Editing Rates

In consulting these rates, please remember you are investing in your long-term author career and compensating me for my time in assisting you to make your book the best it can be.

My editing background:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from The University of Tampa in Writing with coursework in editing, fiction and non-fiction writing, script writing, and other creative writing
  • Various jobs and freelance copy editing and proofreading
  • Nearly 4 years as a copy editor for Lowes.com, a Fortune 40 home improvement retailer
  • Nearly 3 years as a content strategist for Ally.com, a top online bank
  • Over 10 years’ experience in critiquing and editing for fellow SFF fiction authors

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Check out the editing overview for a description of each and to learn which one is right for your project. Also see my testimonials.

Outline Consultation

$99 per book outline

includes:

  • in-line comments on your outline of up to 4,000 words
  • an hour of my time via voice chat, Skype, or phone call as a follow-up
  • up to 4 post-assessment emails to answer any questions you may have or to discuss your ideas for moving forward

Series special: $149

for series outline of up to 20,000 words


Turnaround time for a consultation on your outline is 3 days from when I start the project. Contact me to tell me more about your specific needs and to find out when I’m available to start.

Editorial Assessment

0.0125 cents per word

(e.g., $875 for a 70,000 word novel)

includes:

  • a 2- to 4-page editorial letter including a summarized action plan to help you move forward efficiently
  • an hour of my time via voice chat, Skype, or phone call as a follow-up
  • up to 4 post-assessment emails to answer any questions you may have or to discuss your ideas for moving forward

$50 discount

for sequels of books I’ve previously edited in the same series


Turnaround time for an editorial assessment of your book is usually about 3 weeks from when I start the project. Contact me to tell me more about your specific needs and to find out when I’m available to start.

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Developmental Editing

0.02 cents per word

(e.g., $1,200 for a 60,000 word novel)

includes:

  • extensive in-line feedback at the paragraph level
  • a summarized action plan to help you move forward more efficiently
  • an hour of my time via voice chat, Skype, or phone call as a follow-up
  • up to 4 post-assessment emails to answer any questions you may have or discuss your ideas for moving forward

During our call, I will provide a quote for a discounted second pass (after you make revisions) if you believe you need it.


$100 discount

for sequels of books I’ve previously edited in the same series


Turnaround time for development editing is usually 5 weeks from when I start the project. Contact me to tell me more about your specific needs and to find out when I’m available to start.

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Copyediting + Proofreading

0.012 to 0.014 cents per word

(e.g., $600 to $700 for a 50,000 word novel)

includes:

  • extensive in-line copyediting and proofreading
  • an hour of my time via voice chat, Skype, or phone call as a follow-up
  • up to 4 post-assessment emails to answer any questions you may have or to discuss your ideas for moving forward

Note: Rate is based on level of previous editing the manuscript has received from me or otherwise. If it’s in rough shape, it’ll be more expensive.


$50 discount

for providing a clearly defined style sheet (view example from my book)


Turnaround time for copyediting + proofreading is usually 3 to 4 weeks from when I start the project. Contact me to tell me more about your specific needs and to find out when I’m available to start.

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Prices are in US Dollars and can be paid via paypal or venmo, which may charge a small servicing fee in addition.

We can split payment in one of two ways:

  1. Pay half up front to secure time on the editor’s schedule. Pay the balance upon receipt of edited work. Calls and emails can come afterward, up to the maximums.
  2. Pay one-third up front to secure time on the editor’s schedule. Pay another third upon partial receipt of edited work. Pay the balance upon receipt of complete edited work. Calls and emails can come afterward, up to the maximums.

Contact me to provide me with a sample of your work. That’s the best way to ensure we’re compatible in our style and expectations. I also use a contract to ensure we’re both on the same page about the scope of work, timing, payment, etc.

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