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
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.
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.