First, let me make a note about my editing rates. The below rates are a starting point for a conversation between the two of us. These rates have been structured around an average of what I typically charge, however I am always willing to negotiate with clients to make sure that we are both comfortable with the pricing and final outcome. Hiring an editor can be a daunting task, and there are many freelance editors out there who will overcharge you and not deliver quality work. In addition, some manuscripts may require more or less work and I don’t believe a standard rate should be applied to all projects. Because of this, I am willing to perform a trial copyedit on the first 1,500 words of your novel for $15 (due upon submission of your manuscript to me). Not only will this give you a sample of my editing style, but it will also give me a chance to get a feel for how much work your manuscript requires. We can use this trial run as a basis for negotiating the full rate if any of the below rates need to be adjusted. If you choose to hire me after this trial, I will deduct this cost from your final bill.
Once an agreed upon rate has been decided, I will draw up an agreement that specifies said amount, along with the type of work to be completed, and approximate delivery date for when you can expect to receive my edits. Along with your signed agreement, I do require a 30% deposit upfront before I begin working on your full manuscript. The remaining balance is due within one week of my completion of the project. I accept both mailed checks (made out to Hartwell Editing) and PayPal.
Developmental Edit: I charge $40/hour, which typically comes to about $10 per 1,000 words.
Copyedit: I charge $50/hour, which typically comes to about $15 per 1,000 words.
Proofread: I charge $35/hour, which typically comes to about $7 per 1,000 words.
eBook Formatting: $60 for up to 70,000 words. $5 extra for each additional 10,000 words and $2 extra for each photo. (For example, a 100,000 word manuscript with 10 photos would cost $95). You will receive both an ePub file (Nook) and a Mobi file (Amazon) from me.
Paperback Formatting: $100 for up to 70,000 words. $10 extra for each additional 10,000 words and $2 extra for each photo. (For example, a 100,000 word manuscript with 10 photos would cost $150). You will receive a PDF file from me. Please specify which size paperback you desire (5.5″ x 8.5″ or 6″x9″ are the most common) and provide me with a high-res file of your cover. Also indicate your header/footer preference.
Combination eBook and Paperback Formatting: $150 for up to 70,000 words. $10 extra for each additional 10,000 words and $2 extra for each photo. (For example, a 100,000 word manuscript with 10 photos would cost $200). You will receive a PDF, ePub, and Mobi file from me.
Change Requests: Once you have received your final files from me, please look them over carefully! If you see any typos or changes you would like me to make to the files (not related to formatting), I allow for a ONE TIME fix of up to ten corrections for FREE. After that, each additional request to make changes to the files (up to 10 corrections each time) costs $20.