From time to time I’m asked how much I’d charge to edit someone’s book.
At present, I am not editing for individuals. As a freelancer for a national nonprofit organization, I stay as busy as I want to be just editing the assignments they send me.
Perhaps it will help some writers, however, if I quote the rate chart of the Editorial Freelancers Association:
Updated: June 2012
Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.
|Type of Work||Estimated Pace||Range of Fees|
|Editing, basic copyediting||5-10 ms pgs/hr||$30-40/hr|
|Editing, heavy copyediting||2–5 ms pgs/hr||$40–50/hr|
|Editing, website copyediting||$40-50/hr|
|Editing, developmental||1–5 pgs/hr||$45–55/hr|
|Editing, substantive or line||1–6 ms pgs/hr||$40–60/hr|
|INDEXING||8-20 pr pg/hr||$35-65/hr
$5.50-12/pr ind pg
|Layout, books||6-10 pgs/hr||$45-85/hr|
|Layout, newsletters||1-4 pgs/hr||$40-100/hr|
|PROJECT MANAGEMENT||$9-30/pr pg
|PROOFREADING||9-13 ms pgs/hr||$30-35/hr|
|WRITING||1-3 ms pgs/hr|
|NOTE ind = indexable page, ms = manuscript, pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour, wd = word|
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