manner, disclose, divulge, or communicate in any manner any information that is proprietary to the Client. The Editor will protect this information and treat it as strictly confidential. This provision will continue to be in effect after the termination of the contract.
Editing Process: The Editor will not rewrite sentences that have a problem as we at Sable Quill Creations are firm believers in everyone’s artistic visions. To rewrite is to tamper with your vision and we cannot bring ourselves to commit such artistic blasphemy. The editor will, however, highlight problem sentences and offer suggestions on what may make them more concise. The only time a sentence will be rewritten is if two words are clearly out of order and their order is clear, for typos, or a character’s name is incorrect (based on overall usage) or misused. These corrections will be highlighted and notated so you are aware that they have been changed. Your manuscript will be read at least three times. The first pass is just to familiarize the Editor with your work and your writing style as whole. The Editor will also flag any areas or sentences they may have stumbled over. The second pass is to mark misuses of words, names, places, and the like along with any misspellings. The third pass is to mark and notate on sentence issues, continuity problems, and consistency matters. If the Editor highlights an entire passage with the notation for a rewrite, it may contain other spelling and/or grammar errors as there was no line edit conducted. All problems, on a digital file, will be highlighted with different colors. These colors will be explained on a style sheet. The notations will be typed inline, bracketed, and put in bold font for easier viewing following the highlighted portions they pertain to. On a paper copy, problem areas will be placed into brackets and notations will be made under them.
Edited Product: Manuscripts will be edited inline whether they are digital or hard copy. This means that sections of issues, typos, and changes will be highlighted then, next to the highlighted section, a notation will be made about why the section is highlighted. The notations, on digital manuscripts, will be in brackets and in bold font for easier reading.
Each manuscript will be accompanied by a style sheet. A style sheet has the names of characters and places to assist in keeping track of them and to ensure the spelling of the names is consistent. The style sheet can also contain a glossary of terms and how those terms end up being formatted through out the manuscript. The style sheet will have the color key to the highlighting colors in a digital editing file as well as additional notations about the manuscript if necessary. Page numbers on the style sheet are the page numbers in the edited file, not the original, as notations increase the page count.
Character Names: Mixing up character names is a common problem for most writers. If a new name is found but this ‘new character’ reminds the Editor of another character, the Editor will email the Client for clarification before any name changes are made. It is entirely possible that it is a new character that was never properly introduced. More often than not, however, it is a previously introduced character but the original name was forgotten or was changed later on.
Future Publication: This is entirely optional. If the Client’s manuscript or article ends up published, Sable Quill Creations would love to post about their work on the Sable Quill Creations’ blog for Fantastic Reads Friday. We would also like to post the manuscript’s cover with purchase links or a link to the article in our Portfolio page. Sable Quill Creations will never post anything about a client’s work (finished or unfinished) unless the Client has given permission for us to post.