What does editing cost?
Well, it depends. I know that’s an annoying answer.
No two projects are the same, so I prepare a customized quote for each client I work with. That said, sometimes just having a ballpark idea can be helpful.
I’ve provided some examples, but please keep in mind that the price will vary depending on the project scope, timeline, type of material (fiction vs. academic), and other factors.
For large projects, I prefer to charge by the word on a per project basis so you can see what the total cost will be up front. Word count is determined before editing begins using Microsoft Word’s “word count” feature. A deposit is usually required and the remaining balance is due upon completion. If you’d like to discuss payment plans, please ask.
For small projects there is a minimum fee of $30. I may also quote an hourly rate (instead of the per word rate) for projects with smaller word counts or where it’s not practical to track by the word. Full payment is due up front before I begin work on small projects.
$0.01 to $0.03 per word
50,000 words ✕ .01 = $500.00
50,000 words ✕ .03 = $1,500.00
$0.006 to $0.009 per word
50,000 words ✕ .006 = $300.00
50,000 words ✕ .009 = $450.00
Flat fee of $120.00
Please contact me to discuss.
Note: My past editing experience slants toward academics, but moving forward I plan on expanding into fiction editing. As I work to build my portfolio, I’m offering introductory rates for fiction proofreading and copyediting services. Please get in touch for more details.