Editors charge by speed limits, and speed depends on the nature and quality of the document. Difficult or technical material with many errors takes longer to edit. Common subjects with few errors take less time.
Other factors reducing speed include: harmonizing different styles of multiple authors; non-native writers; references and cross-references; tables and figures; and technical issues like macros, unusual file types, and content management systems. Therefore most editors ask for a work sample before quoting.
To get my free quote, please send at least 10% of the document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please inform me beforehand as I do not open attachments from unknown senders. My quotes are based on editing a double-spaced page of 250 words, the standard measure used by editors.
Widely-recognized productivity rates from authoritative sources span these ranges:
*Structural, substantive, or stylistic editing: 1 – 6 pages / hour
Copy editing: 2 – 8 pages / hour
Proofreading: 4 – 9 pages / hour
*Definitions of types of editing come from the Editors’ Association of Canada.
Manuscript reviews - rates
Rates are based on an average of 250 words per page, on a sliding scale.
Reader’s Reports: $2.50 / page to 100 pages. Then add $0.75c / page.
Words / Pages C$
25,000 / 100 250
30,000 / 120 265
35,000 / 140 280
Manuscript Evaluations: $3.50 / page to 100 pages. Then add $0.75 /page.
If you have had a Reader’s Report from me previously, the cost is reduced by $25.00.
Words / Pages C$
25,000 / 100 350
30,000 / 120 365
35,000 / 140 380
Except for manuscript reviews, I quote by project because customer requirements and the nature of process differ so widely. For example, is research required or not? Few sites list hard figures, but you may like to scroll through this article on the balance.
How to pay
I can accept payment through any of these. Please ask if you want a formal receipt.
- Paypal: Open an account, and link it to your credit card or bank account. Get the app for your mobile.
- Etransfer: Email the amount through your bank using Interac. You won’t need my bank details.
- Academics can authorize a cheque from a research grant. The administrator may need to add me to the university’s list of approved vendors.
I don’t currently add any tax, and payment is due in full on delivery of my invoice with completed work. If you are a first-time client, and depending on your location, I may ask for part or full payment up front.