What happens during an edit?
The editor always reads through the piece twice to ensure quality work. If something definitely needs to be changed (typo, grammar, punctuation, etc.), the editor will change it in the text using track changes. If something may need to be changed but is at the author’s discretion, the editor will leave a comment instead of making the change. More details about how the process works are included on the pricing pages.
What types of books do you edit?
Our favorite genres are urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and mysteries. However, we edit any genre, including non-fiction. The only things we will not edit are works that glorify rape, violence against children, or violence against animals.
How do I pay for your services?
Currently, we use PayPal and will send an invoice for the work to the email address you provide.
When is payment expected?
At least 50% of the total payment must be received before work is started. The remaining balance must be paid before the final files are returned.
Can I mail a check?
Why is editing so expensive?
The simple answer is that it is time consuming.
The more complex answer is that it is time consuming. Sure, it’s fun to get paid to read books, but if we want to provide quality editing, it takes far more time and effort than just reading the book. For example, the editor reads everything twice and often reads some passages and sections multiple times. the editor often keeps a list of important information for each character (What color was the protagonist’s eyes on page 4? Are they they same color on page 201?), spelling preferences for the author (t-shirt or tee shirt?), and other things that are important to the story. We want to make sure every detail is right.
What if I don’t like your work?
Clicking Keys will consider all requests for refunds, but refunds are not guaranteed. Please contact the business manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we did not meet your expectations, and we will work to remedy that first.
Can you get the work done super fast?
Possibly. Additional charges will apply.
Will you tell me my work is great and perfect?
Only if it really is. Our editors do look for the good things in the stories and will point them out, but the editor’s job is not to tell you that something that needs work is great. We want to help you make your work as good as it can be.
Will you edit on hard copy instead of electronically?
If you pay for printing and shipping, we’d be glad to mark up a hard copy. Clicking Keys is not responsible for lost or damaged items that come through the postal mail.
Can you guarantee I’ll get published?
Unfortunately, no. However, we can promise that we will provide you with the best service, recommendations, editing, formatting, and covers that we possibly can.
Hey, you edit for Falstaff Books! Can you get me a job or publishing contract with them?
(Melissa here…) Nope. Sorry. I keep those things separate.
Are you published?
Please check out out bio page here for information all our staff members.
What are your credentials to edit for people and own this place?
(Melissa here, again)
- Bachelor of Arts in English, concentration on literature and language
- Master of Arts in Education, concentration on mentoring and training
- Master of Arts in English, concentration on composition and rhetoric
- More than ten years teaching Writing and English at the college level
- More than ten years tutoring/mentoring at the college level
- Three years editing experience, including work with multiple publishers
- Senior editor at Falstaff Books
Do you have any references?
Yes! Please visit the testimonials page! Other references are available upon request.
Do you use Affiliate Links?
Yes. Clicking Keys is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. This helps cover the yearly cost of managing this site and should have no effect on you, the viewer.
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