What Help Can I Get, and About How Much Will it Cost Me?
That depends on what services you want.
Some authors I help are only looking for a little polish on an already well-written book or article.
And some writers want to get published, but all they have is a rough manuscript they are willing to turn over to me fully, expecting it to end up as an eBook, complete with a professional cover, for sale in the Amazon Kindle Store. I’ve done all that, and I’m happy to do it.
And some writers are not interested in publishing a book, but need and want that resume, or newsletter or even that clever Facebook wedding announcement proofread right now!
The editing I do is “copyediting” and I include proofreading in that service. Copyediting concentrates on accurate grammar, consistant facts or story, and a flow of text that doesn’t take away from the author’s intended style. I work with you, the author, always respecting your unique voice, and I provide suggested corrections, with simple explanations of why correction should be made. (This is particularly helpful to those who don’t write in English as their first language, or anyone still learning the ins and outs of grammar.) Of course, you may accept or reject any correction.
But I do offer the service where, with your okay, I will go ahead and make necessary corrections and prepare a work for publication, with no further work by you.
So I’ve worked out a formula that helps me get paid for the work I do and the time it takes to do it.
Formula Rates for Editing Services:
I. BOOKS: FICTION AND NONFICTION:
(Rates are based on “pages.” A single page is defined as 300 words.)
A. For copy editing and proofreading where the author wants detailed footnotes on every suggested change, I charge $2.00 per page of suggested corrections, or a flat fee of 60 cents a page, whichever is greater.
B. For copy editing and proofreading where the author asks me to use my judgement and make all needed corrections, I charge $1.00 per page receiving correction, or a flat fee of 30 cents a page, whichever is greater.
C. Formatting for Website or Kindle Publication is another 10 cents per page. (Contact me about formatting for other platforms)
D. If the author wants me to handle all the details of getting the book published through Kindle Direct Publishing, including:
- designing a simple cover,
- writing the promotional copy needed for displaying the book in the Kindle Store
- technical support on uploading the formatted book and cover to Kindle Direct Publishing
I charge an additional $75 for that package.
Example A: If an author who wants to review my suggestions sends me a 400 page book, and I need to make minimal corrections, it will cost them $240. If that 400 page book needs correction on every other page, it will cost $400. If every page of that 400 page book needs correction, they will pay $800.
Example B: If someone who wants me to use my judgement and prepare the book for publication sends me a 400 page book that needs minimal corrections, it will cost $120. If that 400 page book needs correction on every other page, it will cost them $200, and if it needs correction on every page it will cost $400.
Example C: Formatting any 400 page book for publication on Kindle will be $40. (Contact me about formatting for publication on other platforms.)
Package Example: For $315 dollars, a person could send me a 400 page book that needs correction on every other page, and I will correct it into a text that honors the author’s style, yet flows correctly, and reads consistently in excellent English. Plus I will format it as an eBook, design a simple, professional cover, and make sure it is published in the Amazon Kindle Store on Amazon.com, with professionally written copy to introduce the work to readers.
(Rates are based on “lines.” A line is defined as “one unit of a poem designed to be printed on a single line.”)
Poetry editing is a different kettle of fish. Any suggested edit must consider poetic structure, meter (rhythm), rhyming patterns, alliteration and other word/sound patterns as well as how word choice contributes to story, theme and mood. Many times an edit suggest ways to get around awkward or unnatural wording.
One change in a poem can suggest an entirely new direction for a poem. So, I never rewrite poetry as part of the editorial work, and I alway work directly with the author to help achieve the ideal poem from the point of view of the author, not the editor.
A. Poems up to 10 lines are a flat $5 to review and suggest edits.
B. Poems from 11 to 20 lines are $10.
(Add $5 for each incremental increase.)
C. Formatting Poems for Website or Kindle Publication is 2 cents per line.
Example: If you had a 20 line poem, it would cost $10.40 for me to review it, suggest edits and format it for your website or publication in an eBook.
Example: If you had a book of poetry that totaled 100 lines, you would pay me $52 to edit it and format it for publication. For a total of $127 I would also create a cover, and make sure you got it published in the Amazon Kindle Store and Amazon.com with a professionally written blurb that will introduce your book to readers in the store.
Note: All these examples are based on a specified number of PAGES or LINES. Your book would cost more, or less, depending upon the number of pages (for fiction or non-fiction) or lines (for poetry) you had me edit and format, etc.
III. ALL OTHER EDITED MATERIAL: Houly rates
(For material other than books, I charge by the hour, with a minimum charge of one hour per item being edited. The total time will be based on each five minutes of actual editing over the minimum one hour.)
This has proven to be the best and fairest way for me to get paid for the work that goes into these items.
Note: I never charge for researching or learning something I have to look up. I only charge for actual editing and notes to the client. This has proven to be the best and fairest way for me to get paid for the work that goes into these items.
A. General Editing: $30/hour
This includes most web content, magazine or web articles, blog posts, social media post as well as school work, essays, and research papers.
Example A: A student with a 400 word essay that takes me 50 minutes to edit would pay $30.00 to make sure grammar, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure and flow were correct.
Example B: A student with a 300 word essay that takes me 1 hour and 43 minutes to edit, including notes on why changes need to be made, (especially useful for English as a Foreign Language training) will pay $50.00 to make sure grammar, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure and flow were correct.
B. General Business Editing: $35/hour
This includes resumes, business letters, emails, marketing and promotional material.
Example A: An app developer who wants buyers to see a description written in professional, American English, will pay $35.00 for me to edit it to their satisfaction.
Example B: A business will pay $35.00/hour for me to edit and proofread their monthly newsletter.
IV: RE-WRITES, GHOST WRITING: $50/hour
At times, an editing job can turn into an extensive writing job. This usually happens when an author or business has not done or is not able to do the work needed to get a book or other material ready for editing. When the client still needs the finished product, and is willing to pay me to do it, I will do the work, including editing it to its final form, for $50.00/hour, figured to the nearest 5 minutes of actual writing and editing time. Note: I will NOT write a student's research paper, or any other school assignment.
How to Get a FREE QUOTE:
It's free to contact me and tell me about your project. Decide what help you want, and together we'll estimate the cost based on the above guidelines.