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FAQs

Do you accept all book-length manuscripts?
 

We do not accept all manuscripts. Some manuscripts may need a rewrite rather than editing, and if we feel your manuscript is not ready for editing, we'll provide you with honest and reliable feedback. After your rewrite, you may contact us again to see if your book is ready then.
 

We also don't edit poetry or fan fiction.
 

How long does the editing process take?
 

It depends on the length of the manuscript. A full-length manuscript (20,000 to 300,000 words) takes 1 to 4 weeks. Shorter-length manuscripts and projects can be turned around much quicker.
 

What if I have a project that needs a quick turnaround?
 

Let us know right away when you need your project completed. There may be an extra fee to cover the urgency.
 

Our focus is on meticulous editing so your manuscript/project meets today's publishing standards. We prefer to have as much time as possible to work on your manuscript/project to ensure it's the best it can be.
 

We are dedicated to your success and this is why we don't like to rush the editing process. We take great pride in the quality of our work and want to work with writers on achieving their goals.
 

Do you offer multiple edits?
 

This service is for a one-time edit. Your manuscript is read twice. The first pass is a straight read-through to note any strengths and weaknesses. On the second pass, all edits are made.


We provide you with all the feedback you'll need to get your manuscript ready for publication. If you don't agree with our edits, you may reject them, but that may compromise the quality of your work. Our goal is to help you get your manuscript polished and completed so you can then focus on publishing and marketing or any other goals you have for your work.
 

Will I get to work directly one on one with my editor?
 

Yes, you will work one on one through email. If your work requires more than one week's time of editing, you will get a progress report at the end of each week. 
 

I'm still working on my book. Can I send you chapters as I complete them?
 

We only accept full and completed manuscripts. We do this to ensure consistency and accuracy of the edits. If you would like to send in the manuscript by chapters, contact us and we'll be happy to work something out that fits both our schedules. 
 

Do you use a specific style guide and dictionary?
 

It depends on the project. Our main style guide is the Chicago Manual of Style. If you have a preference, please state that at the beginning of the project.
 

We use the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
 

I'm concerned about copyright and privacy.
 

We have a strict confidentiality policy. Your personal information is kept private and secure. We don't make any claims on your copyright. 
 

I write out my books by hand. Do you accept hard copies?
 

We only accept electronic submissions. We work off digital files in Microsoft Word.
 

What form of payment do you accept?
 

We accept payment through PayPal. You will receive an invoice by email after your order is placed. Once the deposit has cleared through PayPal, we will begin your project. Turnaround time begins at this point.
 

The deposit is half of the total invoice fee, due up front. The balance is due on completion of the edited manuscript.
 

Projects with a total invoice fee of less than $500 require payment in full before work begins.
 

Will you help me publish my book?
 

Check out our coaching service for writers. In the phone sessions, you can ask us any questions you have on the publishing process from working with agents and traditional publishers to seeking a career as an indie author. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced writer, we can work with you to meet your publishing goals.  
 

We also offer publishing advice on our blog and sometimes include links to resources that will help you with writing and publishing. If there is a topic you don't see there, but would like to know more about, please send it to us and we'll consider it for a new blog post.
 

I've been trying to get an agent/traditional publisher to take on my book, but there are no takers. Any ideas?
 

We know the feeling when you’ve completed a manuscript, taken a deep breath, and are ready to get it published but can't get your foot in the door. You have probably already sent out dozens of queries to agents and publishers, waiting with anticipation for one of them to bite, only to receive no response or a nice rejection letter. That’s never any fun. 
 

There are a couple things you can do. You can have us edit your manuscript if you think that may be stalling any interest. 
 

Keep in mind, with today’s technology you don’t have to wait any longer to get your book published. If you did get a contract with a traditional publisher, you’d still have to wait up to 18 months to see your book in print. Those months can drag on and on and when your book has finally arrived, you’re almost finished with your next manuscript. Wouldn’t it be nice to get your book published much quicker?
 

Now you don’t have to watch the months roll by, waiting to see your book in print. If you’re an author seeking to get your book published, you have the option of self-publishing. If this is something you're interested in pursuing, look at our coaching service. We can show you what options you have to get your book in the marketplace quickly without waiting for a traditional publisher to take notice. 
 

I'm ready to get started. What do I do now?
 

There's a simple 11-step process:
 

1. Contact us with a description of your manuscript/project and word count. 
 

2. Your message will be reviewed and we'll confirm receipt of your request.
 

3. You will then email us your manuscript/project (Word doc) as an email attachment. 
 

4. Here we review the file and then send you a quote (flat fee) for editorial services.
 

5. You will need to review the quote and approve.
 

6. Once we receive your approval, we'll email you an invoice.
 

7. When the deposit is received, your project will begin and we'll send you the date to expect it completed.
 

8. If your project takes more than one week, we'll send you a weekly progress report.


9. Once work on the project is completed, we'll send you an invoice for the balance of the editing fee.
 

10. After we receive the final payment, we'll email you the fully edited document with editor's comments.
 

11. You review, accept or decline edits, make changes per our feedback, and then celebrate. Your manuscript/project is now completed. Congratulations!
 

12. Yes, there is just one more step for authors. Please let us know where and when your book will be available. We'd love to check it out.