Frequently Asked Questions

How does the process of ordering an edit work?

First, you fill out an order form. Second, I send you a confirmation email with an estimated total cost. You pay 50% of the cost upfront and give me access to your project. Next, I edit the document! Then I send you the revised text with a final bill and editorial letter. Lastly, you consider the suggested edits. You can email me with questions for up to three months after I finish the project. The remainder of the bill will be due at that point.

What kinds of editing do you offer?

I primarily offer line editing ($20/hour), where I revise sentences and paragraphs to improve organization, clarity, and flow while also correcting details like spelling and grammar. I use Track Changes and Comments in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

What are your qualifications as an editor?

Please click here for an description of my past education and experience! A portfolio of my editing work and testimonials from previous clients are also provided.

Can I send you a project that isn’t an academic paper?

Yes! Though academic editing is my specialty, I’m willing to edit any written English 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 $20 an hour for most editing projects. This means that the fewer edits I make, the less you have to pay! I average about 1,500 words per hour, and 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 Wise. 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 kirathurgood@gmail.com. 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.