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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 $20 an hour. That amount buys you twenty-five years of professional editing experience at a bargain rate (most editors charge $30 to $40 an hour). Why do I do it? Because I love writers! And I love my job. I want to help people achieve their dreams of publishing their books.
 
If you work with me, an average-length novel (80,000-90,000 words) will take about 35 to 40 hours to edit and will cost between $700 and $950.
 
The 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 copy editor is 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 is my job to make your copy be the best it can be. 

How to Contact Me
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.
 
In most cases, I require ten to fourteen days to turn around a copyediting or content editing job.  
 
I ask that my clients pay half the estimated cost up front and the remaining half when the job is complete. 
Editing Samples
I am happy to take an editing exam, if your company requires one. For individuals who want help with their book manuscripts, I edit three double-spaced (12-point type) pages as a sample of my work.

Authors I've Copyedited For

Hallie Ephron

Donald Maass

James Scott Bell

Kelly James-Enger

Sandra Lee

K.M. Weiland

Sage Cohen

Stephen Wilbers

Gabriela Pereira

Zachary Petit

Jennifer Probst

Writer Unboxed Community

Many More!

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