Editing Rates

These rates are the industry standard and are only a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors.

These rates are not hard and fast. I work on a per-hour basis, but the following can at least give you an idea of what your project will cost. Contact me for a more precise estimate.

We'll then set up a simple, clear contract based on my estimate, with half of the fee serving as a deposit. After I edit each chapter, I will send it back for your approval so you will always know how the project is coming along and can provide feedback.

Type of Work Estimated Pace of Work Rate Per Hour Estimated Rate Per Page
Thorough Editing
  • Proofreading (typos, grammar, punctuation), plus...
  • Tone
  • Flow
  • Dialogue
  • Word choice
  • Tense
  • Point-of-view
  • Sentence structure
  • Clarity
Approximately 5 pages per hour
(250 words/page)
$30 per hour Approximately $6/page
Developmental/substantive editing
  • All of the above, plus...
  • Restructuring for transitions, presentation, and organization of the content
Approximately 3 pages per hour
(250 words/page)

$35 per hour Approximately $12/page
For rush projects (24 hour turn-around), add 50% to above rates.

E-mail me with details of your project. You can even send me a sample, which will make the estimate more precise. I look forward to hearing from you!


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