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, character development, pacing, and structure.

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.

A Story or World Bible includes information about characters, the world in which the stories take place, the development of relationships over time, and much more. It allows the writer to quickly confirm information about a character such as height, food preferences, or choice of weapon. It also allows the writer to recall unique information about the world such as how the magic systems work, the names of spells, or the types of weapons used. Using a story or world bible allows the writer a simplified and organized way to assist with keeping details accurate and seeing the evolution of the series as it progresses.

Pre-made and custom covers and full wraps are also available. New designs are frequently added, so check back often!

Please use our contact form to request a quote.


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

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