If you like what you’ve seen and read so far, our next step is to talk in person, on the phone, or via Skype about your work and your vision.

It could end right there. You might decide I’m not the right editor for you. You might decide you want to shop around before making a decision. But if we both feel confident about our chemistry as collaborators, we're ready to proceed to the next stage. I’ll ask you to e-mail me the chapter you’ve worked on most and the chapter you've worked on least, along with an outline or table of contents. I will edit the two chapters and use them as the basis for an estimate of how much the entire project will cost.

If you like what you see, I will then draft a letter of agreement defining our respective roles and outlining payment terms.

Finally, we get to work!