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Pricing and payment

Because my goal is to give all indie authors access to professional editing, my rates run to the lower end of the industry standard, starting as low as $.007 per word for a final proofread of a clean manuscript, and up to $.04 per word for intensive editing. 

Fiction Proofreading

Beginning at $.007 per word for a basic proofread of an exceptionally clean manuscript. This would equal $7.00 for every thousand words, or $700 for 100K words. Projects that require significant editing will quote for higher than this base amount.  

Fiction Copyediting

Beginning at $.0085 per word, a copy edit of a clean manuscript would run $8.50 per 1000 words, or $850 for 100K words.  

Fiction Line editing

Beginning at $.0135 per word, or $13.50 per 1000 words, and up.  

Non-fiction editing (including for students and businesses.)

Please contact me to discuss your needs and budget. 

Please note that these are not flat fees—these are only my base rates, as the exact quote is calculated using your 1200-word sample edit. The frequency of error and the time required to complete the edit of your sample are used to determine the final quote, which may be higher or lower than the amounts listed above. The sample also allows us to get a taste of each other's work and see if we might be a good fit. 


If we agree to go forward, payment terms are as follows:

  • To reserve the space in my schedule, a nonrefundable $100 deposit is required, to be deducted from from total cost. 

  • For projects with a final cost of $200 or less, full payment (or whatever is remaining after deposit) is requested at commencement of editing.

  • For projects costing $201 and higher, 50% of the remaining fee (after deposit) is due at commencement of editing, and the remaining balance is due once the manuscript is finished but before the release of the completed file to you.


For authors with particularly tight budgets, please feel free to ask about the possibility of making special arrangements or payment plans.


My rate includes two passes through your manuscript to locate and correct errors or provide feedback on word choice and content. 

It is generally expected that a manuscript has already gone through several rounds of beta-reading and revisions before its submission to a professional editor. It's worth restating that a clean manuscript with a low rate of error will require far less editing on my part and result in a lower cost for you. 

If you are ready for a quote based upon your 1200-word sample, please email me at

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