How do you handle the contract and payment?
After I’ve done the sample edit and an author has decided to hire me, we discuss the fee and come to a consensus on the deadline, and I’ll ask if there are any particular things that the author would like for me to focus on with my editing. Once we have ironed out these details, I write up a contract and email it to the author, along with the first of two invoices.
I split the total fee for the project into two equal payments; I send the first invoice at the beginning of the project, and I send the second invoice after returning the edited manuscript and the critique. I accept checks and money orders, and I also do PayPal.