editing? Developmental editing? Copyediting? Proofreading? Coaching? What kind of editing do you want? What kind of
editing do you need?
Definitions — and
pricing — vary
among editors. Here are my recommendations, editing definitions,
and rates for various situations that writers face.
Please be aware
that if we work together, a down payment of 50 percent or the specified
number of hours must accompany your signed agreement. The agreement
sets forth what we each will provide and expect in our working
relationship. After you have signed the agreement, I will sign
it and return the original to you.
I am happy to provide a sample
agreement and a sample evaluation prepared for another author.
I am happy to provide sample copy or content editing of up to three
pages at no charge. References available. Contact me.
Many writers find themselves in situations like these. See how I can
self-publishing / seeking traditional publication and am good to
go on my work's content,
but I want to put my best foot forward" / "My manuscript
is perfect as is. All I want is someone to read it for typographical
errors, like 'does' instead of 'dose.'"
you want is what I call copyediting, correction of grammatical,
punctuation, typographic, spelling, style errors, basic
fact checking, or final proofreading. I am happy to refer you to
a competent copyeditor / proofreader.
want to know if it's any good, if I should keep at this" / "I
keep getting rejected by agents or publishing houses and would
like help in determining what's wrong."
is a manuscript evaluation. I'll read your completed manuscript or
book and provide a three- to five-page written summary on its strengths,
how it could be made stronger, and its current commercial viability.
I also will address up to five specific questions you provide at
the time that we agree to work together. Typically, I also make
some comments directly on the electronic or hard copy file of your
work. This does not include content or copyediting.
25,000 words, $200
25,001-50,000 words, $300
75,000-100,000 words, $500
more than 100,000 words, varies
If the author desires, a twenty-minute phone consultation
about the work and written evaluation may be scheduled for an additional
- "I'm serious about publishing and selling / marketing
my work (traditionally or self-publishing), but I need some help
with structure / pacing / flow / organization / dialogue / character
This is content or developmental editing. For me, this type of editing
is very interactive. I make comments on a chapter-by-chapter basis
with specific suggestions for improvement. You make the changes,
decide to leave things as they are, ask me questions, ask for help
in making the changes, whatever you like. Typically, we go back
and forth two to four times.
Book proposal / query letter development
or creation also falls into this category. This does not include
copyediting or proofreading, although I typically make some technical
changes as I go.
Pricing: $65 per hour with a binding agreement
on your total investment after I read (at no charge to you) your
first chapter. If the process takes fewer hours than I estimate,
you pay only for the hours I worked. If it takes longer, that’s
my problem for underestimating, and I will complete the work for
no charge above the ceiling stated in our agreement.
this back and forth happens via e-mail. I’m happy to schedule
phone consultations billed in thirty-minute increments at the rate
of $65 per hour.
Important: Please stop writing and rewriting your work while
it is in my hands. There can only be one live, working version
at any time. If you present a revised version of a project while
it is in my hands for editing or evaluating, my rate for reconciling
the versions will be $75 per hour with a minimum fee of $225, regardless
of the extent of the revision.
- "I've got a great
idea for a book, but I don’t know how to get started" /
got the first fifty pages done and I don't know what to do
next" / "I'm a newbie and don't understand
anything about publishing and have a million questions."
is coaching. I work via e-mail or phone as you prefer, answering
questions and offering direction on your work or your writing career
based on my decades in publishing and communication. The difference
between coaching and content editing is that coaching is a more
open-ended, ongoing relationship, while content editing typically
is done on a project basis.
This option typically includes evaluation
of your writing, but does not include copyediting or proofreading.
Pricing: $65 per hour.
Package discounts available.
Download a PDF of my ratesheet.
note that I no longer do copyediting or proofreading.)