Editing Rates

I’m a big believer in transparency. While I can guess at why other editors don’t list their prices online, it just doesn’t make sense to me. I want you to know what to expect in terms of my experience, my skill, and my rates, so I made this page for you. I offer two kinds of services: developmental editing on a sliding scale and hourly editorial support.

A Developmental Edit includes reading your book, providing minimal notes in the margins, and writing an editorial letter with specific suggestions for ways to improve your book.

To edit a book-length project of up to 90,000 words, my sliding-scale range is $1,200 – $2,500. The low end of this range reflects the truly bare minimum for my time and skill. The high end reflects the typical going rate for developmental editing.

If something in that range doesn’t work for you, but you think I’d be a good fit for editing your book, please contact me. On rare occasions, I take on developmental editing on an hourly basis (see my hourly rate below). If that is the case, I’d read your book, likely not leave any notes in the margins, and instead of doing an editorial letter, we would hop on a call for an hour, and talk through any edits I have for you. Before starting edits, I would read a short sample of your book and provide an estimate for how many hours I anticipate the process taking.

Other Editorial Work: I offer developmental editing of short works (short stories and essays), book coaching, self-publishing support, and very few book length projects at an hourly rate of $50/hour.

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Where do these rates come from?

The higher end of my sliding scale range for developmental editing reflects what others have charged for my work as a subcontractor, the standards of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and research I’ve done on the rates of other freelance developmental editors. The lower end is the bare minimum I can charge for my years of experience, expertise, and, frankly, time.

It’s also important to remember that in both my hourly wage and my sliding scale, I’m a freelancer. That means that I do not get any benefits. I pay for my own insurance, accounting, marketing, and pretty much every business expense out of pocket–before compensating myself at all.

How do I reserve a spot?

I don’t take on just any client. I have a limited number of spots available on my schedule and at this time, I am booking for November 2022 and beyond. If you’re interested in becoming a client, drop me an email and I’ll reply with a few questions for you to respond to. If we agree that we’re a good fit, I’ll accept a deposit and get you on my books.

To reserve a spot on my books, I require a quarter of the total amount as a deposit.

What if my project is longer than 90,000 words?

For any project over 90,000 words, email me and let’s figure out the price that works for you.