“Almost all writing begins with terrible first efforts.”
~ Anne Lamott
Manuscript critique and line edit: $60.00/hour
To give you examples of prices, for a 90,000 word manuscript that needs moderate work, the charge for critiquing the manuscript would be about $600; to line edit, about $1500. Please note, these are merely estimates to give you an idea of costs.
Proofreading that same 90,000 word book would cost approximately $400.
Guerilla Editing: $25.00/hour
I will always provide an estimate of how much a project will cost. For the sake of accuracy, I will ask to see at least ten pages of a book-length project so that I can assess the level of work needed and make a reasonable estimate of how much time will be involved in the revision and/or editorial process. For lengthy projects, especially those that require both revision work and line editing, I am willing to offer a set price for the entire project, payable in installments.
Payment can be made either by check or through PayPal.
Computer or Hard Copy?
I accept manuscripts via e-mail attachment or hard copy through the mail. Hard copy is often easier to work with when I am reading and critiquing a manuscript for the first time, since I can make comments directly on the page that are easily seen and understood. When either critiquing or line editing on the computer, I use Word’s track changes feature. I recommend this for the line-editing stage, since in that way the changes are already made on the manuscript and the author does not have to insert them into his or her copy. My line editing can, of course, be accepted, rejected, or modified, and there is no danger of any line editing being missed.
If a writer e-mails his or her manuscript yet requests that I work on hard copy, I will charge a printing fee of $.10/page.