Rates for Editing Services
Our rates are presented as estimates because prices will vary depending on the complexity of the content and the type of editing work desired. We will give you a more precise quote after reviewing a sample of your work along with a description of the kind of editing tasks you would like done.
Please contact us with any questions. Feel free to submit your manuscript or a sample, and a description of your needs. We will get back to you with questions or a more detailed estimate of the editing costs.
Note on Editing Terminology (source: BAEF)
The publishing field suffers from "ambiguous lexicon." What "medium editing" means to one person may be the same as what "editorial proofreading" means to another. As the BAEF notes, "The potential for confusing terminology and misapprehension notwithstanding, the crucial necessity is that both client and editor understand the client's instructions in the same way."
We have borrowed definitions from the BAEF, which cautions that its definitions are not comprehensive or definitive. Due to the ambiguous nature of the terms, we will communicate with you directly about the specific editing tasks you need.
Estimated range of fees for editing services (adapted from: EFA)
Type of Work
|Range of Fees|
|Copyediting (basic to heavy)||$35–50/hr|
|Substantive (line editing)
|Layout | newsletters||
|NOTE pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour|
Descriptions of editing services
1. Proofreading/editorial proofreading ~ An editorial proofreading involves the same tasks as proofreading plus some of the (light or basic) copyediting tasks, such as correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling and word usage, and ensuring consistency.
2. Light to Heavy Copyediting (source: BAEF)
BAEF: "At all levels of copyediting—light, medium, and heavy—the copyeditor corrects errors, queries the author about conflicting statements, requests advice when the means of resolving a problem is unclear, and prepares a style sheet." Light copyediting is included in medium copyediting, and medium copyediting is included in heavy copyediting.
A "light" copyedit includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage and ensuring consistency. Medium copyediting entails a more qualitative review.
Medium copyediting includes changing text and headings to achieve parallel structure, ensuring consistency and continuity, marking potential discrepancies, and noting ambiguous or incorrect statements.
In a heavy copyedit, the editor addresses issues such as wordiness, poorly written sentences, and will improve transitions and flow. The key differences between heavy and medium copyedits are the levels of rewriting involved.
4. Substantive Editing ~ In substantive editing, the editor considers a manuscript's purpose, content, design, organization and eventual function. "Substantive editing" may be used synonymously as "heavy editing." (BAEF)
5. Layout / Newsletters