Q: What do I do next?
- To begin, all potential editors must register and complete the following
- Resume Builder
- Web Page Builder
- Editing Tests
- Nondisclosure Agreement
- Next, you must wait until I give your submitted information and your
Web page a personal review.
- If successful, you will be notified that your Web page and profile
have been activated. (This can take anywhere from one day to two
- Only those editors whose Web pages have been Activated are eligible
to receive New Project Notifications.
- For those who are not successful, all information connected to your
email address and your name will be deleted, and notification of this
will be sent. (This can take anywhere from one day to two weeks)
- EditFast provides a free service to editors. There are promotional
tools provided to help activated editors promote their free Web pages
and their skills and talents as editors. When new projects are received
from clients by the EditFast administration, these projects will be
sent out to the best-qualified editor taking into consideration the
needs of the client and the needs of the document. Our goal is to provide
work to as many editors as possible. However, you should be aware that
at no time is EditFast under any obligation to provide work
to any editor. You are a freelancer. You are free to search
for opportunities wherever they might be. EditFast is one of those opportunities.
We do our best, but the wait for your first project may be a long one.
Your patience is appreciated.
All editors must complete the Resume
Builder forms. Clients have the ability to search for an editor from
the Clients' Resource Area using a variety of parameters of their own
choosing. The client may have very specific needs, therefore, the more
information you supply in the Resume Builder the better your chances of
landing a project that is suited to your skills and specializations. Because
of the way the search function is set up, the greater the variety of words,
synonyms, and descriptions you use in your profile and on your Web page,
the wider your appeal and the more clients your information will reach.
In order to broaden your appeal to searching clients it is to your advantage
to provide as much information about your skills as an editor, proofreader,
and/or writer as you can, but at the same time, you should only provide
information to the extent that you feel comfortable. Some of the information
from these forms relating to your skills as an editor is used on your
page which is available to EditFast clients, search engines such
as Google, and the general public.
To protect your
security and privacy your personal information—last
name, email address, telephone number, mailing address, or any other
personal contact information—is kept strictly confidential
and is never given out to anyone or any company at anytime.
2. Web Page Builder
The EditFast Web
Page Builder is your link to the world. Clients all around the world
will be able to find your Web page using a search engine like Yahoo! or
Google. Once you complete the Web
Page Builder form and your profile has been Activated, your EditFast
Web page will be available to the general public and will be found by
the search engines within a month of its completion. Unfortunately, I
have very little control over when your Web page will show up on the search
engine results pages. Usually this will happen within 4 - 6 weeks for
Google. I am always looking for ways to improve the Web-page building
process and get your page listed by the search engines.
Your personal web page serves three purposes:
- It acts as your public profile
- It brings clients and projects directly to your email inbox
- It acts as a doorway to the EditFast Web site attracting clients and
generally improving EditFast's exposure to the world which in turn benefits
you. The more pages there are on the EditFast web site the better the
chances of attracting potential clients
All clients who contact you through your personal Web page are yours.
When a client clicks the Contact this editor link on the
editor's Web page, a notification that there is a message waiting is sent
to the editor's email address. The editor is then free to download the
document and give the client a firm estimate. The editor is also free
to decline the project. If the project is declined, the editor MUST
contact me stating the reasons for declining. For all projects the
editor gets 60% of the final negotiated price. EditFast gets 40%. The
client pays EditFast, and EditFast pays the editor through the editor's
There are three editing/proofreading
tests that must be completed. Each test is a separate item. Once
you start one of the tests, you must complete it in that browser session.
You do not have to complete all three tests in one session or even in
one day. You can come back at anytime and complete the tests you have
not yet attempted. Your test scores are available only to you and the
EditFast administration. The test is only one of the factors used to decide
on the most appropriate editor for a project. The editing tests are mainly
used as a screening tool so that we can achieve our goal of providing
the highest-quality editing service to our clients--->Fast.
Make sure you have time to complete each test and that you will not be
interrupted. You should pick a time when you know your ISP connection
is solid (low traffic days, late at night, early in the morning). If your
connection is lost or interrupted, the test you are working on may become
invalidated and the scores will not be recorded.
4. Nondisclosure Agreement
All editors must read and agree to the nondisclosure
agreement by clicking on the I Agree button. Our clients
place their trust in us, and we must preserve that trust. This nondisclosure
agreement ensures that the client's information and documents are
kept in the strictest confidence and protected from any attempt to copy
or distribute them in any way. This is a legally binding document.
Is there a membership fee? Do I have to pay for this?
The EditFast services to editors are completely free. Projects are given
to those editors who are selected by clients and the EditFast administration
according to the needs of the client and the needs of the document. For
all projects the editor gets 60% of the final negotiated price. EditFast
gets 40%. The client pays EditFast and EditFast pays the editor through
the editor's PayPal account.
Q: What are the advantages
of registering with EditFast as an editor?
A: After signing up with EditFast, passing the screening procedure,
my personal review, and getting your Web page Activated, you are eligible
- Receive New Project Notifications
and accept projects directly from clients or from the EditFast administration.
When submitting a new project, every client has two options:
A) Let EditFast look after everything
If the client chooses this option, negotiations and initial discussions
will take place between the client and the EditFast administration.
Editors will have an opportunity to receive these projects from the
EditFast administration depending on the qualifications and skills
required by the client and the document requirements. EditFast acts
as director and coordinator of projects and accepts responsibility
for promotion of the web site and your skills, as well as acting as
the collector and distributor for payments. In return, EditFast gets
40% of each project's final price. Clients pay EditFast and EditFast
pays the editors. An invoice must be sent to EditFast (see
below) by the editor. All invoices will be paid on the last day
of the month following the month of receipt of the invoice.
B) I want to search for my own editor
If the client chooses this option, negotiations and discussions
will take place between the chosen editor and the client via the Negotiation
Table. You must send the client an estimate using the estimate
form. For this option you set the price and negotiate with
the client. EditFast acts as director and coordinator of projects
and accepts responsibility for promotion of the web site and your
skills, as well as acting as the collector and distributor for payments.
In return, EditFast gets 40% of each project's final price. Clients
pay EditFast and EditFast pays the editors. An invoice must be sent
to EditFast (see below) by the editor.
All invoices will be paid on the last day of the month following the
month of receipt of the invoice.
Once chosen for a project by a
client, you have an advantage with that client because your name is placed
in that client's Favorites file making it easy for them to contact
you for future projects. If you do a good job, you can be assured
that client will return to you with another project. Do a good
job, and build your client base!
- Have your own Personal
Web Page Activated so that it is available to prospective clients,
search engines, and the general public. This is your link to the
- Increase your presence on the web so that prospective clients can
find you by using the EditFast Search
Engine AutoSubmit software to submit the URL of your Personal
Web Page to hundreds of search engines.
- Increase client awareness of your editing skills and specialization.
- Have a chance at being the featured
editor and have your profile linked directly from the EditFast main
page for one week. (This is not available yet but is coming soon.)
- Accept messages directly from clients via your EMC
(Editor's Message Center).
- Access the EditFast Grammar
- Access future benefits now in development
- Access additional paid options
- Use the EditFast WebSpellCheck
software to automatically find Web site typos (calling them typos
is being kind )
all over the Internet, and subsequently contact the owner of that
web site to politely offer your editing services. There are millions
of possibilities here. (This application is still in development.)
- Submit your resume to thousands of publishing houses, translation
companies, editing companies, newspapers, magazines, and important
individuals in the editing business all around the world using the
EditFast Resume Trumpet.
(This application is still in development.)
How much do I get paid?
A: For projects that come directly from the EditFast administration,
the chosen editor will be offered a chance to provide an estimate. I do
not simply choose the editor with the lowest rate—that would not be good
business. My goal is to provide high-quality editing services. I choose
the editor with the best qualifications for the project. However, there
may be times when the rate necessitated by the client's budget does not
match the rate of the best-qualified editor. In this case the project
will be given to the editor best suited to the client's budget. Clients
pay EditFast, and EditFast pays the editors. A formal invoice is generated
from the numbers entered on the Estimator and is sent to
EditFast (see below) upon completion
of the project. All outstanding invoices will be paid on the last day
of the month following the month of receipt of the invoice.
The rate for projects received directly from clients that have chosen
to search for their own editor on the client registration
and document submission form is decided by your own estimate to the client.
The price is thus dependent on the client's budget and your own preferences.
Q: When will I get paid?
A: EditFast pays all outstanding invoices on the last day of the
month following the month of receipt of the invoice.
Q: How do
I Receive Payment From EditFast?
Payments to freelancers will be made through PayPal, the
EditFast payment processor. To set up your PayPal account, visit
Q: How do I find out
about an editing project?
A: New Project Notifications will arrive in your email inbox from
either the EditFast admin or directly from a potential client. In these
messages there will be a link to the client's message and the project
Steps from initiation to completion of a project:
- Client finds editor's Web page
- Client clicks Contact this editor link
- Client sends message to editor
- Editor receives email containing link to client's message and project
- Editor downloads the document and assesses it
- Editor sends client project estimate
- Client receives email containing link to editor's estimate
- Client accepts editor's estimate (if client declines estimate or proposes something different, go back to step 6 above)
- Project begins
- Editor completes project and sends it to client from MC (Message Center)
- Any followup from client is dealt with via MC
- Editor sends invoice to EditFast for 60% of total project price
- EditFast pays editor on the last day of the month following the month
of receipt of the invoice
There are three ways that this process can be initiated:
- Through your EditFast Web page
A client finds your EditFast Web page while using one of the search
engines or via the search function on the EditFast Web site and clicks
the Contact this editor link on your Web page. When the client
sends you a New Project Notification, you will reply with your estimate
from the Estimator. The client is forwarded to the Clients' Message Center, where
they will find your estimate. The client can accept your estimate,
decline it, or reply with some further instructions or a variation
of your proposal. Hopefully you will reach an agreement, but the negotiations
can continue as long as the editor and the client are willing. Once
both client and editor agree, they click on Accept on
the Estimator. The final numbers entered in the estimate form
fields will be the rate and project price used to calculate the resulting
payment to you. EditFast gets 40% of all final project prices.
- Via the client's favorites list
The Clients' Resource Area also has a specialized search function
that allows them to enter a wide variety of parameters depending on
their needs and the needs of their project. This allows them to review
the profiles of all Activated editors who match their criteria. On the
Search Results page, the client can click on your name, view your
Web page, and click on the Contact this editor
link. The client is then forwarded to the Clients' Message Center,
to find that a message is waiting already addressed to you. (For
security reasons your email address is hidden.) The client writes
the message outlining the details of the project and sends it to you.
You then receive a New Project Notification. Clicking on the link
in this notification will take you to the Project Description page
and the client's message in the Editors' Message Center, where
you can then reply with your estimate.
- Directly from the EditFast administration
I often receive projects via email or online submission when the
client has chosen to Let EditFast look after everything.
When this happens, I will set up a project via the EditFast Admin
Area and choose an editor. The following process is the same as in
# 1 & 2 above, substituting the EditFast administration for the
The EditFast Admin writes the message outlining the details of the project
and sends it to you. You receive a New Project Notification by email.
Clicking on the link in this notification email will take you to the
login page. Select Editor, enter your login information
(email address and password), and you will be taken to the Project Description
page. From your project management area you can view the project, and
from the Editors' Message Center you can reply to the message sent to you.
Q: How does the Message Center
A: Each Editor has a personalized Message Center that acts as
a connection to clients and the EditFast administration. This is the heart
of the system. Learn to use it well. New Project Notifications, important
messages from EditFast, communication with clients, and actual documents
to edit will all be received through the Editors' Message Center. Please report any bugs
or quirks in this system immediately.
The Message Center Process
- You receive a New Project Notification via your local email application directly from a client or from the EditFast Administration
- You click on the link in that email
- Enter your login and password information
- View/download the project details in your Project Management Area
- View the message in your EMC
- Determine if the project is suited to your skills and rate requirements
- Reply to the message with your estimate of cost
- Formalize the acceptance after you receive the client's confirmation
- Begin working on the project
- Submit the finished project to the client via the EMC
- Maintain contact with the client until they are satisfied
- Submit your invoice to EditFast for 60% of the project price
Q: How does the Project
The Project Area is where you receive the actual documents and download
them to your computer. You will also be directed here when you receive
a Project Notification to read the description of the project and the
requests of the client. The project area includes your Editor's Message Center, where you receive messages from clients and
reply to clients' requests.
Am I qualified to be chosen for editing projects?
A: The following basic qualifications are required in order to
receive projects from the EditFast administration or from potential clients:
Other qualifications may be required for individual projects depending
on the needs of the client and the needs of the document.
Q: What is a New Project Notification?
A: This is the email sent to you when you have been chosen as
a potential editor for a Project. The notifications will be labeled New
This notification could come directly from a client who has found your
web page or from the EditFast administration.
If the New Project Notification has been sent by a client, go to the Project Description page and view the project.
After reviewing the project you should immediately send an estimate to
the client using the Estimator.
If the New Project Notification has been sent by the EditFast Admin, view the project and decide if the rate and project matter
are suitable for you. If they are suitable, reply through
your message center in the affirmative. If you do not wish to take on
the project, answer in the negative as soon as possible.
May I contact clients directly?
A: Yes. Via the EditFast Message center you can contact clients
anytime you wish in relation to a project or upcoming project. You may
also advertise your web page URL in any legal and ethical way you wish.
However, direct email, telephone, or personal contact between editors
and clients is not allowed.
What is the Estimator? How do I send a project estimate to a client?
A: The estimator is located in your Project
Management Area and can be accessed by clicking the link on the Project
Description page. Using the forms already in place, you can create an estimate
for a project that has been sent to you by a client. There are three templates:
light, medium, and heavy, which define the extent of editing you think
is needed. There are also several choices for type
of editing required. The choice is originally decided by the client
when submitting their document, but you are free to change this if you
feel the document needs something different. After downloading the document,
and making your assessment, all the information you need to create your
estimate is located on the estimator.
There is also a choice of rate scales
and you are free to choose which rate scale you prefer, but I strongly
recommend you use the information supplied by the client to make your
decision about this. The rate scale you enter on the estimator is associated
with the size of the document, and the total price is automatically calculated
depending on which rate scale you choose and the document size associated
with that rate scale.
The first thing you do when a client sends you a document is give it
your professional assessment. Then go
to the estimator and create your estimate. The faster your response, the better your chances of acquiring the project and the client for
How do I change my password?
Changing your password:
- Click on Resume Builder on the left menu
- The first screen you see will be your Contact Information
form. Just below the email address field is Password and beside
it a Change button
- Click the Change button
- Enter your present password
- Enter your new password twice
- Click Submit and your password has been changed. The next
time you login you will need to use your new password to access the
Editors' Resource Area
Q: How do I change
Changing your email address:
- Click on Resume Builder
- The first screen you see will be your Contact Information
- Enter your new email address
- Click Submit at the bottom
- Your email address has been changed
- The next time you login, use this new email address
as your login. Your password will remain the same unless you choose
to change it via the same form
Q: How do I update
my on-line resume?
A: Updating your on-line resume:
- Click on Resume Builder on the left menu
- The first screen you see will be your Contact Information form. Make
any changes necessary and click Submit at the bottom. Your
information has been updated
- You can navigate through the entire Resume Builder form sequence by
clicking Submit at the bottom of each form which will automatically
take you to the next form in the sequence
- If you wish only to change information on one of the other Resume
Builder forms, click on the appropriate link at the top of the screen
and make your changes. Click Submit at the bottom
Q: How do I update
my Web page?
Updating your EditFast web page:
- Click on Page Builder
- Make any changes necessary and click Submit at the bottom
- The Web Page Builder form will refresh and your submission will be
- To check your new page, click on the link Your Web page at
the top of the Web Page Builder form. View your page and click the back
button on your browser to return to the Web Page Builder form to make
- When you are finished, click Submit at the
bottom to commit any changes you have made. Then click any link to go