Mutual Aid: Editing

Academia broadly fails and pushes out sick and disabled students, so in an attempt to reclaim some of these resources for dynamically-disabled, chronically ill, and medicalized bodyminds, I am offering free editing services for sick and disabled students struggling with the systemic ableism in higher education.

Unfortunately, the demand for these services is high, and I cannot afford to take on every client who needs support. While I have been offering these services informally in the past, I want to formalize this structure to make it clear how you can support my free services for sick and disabled students.

I offer both paid and free editing services.

Paid services operate on a sliding scale.

Clients may choose to pay-it-forward by paying on the higher end of the sliding scale (more info here) OR by making a one-time donation via Venmo (at) jessericeevans

Jennifer Patterson, founder of Corpus Ritual, describes her pay-it-forward program as follows:

“What’s Pay It Forward? For those of you with ample resources, or those of you with a desire to support sliding scale and donation-based community care to reach people who currently can’t financially access it, this is a chance to donate in support of this continued work.”

Corpus Ritual – Pay it Forward

Free editing is available for sick and disabled students working on writing assignments in any discipline struggling with ableist faculty, fluctuating capacity, and strict deadlines. I do not, and never will, require clients to disclose medical information, specific diagnoses, or “accommodations” materials.

With continued community support, I would love to expand this effort to include more editors in order to serve other clients marginalized by higher education, especially Black and brown, Indigenous, trans feminine, and first-generation students.

RESOURCES:

My beloved partner, the writer and educator Zefyr Lisowski, offers free consulting for trans feminine creative writers and students. Visit their website for more information about Zefyr and her background. Email her at zef (dot) lisowski (at) gmail (dot) com

How to Book

MUTUAL AID EDITING:

Email me directly at jessericeevans (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line Free Editing

Please attach or copy+paste any assignment guidelines or materials you used to write your assignment, along with a .DOCX file or a Google Drive link to your writing. I edit using Google Drive and will share a link to your assignment with you.

MINIMUM TURNAROUND FOR FREE PROJECTS IS 72 HOURS, but more time is always better if possible.

SLIDING-SCALE EDITING:

Email me directly at jessericeevans (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line Sliding-Scale Editing

Please attach or copy+paste any assignment guidelines or materials you used to write your assignment, along with a .DOCX file or a Google Drive link to your writing. I edit using Google Drive and will share a link to your assignment with you.

TURNAROUNDS OF FEWER THAN 14 DAYS ARE SUBJECT TO A RUSH FEE

I accept PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, and Zelle. I will calculate the hours I spend on your project to the nearest quarter hour, e.g. 2.75 hours and calculate your invoice total according to my sliding scale, e.g. $179 – $344. Payment is due within 14 days, and late fees start at $50 per week. If you need to work out a payment plan, contact me privately.

Sliding Scale Information

For editing services, my sliding scale rate is $65/hour – $125/hour. This reflects the industry standard for editors with my level of education and experience. You can learn more about my teaching and consulting background here on my site.

In order to accurately gauge where you fall on the sliding scale, please review the resources below.

Alexis J. Cunningfolk of Worts & Cunning Apothecary developed “The Green Bottle” tool to assess financial privilege and determine your sliding-scale rate, which Cunningfolk explains further in The Sliding Scale: A Tool for Economic Justice (worth a read!).

The Green Bottle: three bottles filled with statements to help clients assess where they fall on the sliding scale. The far left bottle includes statements like "I own or lease a car" and "I can always buy new items." The middle, half-full bottle includes statements like "I have some expendable income" and "I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs." The far-right bottle is mostly empty and includes statements like, "I am unemployed or underemployed" and "I have no access to savings."
The Green Bottle: three bottles filled with statements to help clients assess where they fall on the sliding scale. The far left bottle includes statements like “I own or lease a car” and “I can always buy new items.” The middle, half-full bottle includes statements like “I have some expendable income” and “I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs.” The far-right bottle is mostly empty and includes statements like, “I am unemployed or underemployed” and “I have no access to savings.”