rates and services
Word Count Rates
At Inky Editing, I prefer to handle my fees by a per-word basis, rather than per-hour. I personally feel it helps the author more, so they know exactly how much they'll be paying, compared to waiting for the next per-hour invoice.
Please note that if I receive a manuscript that is not completed (as in, it is still being written), I will default to my standard $25.00 per hour rate.
I don't separate my developmental and copyediting with different rates, they all charge the same. However please see my rates for proofreading as they will differ.
To see where your manuscript falls under a word-count rate, please read below.
Novels, 50,000+ words = 1 cent per word
Novellas, 30,000 word maximum = 2 cents per word
Short stories, 10,000 word maximum = 3 cents per word
Free 1,000 word sample
Though it's popular belief that editing is a very 'right vs. wrong' task, it's often the opposite. Editing is subjective! The English language is complicated, and it often breaks its own rules. A good editor can help you spot where something in the writing is subjectively correct, or objectively wrong.
This is why 1,000 word free sample edits are fantastic. It gives you, the author, a tase of how I work as an editor, and allows you to see if we're a good match for each other. Once you've received your sample you can then decide if you would like to continue with a full edit.
Proofreading is a quicker editing phase, as it is mostly only catching typos, extra or missing spaces, and occasional spelling errors. In the traditional publishing world, proofreading is the last stage of editing before the manuscript is ready to head off for designs. Essentially it's a relatively clean manuscript, with minimal markups.
Proofreading is much quicker because of this, so I halve my normal rates for any proofreading. See below for the rates that correspond with your manuscript.
Novels = 0.5 cents per word
Novellas = 1 cent per word
Short stories = 1.5 cents per word
Developmental editing, also known as structural editing, is about the story itself. Are the characters well-developed? Are some lagging behind? Is a side character overpowering the main protagonist? Are there any scenes that could be removed, or swapped around in the timeline? Are there any scenes that this story would benefit from? Are there any plot holes? Is the narration head-hopping? Is the tense moving from past to present? These are the kinds of questions editors ask themselves when they are doing a developmental edit, and will provide comments or suggestions for any things they notice.
Manuscript assessments are useful things for authors. Editors don't make any markup or changes to the manuscript, but rather read through the whole thing, and then write up in-depth feedback on the state of the manuscript. They will provide information as to what the manuscript is lacking and needs improvement on, and what the manuscript is doing well in.
My manuscript assessment rates are as follows:
Novels = $300
Novellas = $200
Short Stories = $100
Copyediting, also known as line editing, is getting into the details of the writing. Is a sentence too long? Is the grammar use correct? Is the wording used understandable for the reader?
Punctuation, spelling, and grammar is what copyediting is all about, and what most people think of when they hear 'editor.'
50 for $250
Editing is expensive, and not everyone can afford a full edit, so I have created the 50 for $250 package deal. This package includes development, copyediting, and proofreading for the first 50 pages of your manuscript.
Why 50 pages? In a traditional publishing house, editors will typically only read the first 30-50 pages before deciding if they want to pursue the manuscript further. Time is more valuable than gold to in-house editors, and if your story stands out amongst the sea of unsolicited manuscripts, it gives you a bit of an edge.
If you're taking the self publishing path, or just someone who would like some beginning feedback and experience with an editor, the 50 for $250 deal provides a nice middle ground. You'll have 50 pages of full edits, and enough feedback to help you with the rest of your manuscript.