Contracts: If you do not already have a contract, a standard contract from the Editors’ Association of Canada’s website will be modified for our use. It outlines all of the particulars of the work, including the timelines for when you will supply the materials and when I will complete the work, exactly what work will be done, what formats will be used, et cetera.

With new clients and/or new projects, the first chapter or two may be returned for approval/feedback before proceeding. Client feedback is an important part of developing a style guide, if one has not been provided for the document. Once we’ve determined which guide is appropriate (or together developed our own norms for this work, depending on the project) and the first portion has been approved, I will finish the work according to the agreed schedule, if not sooner.