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Can you tell me more about the collaborative editing process?

You can submit a Writer’s Brief form, which is your chance to let us know exactly what you’d like to achieve or where you’re having trouble. We suggest that you give us some examples, like these:

  • “This is 13 pages, and my limit is 10, but I don’t know how to shorten it without sacrificing content.”
  • “The opening doesn’t seem strong enough.”
  • “Publishing this would be a huge win for my career.”

Of course, you can also submit a document without a Writer’s Brief; this is simply an option we offer to make our editing and proofreading services as customized as possible.

My document contains personal or confidential information. How do I know it’s safe?

Elite Editing keeps every submission completely confidential and will never share your personal information. Documents and payments submitted through the website are secured by an SSL certificate with full authentication and 256-bit encryption.

I’m new to your services; how can I know what to expect?

One way to get to know us is to submit a smaller piece initially. For example, if you’re working on a thirty-page paper, you could submit just the executive summary as a start. We’ve found that we quickly earn our clients’ trust.

Can I submit an entire manuscript, dissertation, or other large item for editing?

It’s best to submit long documents in segments of fifty pages or fewer. For submissions longer than fifty pages, we will discuss the appropriate time needed to carefully edit your document.

What editing styles do you follow?

We edit in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. If you have a style preference, please indicate this on the Submit Your Document form.

What will my edited document look like when you return it?

Microsoft Word

If you submit a Microsoft Word document you will have two Word documents returned: one version with changes clearly marked and one completed version with all changes incorporated. Click here to see a sample of basic editing and advanced editing.


PDFs are returned with edits clearly marked using the Comments tool. We cannot make edits directly to your PDF. Therefore, you will need to incorporate the suggested changes. PDFs are best for designed files and not recommended for text-only documents. Please also note that we do not recommend PDFs for initial drafts.

Txt File

Txt files can be returned either as a .txt file with all changes incorporated or a Word document with tracked changes. Please indicate on the Submit Your Document form how you would like your document returned.

Google Doc

If you submit a Google doc, your edits can be made directly to your online document, or we can download a copy and return it to you as a Word document with tracked changes. Please indicate on the Submit Your Document form how you would like your document returned.

If You Have Another File Format

Please contact us at submissions@eliteediting.com prior to purchase if you have another file format you would like to submit. We do our best to accommodate your document needs.

Hard Copy

We accept hard copies from our corporate clients. Please contact us to learn more about this process.

What if I e-mail a copy but would prefer to have the changes sent back to me in a hard copy?

No problem. Just indicate this in the Document Details section on the Submit Your Document form, and we’ll follow your instructions.

How long will it take for Elite Editing to review my document?

Elite Editing is committed to delivering your document on time based on your request. If you have a large submission or have a rush request that does not fit with the timetable listed under Pricing, we can discuss timing with you.

How will I know the final price?

Our costs are clearly outlined in the Pricing section, and there are no hidden fees. If the price you estimate on your form is different than the actual cost, we will let you know and give you the adjusted price.

Are other services available through Elite Editing?

Through our years of editing experience, we’ve developed a network of freelance consultants, editors, writers, and designers in different fields of expertise. If your needs go beyond proofreading and editing, let us know. We’ll be happy to speak with you to see how we can help, whether it’s sending you a qualified referral or taking on a special project.



The editor’s comments were so helpful. Not only did they catch so many errors but they showed me places where I could improve my paper and my writing. Thanks!


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