Rates and Processes


My rates conform with industry standard rates (as listed here) for different types of fiction editing, including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading (see my Editing Types page for clarification of these terms). The following are my current range of standard rates and may be subject to change without notice. However, once you have locked in a rate through an estimate or a contract with me, it is good for six months.

  • Manuscript Evaluation: $0.015/word.
  • Developmental/Structural Editing: $0.020–$0.040/word.
  • Copyediting: $0.015–$0.030/word.
  • Proofreading: $0.010–$0.015/word.
  • Formatting: $250.00 for one format for the first 75,000 words, $50 per additonal format (ebook or print). Add $1 to the total cost per additional 1000 words.
  • General Consulting and Miscellaneous Services: $40/hour.
  • Cover Design and Graphic Design: I am still building my portfolio in these areas. Please contact me via the email button to the right, and we can discuss your needs.

Please visit my other pages on this site for a full description of each type of editing, my typical processes, and the process of copyediting.

Assessment and Sample Edit

Please contact me to get a quote for your particular needs. Together, we can determine whether my skill and editing style fit with your needs. For a copyedit, I will request a sample (e.g., 50 pages or the whole book) and a synopsis of your manuscript to evaluate what needs to be done. If I feel the job is not a good fit for me, I will do my best (free of charge) to point you in the direction of another editor or editors who might be able to help you.

For novels or novellas, from your sample, I will take 5 pages (1250 words), a section that seems to need the most work or is most representative of the work in general. I will then complete a free sample edit of these pages and return them to you along with an estimate for the entire job and an estimated schedule if possible.

I do not provide free samples for developmental editing. However, I do provide comments and queries on sample copyedits, where applicable, that indicate the kids of things that would be addressed during a developmental edit.

Related Blog Post: The Process of Copyediting Fiction

Working Together and Payment Details

If you hire me, I will send you a letter of agreement/editorial contract to specify the terms of the job. This contract provides legal protections for both of us. I agree to edit your manuscript at the agreed-upon level, and you agree to pay me for those services.

All bookings require a 25% nonrefundable deposit to hold your place on my editorial schedule. An additional 25% will be due before the work is started. The remaining 50% will be due upon project completion before the final files are released.

I will happily provide references from satisfied clients.

We will likely be communicating back and forth over the entire course of the job, and I will probably be asking plenty of questions. It is important that you answer these questions in a timely manner so that I can continue to make progress on your manuscript.

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