Frequently Asked Questions

Can I see a sample of your work?

I provide a portfolio of my editing here, and you can also read through testimonials from previous clients here.

What kinds of editing do you offer?

I offer all three main types of editing. In copy editing ($17/hour), I correct details like spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting. In line editing ($20/hour), I revise sentences and paragraphs to improve organization, clarity, and flow. In developmental editing ($17/hour), I offer advice on how an overall story can be strengthened, looking at characterization, plotting, world-building, and the like.

If you are looking for multiple types of edits, it’s recommended that you start with the macrolevel (developmental editing) and work down towards the microlevel (line editing followed by copy editing) for the most thorough, high-quality result. In all my edits, I use Track Changes and Comments in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

Can I send you a project that isn’t an academic paper, blog post, or book manuscript?

Yes! Though those are the most common projects I’m sent, I’m willing to edit any written text. Click here to fill out an order form.

What if I have a limited budget?

On the order form, specify the maximum amount you can pay for the edit, and I will stop editing once the total price hits that limit. Please note that this may decrease the quality of the final product. However, I will do my best to hit the most important points before time runs out.

What if I have a deadline for my project?

On the order form, specify a due date (Monday – Saturday, no Sundays), and I will return your document by 10 p.m. Mountain Time that day. Please note that this may decrease the quality of the final product. However, I will do my best to hit the most important points before time runs out.

How do you calculate the final bill?

As seen above, I charge an hourly rate ranging from $17 – $20. This means that the fewer edits I make, the less you have to pay! With line editing included, I average about 1,500 words per hour. Without line editing, I average about 4,000 words per hour. I track time using ManicTime, which records the exact periods when I’m editing each document. Your final bill will reflect this measurement down to the minute.

How do I pay you?

I accept payment via PayPal or TransferWise. On the order form, you will choose one of these payment methods. In my confirmation email, I will send you any information you need in order to pay. If you’d like to change your payment method at any point, please let me know!

What if I’m not satisfied with your edits?

The edits I make should be seen as suggestions given by a professional. Whether or not you choose to take them is up to you! However, I will answer any questions you have via email at kirabrightonstories@gmail.com. I also accept feedback via this form. If you are still unhappy with my work after I answer all of your questions, let me know. I don’t offer refunds, but we may be able to work something else out.

What are your policies on privacy and intellectual property?

When I’ve returned your project, I may ask for permission to include some or all of the document in my portfolio, which will be shown to future clients or employers. The portfolio document will not include your personal information. Additionally, your response to the final question on my feedback form may be used as a testimonial, which will include your first name only. Filling out this question indicates permission for me to use your response.

Without your permission, I will not use your work or your personal details for any purpose other than completing your order. You retain all rights to your text. In order to ensure your rights, your project document (with the exception of permitted portfolio samples) will be deleted from my files three months after I return it to you.