Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions are provided so that we both have an upfront understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me so that I can provide clarity and reassurance.

General overview

1.1 — These terms and conditions apply to work done on behalf of the Client (you) by Dragon Editing Services (me).

1.2 — I will provide an editing service (manuscript evaluation, copyediting, or proofreading) as we agreed upon in writing (including email).

1.3 — The Client is under no obligation to offer me work, and I am also under no obligation to accept work offered by the Client.

1.4 — The work will be carried out by me. I will not subcontract any of the Client’s work to third parties.

1.5 — The contract of service requires that the Client acknowledges—in writing (including email and via the booking-confirmation form)—that they have read, understood, and agreed to these terms and conditions.

Project terms

2.1 — Prior to commencement of the editing work, the Client and I will agree, in writing (including email), the terms of the project:

  • The editing service will be carried out in Microsoft Word
  • The material will be annotated by using Track Changes in Word
  • The length of time required to complete the project, as advised by me
  • The project booking fee, based on a quotation supplied by me, in writing (including email), following my evaluation of the material to be edited and the time frame required to complete the job
  • The date by which the material will be delivered by the Client to me
  • The date by which the project will be completed and the final payment will be sent

2.2 — Please note that if, after receiving the manuscript, it becomes clear that significantly more work is required than anticipated, I may renegotiate the deadline and/or the fee.

Payment

3.1 — I will provide an estimated cost for the amount of hours it should take me to edit the manuscript beforehand following my evaluation of a representative sample.

3.2 — Once the Client and I have agreed on the full fee, it is non-negotiable unless the Client extends the word count of the job or requests additional services. In this case, a revised quotation and completion date will be negotiated. 

3.3 — The Client will pay me $30 per hour as agreed in writing (including email).

3.4 — Unless otherwise agreed, I will supply the Client with an invoice immediately upon completion of the editing project.

3.5 — Unless otherwise agreed, the final payment should be received within 15 days of the invoice.

3.6 — If a payment is not received within 15 days, a late fee may be assessed.

Booking-confirmation form

4.1 — This booking-confirmation form is an agreement to the contract of services between me and the Client.

Booking fee

5.1 — When the Client has sent me the booking-confirmation form at the bottom of this page, I will issue the invoice for the booking fee.

5.2 — Booking fees are non-refundable.

5.3 — Booking fees are 25% of the quoted price.

5.4 — By filling in the booking-confirmation form, the Client agrees to secure my editing services for a mutually agreed-upon project at a specific time.

5.5 — The booking fee will be deducted from the final payment issued when the editing work is complete.

5.6 — The booking is considered confirmed once the booking fee has been paid by the Client and received by me.

5.7 — The booking fee should be paid within 5 days of sending this booking-confirmation form to secure a slot in my schedule.

Cancellation policy

6.1 — Both the Client and I have the right to terminate a contract for services at any time if there is a serious breach of its terms.

6.2 — The Client is free to cancel a service for any reason by providing me with a written notice (including email). I must acknowledge this cancellation in writing (including email) for this to be valid.

6.3 — I may cancel a service at any time for any reason by providing a written notice (including email) to the Client. In the unlikely event that I cancel a service, I will refund the reservation fee.

6.4 — If the Client is touched by difficult circumstances that cause a cancelation or delay (e.g. family crisis, illness), they should contact me to discuss the terms of the cancellation policy. I aim to be fair and helpful at all times.

6.5 — If I am touched by difficult circumstances that cause a cancellation or delay (e.g. family crisis, illness), I will contact the Client in writing (including email) at the earliest opportunity and do my best to renegotiate the deadline and provide solutions. If I have to stop the project all together, I will refund the reservation fee.

6.6 — If the Client cancels the work during the editing process, I reserve the right to invoice all work done up until that point (minus the booking fee).

Confidentiality

7.1 — The nature and content of the work will be kept confidential and not made known to anyone other than the Client without prior written permission.

7.2 — I will not, under any circumstances, upload the Client’s files to external websites or distribute them to third parties.

Copyright

8.1 — All content delivered to me by the Client for the editing project is owned by the Client.

8.2 — In this respect, the Client agrees to hold me harmless from all claims, liabilities, and expenses arising out of any potential or actual copyright or trademark misappropriation or infringement claimed against them.

8.3 — After I receive the final payment, any content created by me as part of the editing process will become the copyright of the Client unless otherwise agreed.

Limitations

9.1 — While I strive to deliver an error-free manuscript, I cannot guarantee it. My services do not guarantee acceptance by an agent or publisher.

Legal jurisdiction

10.1 — This agreement is interpreted and governed in accordance with the laws of Texas.

Please note that the following agreement is only for clients who have already discussed their project and agreed to a booking date and fee with me. If you wish to have a conversation with me about your project, please refer to the contact page.