Specializing in children’s literature and publishing
I respond to all queries via email within ten business days. Whether I'm a good match for your project or I don't feel I'm a good fit, I will let you know. If you have not heard from me within ten business days you should re-send your query. Emails do occasionally go astray, so it's ok to follow-up with me.
Once I begin working on a project, it typically takes me about three weeks to deliver my notes. Sometimes it takes me less time, especially with a shorter manuscript. But I allow myself three weeks to leave plenty of time for reading, thinking, and drafting my notes.
My lead time varies, but I typically book projects between 6 weeks and 2 months in advance of the start date. You shouldn't expect a query to result in an immediate start date. I will do my best to accommodate your schedule whenever possible, though.
I can help you draft and edit your query letter and/or book proposal and I can help you with researching which publisher or agency might be a good fit for you. I do not guarantee that I will put you in direct contact with specific agents or editors.
No. I'm strictly an editor, not a book doctor or ghost writer. I will read and critique your manuscript, analyze it, and help you consider it from a new perspective as you prepare to revise, develop, and polish your story. I do ask a lot of questions, make suggestions, and help you find your way during revisions, but I leave the writing to you.
The speed at which I complete a project almost always depends on how quickly an author revises and how deeply we're working on a manuscript. Revision takes time. The editorial process is time consuming and shouldn't be hurried. I do not dictate concrete deadlines (unless an author requests one!), but prefer to work with target dates that work for everyone involved.
I'm a content editor, not a copy editor. Copyediting and proofreading are essential for every manuscript and that type of work is a specialized skill. I do my best to catch typos, grammatical errors, and punctuation problems when I'm polishing a manuscript, but a text I've edited is not considered copyedited.
Catherine Frank Editorial Services is my full-time job and I strive to keep to standard business hours (Central time) Monday through Friday. I do make exceptions on an as-needed basis, but it's my preference to stick to regular office hours.
Payment by check (payable to: Catherine Frank Editorial Services, LLC) is preferred. Wire transfers and Venmo are available payment methods. Authors are responsible for any associated fees. Please do not send cash.