Fiction and Nonfiction Editing Services
Word count, subject matter and complexity, fiction versus nonfiction, and how clean or rough the writing starts out will all influence the cost—which is why I always complete a free sample edit before providing a quote for our first project together.
My rates are currently as follows:
- Proofreading: $.0085* to $.0125 per word
- Copyediting and Line Editing (the most variable in terms of time and complexity) Starting at $.0125 per word for light copyediting, $.015 for medium, and $.0175 for heavy copyediting and/or line editing. Up to two hours of post-edit revision review or other follow-up is included; additional will be billed at an hourly rate.
- Manuscript Assessment: $.0075 per word
- Nonfiction/Business Content Editing: $.02 to $.04 per word based on initial review/sample edit of material. Includes light line editing.
*Reserved for manuscripts which have been professionally copyedited
Have you finished your first draft and aren’t sure what to do next? Want to know if you’re on the right track in terms of plot, characters, tone, and other big-picture aspects? When doing a manuscript assessment I’ll read your book wearing two hats—both a reader’s and an editor’s—and provide both broad and specific feedback describing what’s working, what’s not, and examples of each to help guide you in your next draft.
This type of review is also available for non-fiction books, but only for those subjects in which I have sufficient experience and familiarity; these include personal finance, small business entrepreneurship, spirituality, lifestyle, and self-help/personal development.
My approach to each project is customized according to your needs. We’ll discuss what stage the manuscript is in, whether it’s been beta-read or edited previously, what your objectives and expectations are, and any questions you have for me. The next step is a brief sample edit, to see if we’ll make a good team and enjoy working together.
The process works something like this: After we’ve sorted out the details, I’ll provide the agreed-upon service and return the manuscript to you with corrections, comments and suggestions added using Track Changes. I’ll be available to discuss the notes or answer any questions via email or Skype, and after you’ve incorporated my feedback I can complete a second round of editing or proofreading, if needed, or just a final clean-up of the file to remove notes and editing marks. I’ll send you a fresh unmarked copy of the updated manuscript, which will then be ready for the next step in your process.