Frequently Asked Questions


What does Quick Brown Fox mean?
“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is a pangram, meaning it contains each letter of the alphabet. In 1885, The Michigan School Moderator suggested its use as penmanship practice. It later developed as a typing exercise, and now it is widely used to test fonts. You can read more about it here.


How can I contact you?
Please e-mail services@quickbrownfoxeditorial.com. Once you are a contracted client, depending upon your project needs, your editor can be made available by e-mail, phone, or Skype.

How should I pick an editor?
Freelancers can range from undergraduate English majors to retired Random House editors. You need to find the editor not only whom you can afford, but who will work the best with your vision. Every editorial relationship is a collaborative one. Many editors will offer a free or inexpensive trial of their services. This sample will give you a good idea of how their efforts will be applied to your total manuscript. To arrange for a sample edit, e-mail services@quickbrownfoxeditorial.com.

What types of editing do you offer?
Quick Brown Fox Editorial offers developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. For definitions of these terms, see Services. If there are other services in which you are interested (manuscript review, synopsis critique, etc.), please send an e-mail to services@quickbrownfoxeditorial.com.

How much should editing cost?
There is a wide range of prices when it comes to freelance editors. The Editorial Freelancers Association lists average costs for copy editing to be $30-50/hour, developmental between $40-60, and proofreading at $30-55.

Are your prices firm?
​The rates at Quick Brown Fox Editorial are competitive but can fluctuate based on the needs of a manuscript. You will be given a
quote once your work has been received. Some manuscripts will need less work than expected.

Academic and career edits are based not only on the incoming quality and complexity but on the author’s station. For example, an undergraduate essay writer can expect a lower rate than a doctoral candidate. As a show of gratitude, these services are offered free of charge to U.S. military members transitioning to the civilian workforce or an academic life.

If you have a concern about payment, we encourage you to e-mail liv@quickbrownfoxeditorial.com. Solutions may include breaking your manuscript into smaller editorial chunks or beginning with a First Chapter Review. If you have a suggested barter, you may also contact us.

Do you combine services?
Yes. When you submit your work, we will consult with you about which services you desire and which may be to your benefit. If you wish to have more than one service, we will determine a custom rate.

How do I contract you for services?
You can fill out the Contact Us form and wait generally 1-2 business days for a reply, or you may directly e-mail services@quickbrownfoxeditorial.com.

Are there works you do not accept?
We do not accept foreign language works or manuscripts with eroticized rape. Quick Brown Fox Editorial reserves the right to refuse any manuscript.


How can I submit my work?
We accept manuscripts in Microsoft Word or Open Office file formats. You may also mail your manuscripts with return paid postage, should you prefer hard copy edits. Your document should be double spaced, with 1” margins on all sides, in 12-point standard font (Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial). It must also have page numbers and a header with the author’s name and title. Electronic works are edited with Track Changes and marginal comments. Hard copy manuscripts are edited by hand.


What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Paypal, money orders, and checks. With check payments, the total must clear before editing will begin.

When do I make my payment?
First Chapter Review payments are due in full at the time of booking. For all other services, you will receive a free quote, and we will determine what services your manuscript needs. We request half of your payment upon submission and the balance upon completion. For other arrangements, please contact us. Jobs under $50 are due in full.

How long will editing take?
Each client and project will have different needs and varied time frames. Your editor will want to make sure there is enough time for a thorough edit of your work. Quick Brown Fox Editorial will give you a rate and time quote after seeing a sample of your manuscript and considering your total word count. On the outside, works under 100,000 words will be returned by 15 business days from your project start date.

Rush services can be provided for an upcharge, as long as the time constraint allows a quality edit.

What reference manuals do you use?
Quick Brown Fox Editorial uses The Chicago Manual of Style for all grammar and usage guidelines as well as Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. If you are seeking academic services, please specify if you need CMS, AP, or MLA style.

Do you have a guarantee?
When a manuscript is edited in a publishing house, it passes through the hands of several editors and still may present with the accidental typo or error when it lands on the shelves. Just as the writing process is never truly finished, neither is editing. There will always be one more phrase to tweak. No one can guarantee a flawless manuscript, though we promise a professional edit.

​If you are unsatisfied with your manuscript upon its return, please contact us to reach a resolution. Quick Brown Fox Editorial wants all clients to be pleased with their choice.

How do you determine word and page counts?
Word counts are the pre-edited word count. Page counts are determined by the industry standard of 250 words to a page.

Are you hiring?
At the moment, Quick Brown Fox Editorial is not hiring.