How much does a book editor cost? What a great question!
Line editing is custom-quoted per 250-word page for most projects and includes a deep line edit and critique. Once you sign a contract, half the total is due up front and half when the project is finished. The total project cost falls within the professional rate standards set by the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Manuscript critiques are $1,100 per one manuscript of up to 100,000 words. This editorial letter is usually 10-15 pages, and great for writers with an early draft or an almost-finished draft that hasn’t gotten traction with agents. For a total of $1,700 (for most manuscripts), we can also add detailed in-mansucript notes to the already-comprehensive letter. Usually this add-on service amounts to about 400 notes in the margins of your draft, and is our most popular service. Clients have called these letters a master course in writing unto themselves.
Revision checking is a shorter, less expensive read-through of manuscripts we have edited before. It includes a brief letter and phone call to discuss how well you’ve implemented changes. We include it as an option on all proposals.
The Standout Edit evaluates your query letter, synopsis, and first 50 pages with an industry insider’s eye and helps your materials stand out from the slush pile, vastly improving your chances with agents and residencies. The service is tailored to your needs but averages around $300.
Short story editing pairs your short-form fiction with a specialist editor from the New England Review, a top literary journal. A 20-page story usually costs around $175, but talk to us about your particular piece.
Full pre-publication services for self-publishing authors: Need more than a book editor? Just ask for our list of proven freelancers for book layout design, cover design, copywriting, or print advice consultation. Custom services are quoted on a per-project bases, but we offer a discounted $200 quality layout option for novels.
General consulting on query letters, synopses, and other materials is $75 per hour. Most query letters and synopses take about two hours to review and polish.
Our book, The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists, is available on Amazon for $9.95, or on Kindle, iPad, and Nook for $4.99.
Not sure yet? Ask for a sample edit and proposal. Also, if you need more information about the difference between what critiques, developmental editing, substantive editing, and proofreading will do for your manuscript, read our helpful article here.
Note: The Threepenny Editor is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and abides by its code of ethics, the best-practices standard for every book editor.