The cost of my editing services always depends on the material I am dealing with, so I am not able to quote standard charges. If you are interested in working with me, I will ask you to send a sample from your manuscript and to tell me two things:
· What kind of an edit you want
· How long the manuscript is (in double-spaced, typed pages)
A full (developmental) edit is appropriate for a manuscript that you have completed but which you are not sure is ready for publication. When I do this kind of edit, I do not make marks on the manuscript itself, but rather provide you with a detailed report about it, citing specific examples.
A copyedit is appropriate when you believe your manuscript is ready to go and only needs to be polished. In this case I will go over the manuscript, marking spelling or grammatical errors, awkward phrasing and so forth. You will receive the edited manuscript.
My fee is based on an hourly rate, which is higher for a developmental edit than for a copyedit. I ask for a sample so I can get an idea about how much work I am going to have to do; the more work, the longer it will take me. Once I’ve had a look at your sample, know how many pages I’ll be working with and what kind of edit you want, I can give you an estimate of what it will cost. I will ask for half of the cost up front and the rest when the work is completed.
If you submit a sample to me and I provide an estimate but you do not choose to use my services, then you owe me nothing. If you want to get an idea of what I can do for you, then submit seven pages and I will do a “quick edit” for $35 paid at the time of submission. I offer one quick edit per writer.