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 will provide an estimate based
on the first three chapters and the word count of the book as a whole. I will also provide a three-page sample (12 pt. type
and double-spaced pages) so you can see what kind of edits and suggestions you can expect from me. An average-length novel
(90,000 words) will require a two- to three-week turnaround.
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. I will provide feedback
every step of the way (in in-line comments throughout your manuscript), as well as in a lengthy letter in which I give a broad
overview of what I deem to be the strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript.
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.