I offer many types of editing services. Each type may be needed for your project, or you may want just one. Whatever you might be looking for, we can discuss your specific project and what it needs.
A content edit is an in-depth consideration of your work’s plot structure, character development, pacing, and voice with the goal to improve your work from the bones up. This editorial package is for those who want to improve their work on all fronts. A content edit will include an initial editorial letter as well as a follow-up once changes are implemented. Additional reviews of the work will require a small fee.
A line edit is a close look at the language of your project to improve the flow of the text by reducing repetitions, increasing strong vocabulary, varying sentence and paragraph structure, etc. A line edit will include the first edit as well as a second once you’ve implemented changes. Additional reviews of the work will require a small fee.
A copy edit ensures better grammar, punctuation, and spelling accuracy within your novel. A copy edit will include the initial edit plus a follow-up to review changes made. Additional passes will require a small fee.
A proofread is a final read—usually when the work is in print layout—to catch any remaining typos, inconsistencies, incorrect punctuation, or problems created when the documents was formatted for print or ebook. Proofreading includes the initial read, as well as a follow-up to review changes made. It also includes cover copy, acknowledgements, dedication, and other peripherals that apply. Additional passes will require a small fee.
There are many factors when determining the cost of a project, such as the amount of editing needed, the complexity of the topic, an expedited timeline, or specialized annotation. The following guidelines are subject to variation based on your project. For a more accurate quote, contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short Text Projects
I will do some shorter projects if they fit in my schedule. I charge by the hour for queries, first chapters, articles, blog posts, programs, bios, etc. You can estimate between $30–$80 an hour depending on the type of editing requested.
For in-depth developmental editing, you can expect to pay between $1300–$6000. Because of the nature of content editing, it can vary widely based on the author’s needs and skill level, not to mention the length of the book. This edit will be a detailed look into every aspect of your work, from plot structure, to character development, to pacing, and voice. It is meant to stretch and improve a novel, but also leave the author with lessons they can take into their next project.
For detailed line edits, you can expect to pay between $1000–$5000. Again, based on the particular needs of the author and their novel, the estimates vary. Length plays a particular part in line edits, since going sentence by sentence to ensure flow takes much longer for a 150k novel than it does a 60k novel.
For a precision copy edit, you can expect to pay between $800–$4000. As with line edits, the biggest factor in price for a copy edit is the length of your novel.
For a final proofreading of your work before publication, you can expect to pay between $400–$2000. Additional costs may be added if indexing, glossaries, and other lengthy post-editing sections have been included in your final version of the project.
The requirements for non-fiction projects vary even more than in fiction, and with that comes an even wider range of prices. You can expect to pay anywhere between $1500–$8000. If your project is a fairly straightforward memoir or autobiography, you may plan on the lower end of that spectrum. If your project is a detailed cookbook, a technical manual in a highly specialized field, or an instructional piece like a gardening book, plan to be in the mid-range to higher on those estimates. The more technical and detailed, the more an editor has to fact check, ensure that the prose is communicating what it intends to, and double-check all measurements and quantities given in the work.
Since non-fiction requires clear communication of topics, line editing can become a bigger job than in fiction. Especially with technical topics, there will be an increased need to ensure that every sentence contributes to informing your reader. You can expect to pay between $1400–$6000 for a line edit that meets your project’s needs.
Due to the potentially complicated nature of non-fiction, you can expect to pay $1100–$5000 for copy editing.
A proofread will be essential for your non-fiction project after it has been put in formatting. Typos and new issues can potentially occur, as well as new confusion if information and graphics are paired poorly. You can expect to pay $700–$3000.