Proofreding and Editing Rates (not mine; I don’t do that)

danWe’re getting close to the announcement of the Word Weaver Writing Contest Winners, so I’m distracting you with this post.

And yes, I misspelled proofreading in the title on purpose.


You guys always ask me what stuff like editing costs, so I looked up a few editors’ rates. This is not unusual for editing, and a clean MS (manuscript) costs much less to edit.

No that’s not a shameless plug for my Private Critique Group.

Check out these rates. You can decide for yourself if they’re worth it – oh, and by the way, this isn’t fixing your story so it’s a page turner, it’s mostly finding typos and missing commas and stuff. Maybe a little story doctoring but that’s not usually what regular editors excel at.

Person A


75,000 (300 pages) $405.00 – $675.00

100,000 (400 pages) $540.00 – $900.00

Person B


Dollars: $0.004 p/word (approx $300 per 75K word manuscript)


Dollars: $0.004 – 0.007 p/word, depending on manuscript (between $300 – $525 per 75K word manuscript)


Copy editing is a process that ensures that text is correct in terms of spelling, grammar, jargon, punctuation, terminology, semantics and formatting. … They make sure any factual data in the text is accurate and that any potential legal issues are brought to the publisher’s attention.

Line editing refers to prose. It’s about the craft of writing, and that means paragraph structure, sentence flow, word choice, and language-related techniques. That also means voice, style, readability, and forward movement. And in fiction it means the difference between scenes and exposition.

Proofreaders read copy and transcripts and check to make sure there are no spelling, grammatical or typographical errors.

Do you see any of the descriptions that say they’ll help you trim your story so it reads at a terrific pace?

Or with emotion?

Or that’ll make it a page turner?

Kinda sorta but not really?

Shop carefully, my friends. There are good editors and bad editors out there, and you have to do your homework before hiring them. Look for referrals from the editors you’re considering and ask author friends who they used.

But usually the editor isn’t making your story read well, so don’t expect them to do that.


Have YOU had an experience, good or bad, with an editor? (No names, please.)



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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

15 thoughts on “Proofreding and Editing Rates (not mine; I don’t do that)

    1. To be honest, I’ve read those descriptions three times and I’m still not 100% sure what they do. And I think that’s on purpose. I think these people fix typos and tell you where a comma is/ isn’t needed and charge you a lot of money – and then say to make your story better you’ve got to spend more money with the next person.

      At the end of the day you’re out $1500 in your story still sucks because they can’t help you write a good story, they can just make sure your bad story doesn’t have typos.

      1. I didn’t mean to imply the prices weren’t reasonable. It’s just that I think a lot of writers get sticker shock and as a result cut corners. That’s how so many badly edited books end up on Amazon.

  1. I had my memoir edited that at the time I thought it was ok. However, I since realised that in fact, it was far from good. However, by this time my book was published both online and in print. Therefore, I recommend that you get in touch with someone who has used the editor you intend using before paying for their services. There are a number of editors who will do a sample edit free of charge or will take the charge off their bill if you decide to use them. This method can save you both money and disappointment.

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