We’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.
SAMPLE EDIT RATE
75,000 (300 pages) $405.00 – $675.00
100,000 (400 pages) $540.00 – $900.00
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.)