Or if you're ready for a sample edit, email me a Word document of at least 1,000 words and a short synopsis of your story. The more information of the manuscript you send, the better and more accurate the cost and times estimates will be!
I’ll do a sample edit and get back to you with an evaluation plus time and cost estimates.
After we decide to move ahead together, I'll help you through each step of the editorial process. Don't hesitate to ask questions!
How much does it cost?
Every project is different and the fee depends on several factors:
What level of editing is required? Developmental editing is a very demanding, in-depth service, so it's more expensive than proofreading.
How complex is the project? A100,000 word epic fantasy with multiple points of view is going to take longer to edit than a 60,000 word memoir.
Has the manuscript been read by other people and revised accordingly? If I'm the first person to see your manuscript, it's going to be expensive. It's worth it to find beta readers before getting a professional edit.
Editing involves problem solving, critical thinking, organizing and reorganizing, writing and rewriting, reading and rereading, and doing nitty-gritty work, like finding missing quotation marks or backwards apostrophes—it happens!
Copyediting can take anywhere from one hour to fifty or more hours. Have a look at the industry standards for minimum hourly rates at the following links, and start with those numbers to get a sense for how much it could cost.