File Formats

Accepted File Formats for Edits

I can work with files for any of the major Windows word processing programs, including Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx), Apache OpenOffice Writer (.odt), and LibreOffice Writer (.odt). I can also edit in Google Docs.

Mac Users

I cannot open Mac-only files, but Pages (.pages) documents can easily be exported to a Word file. Please let me know if you need help exporting your manuscript to a Windows-friendly format.

Editing in Google Docs

Except for developmental edits, once a link is submitted for editing, I do ask that you not revise the document further, apply changes, or comment in the document. Please wait until the edit is complete to review the document.

Because most edits include two readings, there are certain issues I address in the first reading and others that I address in the second edit, so any changes or notes I make in a first reading are not necessarily the final edit.

Multiple people making changes during an edit often leads to the introduction of errors and can drastically increase the time it takes to complete an edit. I am happy to work with authors who want to make live edits while I’m working on the file, but those edits are charged by the hour.

Large Google Doc files can begin to have trouble loading when a lot of suggestions and comments are added to the document. If you have a full-length book and want more than a light edit, the manuscript needs to be broken into several separate documents to reduce the file size and make loading faster.

Editing in Scrivener and Related Programs

Scrivener and other manuscript organization programs are wonderful tools for organizing your ideas and writing your book. With the exception of early-stage developmental edits, when it comes time to edit, you will want to export your manuscript to a word processing program. I do have Scrivener and can view files in that format, but if I edit in Scrivener, you will not be able to see my edits.

Editing Hard Copies and PDFs

Editing a physical copy of a manuscript is a perfectly legitimate