Updated July 25, 2016
I’m constantly reviewing the freelance editing market, comparing fees and services in order to stay within “professional rates” while also staying competitive. On one hand, I want to be paid appropriately for my decades of experience, and range (not many folks have worked in news, academic editing, and commercial fiction – including self-publishing). On the other hand, I know that hiring an editor is an expense more writers need than can afford. Plus, what I get asked to do evolves over time, and some clients may not realize I can offer them a huge variety of help with their projects.
My current rates are:
|Type of Work||Rate||Fee Per 10k Words||Fee Per 50k Words|
|MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION||$30 per 10k words, flat fee||—||$150|
|Editing, developmental||1 cent per word||$100||$500|
|Editing, heavy copyediting||0.75 cents per word||$75||$375|
|Editing, simple copyediting||0.6 cents per word||$60||$300|
|PROOFREADING||0.3 cents per word||$30||$150|
|BETA READ under 5,000 words||$15 flat fee||—||—|
|BETA READ under 10,000 words||$30 flat fee||—||—|
|Layout, print ready PDF||0.2 cents per word||$20||$100|
|Ebook creation||0.2 cents per word||$20||$100|
|INDEXING||$35 per 10k words||—||$175|
(when not already included)
|$40 per hour||—||—|
|Two-part developmental package||1.5 cents per word||$150||$750|
|Two-part copyediting package||0.8 cents per word||$80||$400|
|Children’s book editing package||$100 flat fee||—||—|
|Self-publishing package #1||0.4 cents per word||$40||$200|
|Self-publishing package #2||1 cent per word||$100||$500|
You can read more about my services here (including detailed descriptions of each service and package).
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.