My rate for copyediting is reasonable and competitive—and based on the assignment at hand. For individuals who
have written fiction or nonfiction manuscripts in need of content editing or copyediting, I charge $25 an hour. That's twenty-five
years of professional editing experience at a bargain rate (most editors charge $35 to $40 an hour). Why do I do it? Because
I love my job, and I truly want to help people achieve their dreams of publishing their books.
you work with me, an average-length novel (80,000-90,000 words) will take 35 to 45 hours.
publishers I work with usually provide an hourly rate, which I'm happy to negotiate.
What You Get
As your content editor, I will read your manuscript
with an eye toward story structure, pacing, logic, character arc, voice, and more.
My goal as your copy editor will be to help you produce
a smooth and enjoyable read. That means editing for grammar and syntax, spelling and consistency. I will query when a question
arises (or when a fact seems not quite right), and I will verify the spellings of all proper nouns and titles. When I catch
redundancies, I will call them out, and when I meet with awkwardness, I will find a way to alleviate it.
I will be your second set of eyes, the fresh set that catches
minor and not-so-minor errors. It will be my job to help you make your copy be the best it can be.
If you are a publishing company, simply send me an e-mail that describes your assignment. I'll get back to you
within an hour or two to let you know my availability.
If you are an individual who needs editorial assistance, send me an e-mail describing
your book and whether it is fiction or nonfiction, its word count, and any particulars you think I should know.
most cases, I require ten to fourteen days to turn around a copyediting or content editing job.
ask that my clients pay half the estimated cost up front and the remaining half when the
job is complete.