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Services for Writers

Clicking Keys offers multiple services for writers. 

Developmental editing is designed for those who want feedback on their manuscript’s content, organization, development, flow, and coherence as well as limited assistance with grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.

The primary focus of developmental editing is content particularly on the story and character arcs. Once the story is developmentally sound, the editor will do a single-pass light copy edit as a second read as a part of the developmental editing price.

Copy editing assumes there are no major changes with content needed and intensely addresses grammar, punctuation, mechanics, consistency, and situational logic. (Ex: does the character sit down twice but not stand up in between?)

With a copy edit, the editor will often create a style sheet to help ensure consistency throughout the piece (capitalization, hyphenation, spelling, etc.)

Proofreading addresses grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and looks for typographical and formatting errors.

Proofreading is the least intensive edit we offer and is designed as a “last polish” before the piece goes to print.

Formatting styles your edited book for print or electronic distribution. Our formatter uses Adobe InDesign to provide high-quality, print-ready formatted text.

Formatting for both print books and e-books is available.

Please use our contact form to request a quote.

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Congratulations to John G. Hartness!

Congratulations to John G. Hartness on winning the Manly Wade Wellman award this past weekend for Raising Hell, the first in the Quincy Harker series! To celebrate, John has put the e-book on sale for $0.99 until the end of July!

Raising Hell Cover
Winner of the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award!

The fifth book, Heaven Sent, is available for pre-order now! I proofed it the other day and can say that this series just keeps getting better!

Congratulations, John. It’s an award well deserved. I’m so proud of you.

ConGregate: July 15-17

I’ll be in High Point, NC, this weekend as an attending professional at ConGregate: Geek Summer Camp!

If you’re in the area (or even if you’re not), come on out and enjoy the con. Say hello to me, grab a business card, attend some panels, and visit the amazing authors in attendance!

My schedule is available on

ConCarolinas is Coming!

ConCarolinas is one of my favorite cons. It’s one that is very close to my heart because it was the first con I ever went to when I first started going to cons, and it was the first con that ever accepted me as a guest. And it happens this weekend!

Check out my schedule on and come say hello!


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Confession Time

Even once the schoolhouse doors close behind you, education doesn’t stop. Learning is a never-ending process, and especially in publishing, there is always something else you can learn. So, I wanted to share with you a little about my most recent learning experience. Here’s a post from my other self (the writer self) about what I have learned by self-publishing my own stories.

Melissa Writes

I have a confession to make. 

I started writing the Maggie stories simply as an experiment. I have been working with self-published writers for about a year now through Clicking Keys. I have worked with them on editing, proofreading, formatting, and some cover art.

The thing I didn’t understand fully, however, was how the process worked once my work was finished. What happened next? What sort of challenges might the author face once they had a formatted and edited document in hand? Those are the things I wanted to know and to experience firsthand.

Thus, I decided that I would self-publish some of my own works, not only to help me be better at my job, but also because I enjoy telling stories. I have learned a lot from the process. I’ve learned what challenges a writer faces when it comes to figuring out KDP’s royalties, what types of…

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Hello There!

Welcome to Clicking Keys, the site for writers.  

We’re here to help with many different kinds of writing needs. We can help with editing, idea development, proofreading, blogs, and more!

Please look around our site and enjoy your stay.  We welcome questions and suggestions!

Coming Soon:

  • e-book and print book formatting
  • writing classes