What I Can Do For You
What can I do for you? Well, that really depends on what editing you need done. Every writer and every manuscript has different editorial needs. Some writers are sticklers for good grammar and never have an issue with catching their own typos, but maybe need a bit of help with the plot development. Some writers have excellent plots and solid writing, but can’t check their own grammar. A lot of authors fall between the lines and could use a bit more help in different areas.
If you’ve never had an editor before (or if you’re new to hiring editors on your own) you may not know what an editor can do or what you really want from an editor. So, to give you a hand, I’ve broken down my services and fees so you can find what’s right for your project and your budget.
Manuscripts 100,000 words or less – $750-1000
Manuscripts over 100,000 words – $1000-1250
For authors who aren’t quite sure what kind of editing they need, or new authors who want a general editing experience, this is by far the best value. I’ll take your manuscript, read it, make notes, and give you feedback on everything. And then I’ll give you the tools to improve it. I won’t be spending time hunting down your typos and checking that you’ve spelled phantasmagoria the same way every time, but I will tell you if it needs to be done. And I’ll give you all the notes on substantive and developmental editing that you might need. As an added bonus, I’ll give you a phone call or sit down and have coffee with you and we can talk about everything that I’ve noted and any concerns you might have.
Hourly fee – $45
Pages per hour – 1-6 (250-1,500 words)
Developmental editing – sometimes called structural or substantive editing – helps with content and structure. Instead of checking your grammar, I’ll be helping you reorganize your plot or clarify your overarching message. I will move things around, strengthen your sentences, and suggest changes. This form of editing is a bit more hands-on for the author, as it often involves a bit of rewriting and more than one read through of the draft.
Hourly fee – $50
Pages per hour – 1-5 (250-1,250 words)
Stylistic editing is a form of line-by-line editing that doesn’t involve in-depth grammar correction. Instead, my job is to make sure that everything reads well and is appropriate for your readers, and for your chosen style. I will be clarifying your sentences, smoothing out any rough patches in the writing, checking that it is appropriate for the reading level of the audience, and making sure you abide by whatever style guide you have chosen. This includes checking the formatting for tables and figures.
The style guides I am familiar with include: MLA, Words into Type, Chicago, APA, and the industry standards for graphic novels.
Hourly fee – $35
Pages per hour – 9-13 (2,250-3,250 words)
Proofreading is the absolute final read through before something gets sent out. After a work has been copy-edited and checked for spelling and grammar, a proofreader will go through it and make sure that the copy-editor didn’t miss a typo, or a misplaced comma. After all, even the best editor is still fallible. Most authors will never use a proofreader before they go to publication. However, this is a very practical option for businesses and report writers who just need someone to glance over their work, or a short story writer who has already done their own copy-editing.
Hourly fee – $50
Pages per hour – 2-10 (500-2,500 words)
Copy-editing is chiefly responsible for making your work look respectable and read well. This is the point where an editor is removing any and all typographical errors, bad grammar, and choppy or confusing wording. This is where an editor makes sure that your technical language is consistent and that your protagonist’s Aunt Mary doesn’t turn into Aunt Charlotte. This is where an editor fixes all your it/it’s and there/their/they’re problems. Copy-editing is the polished finish on a written work. If you’re confident in what you’ve written and how it’s structured, and you just want to clean it up and show it off, you’re looking at copy-editing.
Still not sure what type of editing is best for you? Contact me for a sample edit and I can give you my opinion and help you choose your style.