S. Rénā + Co. Editorial Boutique works to create trust and accountability, two key elements to any successful collaboration—personal or professional. In an effort to bridge the gap between many publishing knowns and unknowns, I support my clients in all of their realistic literary aspirations that meet the following expectations and fall within normal guidelines as communicated below.
Terms and Conditions
We mutually agree to adhere to being responsible, respectful, and kind individuals when conducting business via telephone, email correspondence, virtual platforms, and/or in person. (i.e., no unlawful behavior, hate speech, bullying, promotions, spam, etc.) We further agree, depending upon individually contracted services, as described below.
Please note that many of the following came as a result of poor client experiences, which caused me to set contractual parameters to protect all clients, as well as myself.
1. Can you change "may copyedit" to "shall copyedit?" No.
In the contract, the usage of the words "may copyedit" are intended to let you know that I copyedit as a courtesy, but I'm not obligated to do so—no developmental editor is. Just like copyeditors aren’t obligated to do developmental edits. (This gets addressed in the New Client Discovery Call.)
2. What are the exact "additional fees?" See below.
The term "additional fees" is used twice throughout the contract to specify that editing and revisions fees are for the sole purpose of ensuring that clients adhere to editing and revisions guidelines. All fees are to encourage clients to stay on schedule. (This gets covered in the Client Review halfway through the project.)
a) Editing: If while I am editing your file, which becomes the new file, you go back and start
working on your old file with the expectation that I will edit again, it resets the document as
if I never started. That is a new file all over again, being edited a second time, at full cost.
(This is for clients who are changing content after submitting a file. All new content has to
be checked to ensure it is in line and consistent with each read. An editor cannot restart an
old file, especially after solidifying a new one. Those are treated as two separate projects,
which throws the schedule off.)
b) Revisions: If we agree that you will have any rewrites submitted within five days, and you
miss that deadline, an additional $75 fee will be billed. This is because when you have your
file, I am starting a new one for someone else. When they are reviewing their file, I should
be getting yours back. If I don’t receive yours back on time, I have to move every project
after yours back. In some instances, I will have to work you back in, which might not be for
months. In that case, there may be a $250 fee if you need it rushed to meet your release
date (because at that point everybody is behind, and I cannot charge them anything for it.)
3. Can I make payment arrangements or pay in installments? Yes.
Payments are scheduled in increments: Initial Deposit 1/4 of the total amount, Editorial Review 1/2 of the remaining balance, and Final Revisions with the remaining balance paid in full unless otherwise indicated. (NOTE: I do not release any finalized files until final payment is made. You will have adequate time to tell me whether you accept or reject suggested changes during our Client Review session. When we get to the end, you will know what your clean files will look like because we will have gone over them together.)
4. Can you not disclose my information? Yes.
No portion of your manuscript will be used or shared without your explicit permission or until the book is published. (I do ask for a copy of your book cover to promote.)
5. Does the term "save harmless" equal to "hold harmless?" Yes.
Since I am using all of your original content (to my knowledge), if anything is not yours, and the original owner of the content files a claim against you, I am not liable for using what you gave me to use.
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“Imagine the impossible with possibilities.” ~Shaundale Rénā
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Shaundale Rénā is an American multi award-winning freelance editor and an Amazon bestselling author. She holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Grambling State University and a certification in Technical Writing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Shaundale is also the author of one published book, Once Broken, Now Blessed (2009), as well as a contributing author for two additional publications that include If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now (2017), which debuted at #16 on Amazon Self-Help/Self-Esteem, and My Story, My Journey: Collateral Beauty (2019). A professional by day and an artist by night, she balances both worlds by watching all things Marvel and DC―hence the persona @StonyRhodes―and celebrates her first novel, Second Time Around, debuting as a 2016 Crystal award-winner for best newcomer on Wattpad.com.
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