Services and Costs

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Quality copyediting is more affordable than you think.
I edit all manner of written material, from blog posts and magazine articles to PhD dissertations and, of course, book manuscripts. I charge $30 per hour for small projects, $50 per hour for developmental editing, and base my book estimates on a $30/hr rate.
I charge $250 for manuscript assessments up to 60,000 words, $350 for assessments on manuscripts between 60,000 and 100,000 words, and $500 for manuscripts over 100,000 words. (Keep reading to learn more about assessments.) For books and other long works, I do a sample edit of your manuscript and then provide a final estimate for the project. 
For regular editing work on small projects such as blog posts and monthly articles, I charge a retainer fee of $350 up front. This way I do not need to constantly bill you for small, frequent projects.
Castle ruins, Samobor, Croatia

Castle ruins, Samobor, Croatia

Please contact me to discuss scheduling a complimentary consultation and sample edit. It costs nothing to talk!

Standard Copyediting:

Standard copyediting involves correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, syntax, and much more. I ensure that verbs, pronouns, and nouns match in tense and number; check for consistency, cohesion, comprehension, and clarity; and do light fact checking. I make suggestions for  improving writing style, word choice, and organization. (We may agree in advance that I make such changes for you.) I use the Chicago Manual of Style as a style guide unless otherwise requested.

Heavy (substantive/content) Copyediting:

Playing with elephants in Thailand

Playing with elephants in Thailand

Heavy copyediting goes deeper into improving the flow of text. In a heavy edit, I polish and reword sentences to improve clarity and flow and to eliminate repetition, awkward wording, overuse of passive voice, jargon, slang, and poor sentence structure.
I fact check, rearrange paragraphs, sections,and chapters if necessary, and rework subheadings and chapter titles as needed. Occasionally, the author can inadvertently be argumentative, cite personal opinions as facts, use slang or jargon, or otherwise veer away from being professional and reader friendly. I make suggestions to correct these problems.

Developmental Editing:

Developmental editing is the process of helping you plan, structure, and develop your manuscript. It can be done in the early stages of writing or after you have a substantial amount written but need help in organizing, cutting down, or fleshing out the manuscript. Final copyediting is a separate stage and is not included in developmental editing.

Manuscript Assessment:

White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

An assessment pinpoints the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript, brings attention to specific problem areas, and provides general suggestions for improvement. It does not include line editing or copyediting. 

An assessment provides honest feedback on what the manuscript needs to create a solid story that will keep the reader turning the page. It is suggested for a manuscript in an early draft because it can lead to substantial rewriting.

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Rush Projects

I can sometimes accept rush projects. A rush fee of 50 percent is added to the base cost. A minimum of 75 percent of the estimate is due upon my acceptance of a rush project.

Payment Options:

Depending on the size of the project, either a 30 percent or 50 percent deposit is due on commencement of a new project. For larger projects, a second payment of 30 percent is due halfway through. Final payment is due on completion. Invoices and receipts are sent via PayPal, and only PayPal payments are accepted. (You do not need a PayPal account to pay through PayPal.)
If you want to make a deposit or other payment right now, you may use the PayPal button below.

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Cancellation Fee

Sometimes a writer chooses to cancel a project or put it on hold. If we have already signed a contract and work has commenced, your deposit will be charged for work done up to that point or a minimum fee of 25 percent of the total estimate, whichever is greater. Any remaining deposit will be refunded. Should you reactivate the project at a later date, a partial credit will be applied for the fee already paid, depending on how much time has elapsed.


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