How much does a book editor cost? What a great question!
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 $900 per one manuscript of up to 100,000 words. This is great for writers with either an early draft or an almost-finished draft that hasn’t gotten traction with agents. For an additional $500, we can also add detailed scene notes to the already-comprehensive letter. Clients have called these letters a master course in fiction unto themselves.
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.