|Edit Chick Editing Services
| As a writer, I have learned that no matter how skilled I am or how many times I read the
manuscript, I can't do final edits of my own work. Other writers have expressed the same
inability to distance themselves from their work in order to find all the errors. That's why it is so
important to have an editor look over the final manuscript.
I understand how difficult it can be to afford a good editor, so I have decided to make my
prices affordable without compromising quality.
1. Basic Proofreading: Grammar, punctuation, typos, spelling. One round. Please note:
Proofreading is the final step before publication after the manuscript has gone through an
2. Copy editing: This combines proofreading with some content edits like overused words,
awkward sentences, and inconsistencies. One round.
3. Content edits & Proofreading: This is more extensive editing for passive voice, point of
view, head-hopping, show vs. tell, tenses, overused words, awkward sentences, plot holes,
inconsistencies, pacing, plus grammar, punctuation, typos, and spelling. I do one read through
for editing and one for proofreading.
4. Customized edit. If you want something different than the options listed above, let me know
what you want. I can work with you to give you your desired edit at an affordable price.
My pricing is based on the length of the manuscript and on how much time it will
take me to proofread or edit. If you would like to see what I can do to help you polish
your story, send me 10 pages for a free edit and quote to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we agree to work together, the first payment is due. (See Payment Options
There may be an additional fee for rush jobs.
Questions are welcome during post edits.
I accept payment by Paypal and Chase QuickPay (email@example.com), and personal
checks. Personal checks have to clear before I can start the edits. I require half the payment
up front, final payment due upon completion of edits. Send inquiries and manuscripts to
DOCX, DOC or RTF files only: double-spaced, indented, 12 pt. Font.
I will not rewrite your manuscript or trample on your "‘voice." I work with you to polish your
story. Using track changes in MS Word, I will offer suggestions for you to accept or reject. I
use the current Chicago Manual of Style as my reference.
I am a multi-published author and have been an editor for a small press publisher since 2010.
I am also a proofreader for another small publisher.
Plus, I am detail-oriented and have a talent for finding obscure errors. One of my authors
nicknamed me Eagle Eyes.
I will edit just about any genre of fiction, including erotica or gay romance. My main experience
is in paranormal/fantasy romance and settings in ancient Greece, Roman Britain and Dark
Age Scotland. I will also consider editing non-fiction.
"There's nothing like having a trustworthy proofreader like Kelley. When I asked her for her
help with my novella, she worked with the PDF copy I sent her and she made some good
suggestions and corrections. She is not only proficient in proofing for spelling and
punctuation, she is also pretty fast in getting your file back to you. If you are on a limited
budget and need a fresh set of eyes to go over your writing, I recommend the very affordable
Kelley Heckart for proofreading services." E.V. Medina, The Priestess and the Ravenknight
"I highly recommend Kelley Heckart -- she is an excellent, perceptive, and insightful editor who
will help you polish your manuscript until it shines." Nina Lane-USA Today bestselling author
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“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Kelley as my copy editor. She is professional,
knowledgeable, and efficient. Her prices were also very affordable. Her keen eyes helped
polish up my manuscript and her enthusiasm really shone through. I highly recommend her
and can’t wait to work with her again!"
~ Rachael Slate
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