Frequently Answered Questions

Do you edit books?

I edit books that I think would be a good fit for my skills and expertise. If you have a book project, get in touch to see if we can work together.

I can also recommend a good editor if you have a book that falls into another category. Just let me know.

What methods of payment do you accept?

I accept payments through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make a credit card payment, though.

How quickly will I get my post back from you?

My guarantee is that any post I receive by 2 PM U.S. Eastern time will be returned to you by 12 PM U.S. Eastern the next business day.

What about weekends?

I don't work on the weekends, so any post that is submitted before 2 PM Eastern on Friday will be returned to you by 12 PM Eastern on Monday. Anything submitted after 2 PM Eastern on Friday will be returned by 12 PM Eastern on Tuesday.

Will you share my posts with anyone?

Never. Your trust is the most important thing to me. My job is to make you look better and I won’t do anything to violate that.

Do you only edit blog posts?

No. If you have other pieces you’d like me to work on, such as email newsletters or other articles, I can help you with those, as well. Any piece under 1,000 words you plan to publish qualifies.

What if my piece is longer than 1,000 words?

You'll need to use two or more edits if your piece is longer than 1,000 words. A 10 pack provides the best per-piece value for this situation.

Will you teach me how to write better English?

While the notes I provide are instructive, Sweating Commas is not a tutoring service.

If the drafts you provide contain a large number of errors or require more than a basic level of editing, I may send them back for additional work before I can get started, or I may decline to work on them. I do my best to accommodate a variety of pieces, but anything that requires too much work will have to be renegotiated.

What type of files can you work with?

Plain text files are best. Anything that ends with .txt, .md, or .markdown is preferred but I can work with word processor files, too.

If you have a blog post you'd like edited that has already been published, you'll need to provide a text or word processor file I can work with. Try as I might, I'm just not able to make corrections on live web pages ;)

Can I use a collaborative writing web app?

If you prefer to write in an app like Draftin.com, Editorially, Google Drive, or another online service, just export a plain text file or a word processor file, and we'll get along just fine. I need to be able to work offline sometimes, so web-only files become problematic.

Do you support Markdown?

Of course. I prefer Markdown files because they’re so easy to work with. If you already write in Markdown I’ll keep an eye on your syntax to make sure you didn’t forget to include a link or miss something else. I’ve got your back.

If you don’t write in Markdown, give it a shot. You’ll likely save a lot of time making your words ready for the web. I can even help you get a good Markdown-centric workflow set up no matter what publishing platform you use.

What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a file storage service that provides a simple way to share files. If you use Dropbox, I'll set up a shared folder with you, and you can submit your pieces to me just by dropping them in a folder right on your computer.

Do you have any other questions about how this works? If you do, please feel free to email me and I’ll get right back to you.