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Thanks for sharing this, Mary! YA dragon fantasy sounds like a blast to work on, and this sounds like it could be a great opportunity for you 🙂
The problem of having sample work is one I keep seeing come up in the Editors’ Association of Earth forum, and it seems that very few editors are able to get permission from their authors to use their projects and must scrounge up some samples elsewhere to provide should the client request them. The general consensus I see from professional editors there is that you may just have to list that you’ve done X for Y in the past or ask the client to provide a sample for you to edit.
Is there a way you usually handle this type of request, Jennifer? Do we just keep asking our authors if they wouldn’t mind if we used a snippet for our portfolios? Or is appropriate to use pieces we submitted for a course?