Every manuscript or writing project is different. Sometimes editing is rather straightforward... and sometimes not. There are many factors and details to consider, and books come in all shapes and sizes.
I charge by the project, not by the word or page, based on how long it will take. Manuscripts vary considerably and I offer various services.
Some projects can continue through numerous revisions, but some can be wrapped up rather quickly. Depends on where you are in the writing process. Length is not necessarily the most determinative factor. A 100 page dissertation can easily take longer than proofing a 300 page novel.
Send me something to review and I will give you a flat rate for the project. Thoroughly editing a full-length manuscripts generally takes from one to four weeks, but "length" is a very flexible term, and of course it depends on what you need done. Some projects require only a day or two. Proofing and final formatting can be rather straightforward.
A writer's level of skill would also influence pricing; some writers need more work than others, as do manuscripts at the earlier stages.
There is a difference between editing or preparing a manuscript for some specific purpose, and working with a writer on a book over a period of time, involving several drafts, revisions and repeated copyediting and such. It helps if the writer and the editor understand this from the beginning.
. A basic editing of a novel includes a thorough line and copyediting, basic formatting and clean-up, highlight of areas that need addressing, and a developmental write-up with my thoghts and suggestions; but not including major revisions or rewriting, more just identification of where they might be possible or necessary.
It does not include absolute final proofing and preparation for publishing. Among other things, that would require you reviewing my edits and finalizing absolutely everything. Once you're ready to completely sign off on it and go ahead with the publishing, a final proofing would be required. Taking the text and self-publishing is another project, although I can offer a flat rate for everything.
. Theses and dissertations are different. They generally aren't nearly as long as most books and novels, but can require more time. Most dissertations would be between $750 and $1750 for basic copyediting and formatting for submission.
. I can help you prepare a text for self publishing on Amazon, print-on-demand and Kindle. Other formats as well, but they are the standard, and they sure do make it easy. Either packaged with the editing services or as a separate project.
Contact me with details about what you have, I'll review it and let you know what I can do for you, and give you a quote and timeline. I can give a tentative estimate based on a sample, and can do a sample editing--but I must
see the complete manuscript before I can commit to a price or deadline, to make sure we're on the same page (so to speak). Feel free to call to chat.
Examples of some ebooks I've worked on, and some sample dissertations in APA and Chicago to download.