Not Just Texas Manuscript Editing …
Although I offer Texas manuscript editing services for authors in the Lone Star state, most of my clients reside throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia and Canada.
How do I manage face-to-face collaboration with clients who aren’t local to my area? Well, when it comes to actually seeing facial expressions and body language, Skype and FaceTime are great!
Skype software is free to download and allows me and my clients to have one-to-one calls and instant messages on our mobile phones, computers, or tablets. It really is instrumental in getting projects done efficiently and helps keep everyone on the same page. I like that it helps connect people on a more personal level.
Same with FaceTime! I’m able to converse with clients and see their reactions to ideas, editing suggestions, and manuscript tweaks. Users can make video and audio calls from their iPhones, iPads, or iPods all over the U.S. and worldwide, except for certain areas in the Middle East.
Other Ways of Sharing
Dropbox is a wonderful resource for file sharing, but I’ve also had clients snail mail boxes of documents, photos, journals and albums directly to me. My job is to go through and craft these assets into a story arc, especially with ghostwriting projects.
Some clients prefer to send me tape recordings and audio files. Some email me snippets of thoughts as they arise. Often I interview (or simply) converse with clients over the phone. There really is no “wrong” way to collaborate.
Worldwide and Texas Manuscript Editing
The bottom line is that we are able to create a manuscript that captures your unique story while retaining your voice and vision. It takes an experienced editor to do so, especially when multiple forms of communication are in play.
My commitment to my clients is to be accessible and open to various time zones, as well. I tend to be a night owl and work with clients in the evenings (or even the wee hours of the morning).