Editing rates

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 info@grahamhayman.ca. 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

My sources include What Do Editors Charge? (Editors’ Association of Canada), EFA rates (Editorial Freelancers Association, New York), and How fast can you edit? (American Copyeditors’ Society).

*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

Writing rates

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.