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By Elizabeth d’Anjou
Looking for advice on editing the editing life? Whether you’re a beginner looking for tips on starting out or an old hand looking for another perspective, veteran editor Aunt Elizabeth is ready to address your queries. Submit them to [email protected]—you may find the answers you are looking for in next month’s column.
(1) Dear Aunt Elizabeth,
Recently a client sent me a book foreword he wanted edited. A few hours later, he emailed me asking if he could send me an updated version. I received the second draft on Sunday and he wanted the edit by Tuesday because he needed to get it to his publisher on Wednesday. Tuesday afternoon I returned the edited foreword to him.
But on Wednesday morning, 6:30 AM, when I checked my email, there he was, telling me that I had edited the wrong version. He had painstakingly transferred my edits into his second version so that he could meet his deadline. Gasp! Not a nice wake-up call! I told him I wouldn’t charge him; he replied saying he had to pay me; I replied saying not charging him was the only way I could acknowledge my mistake. In the end, we agreed I would charge him for three of the five hours I spent editing. Did I do the right thing? (more…)