Frequently Asked Questions

How does the process of ordering an edit work?

First, you fill out the order form. Second, I send you a confirmation email with an estimated total cost. Third, you pay 50% of the cost upfront, and I edit the manuscript! Fourth, I send you the critiqued text with a final bill and editorial letter. If you want a chapter-by-chapter readthrough after the initial critique, that will be performed on a pay-as-you-go basis.

What should I expect from my critique?

The professional critiques I offer are designed to guide authors through the story development process. This means that my suggestions will focus on general, large-scale issues like plot, character, setting, and pacing. I will also note any repeated issues in your spelling, grammar, style, and word flow. However, this service does not include corrections of every instance a minor error occurs.

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?

I charge $20 per 40,000 words during my initial readthrough. Subsequent chapter-by-chapter critiques are $15 an 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 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.