We follow the guidelines and definitions provided by the Editorial Freelancers Association, including their definition of a manuscript page as 250 words. We use word-counting software that will verify the number of words in your project.

You have a choice when working with Affordable Editing -- you can pay by the hour, or keep us on retainer for automated, recurring billing. For smaller projects, we can quote a project rate based on the hourly rates below. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover, as well as PayPal payments.

Type of Work and Description (based on EFA definitions) Typical Pace Hourly Rates
Copyediting, Basic
  • Correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text
  • Reading for overall clarity and sense on behalf of your expected audience
  • Querying the appropriate person about apparent errors or inconsistencies
  • Cross-checking references, art, figures, tables, equations, and other features for consistency with their mentions in the text
5–8 manuscript pages/hour $20/hour
Copyediting, Heavy — Basic Copyediting plus:
  • Checking for or imposing a consistent style and format
  • Preparing a style sheet that documents style and format
  • Noting permissions needed to publish copyrighted material
  • Preparing a manuscript for the next stage of the publication process
2–5 manuscript pages/hour $30/hour
Substantive Editing
  • Identifying and solving problems of overall clarity or accuracy
  • Reorganizing paragraphs, sections, or chapters to improve the order in which the text is presented
  • Writing or rewriting segments of text to improve readability and flow of information
  • Revising any or all aspects of the text to improve its presentation
  • Consulting with others about issues of concern
  • Incorporating responses to queries and suggestions and creating a new draft of the document
1–6 manuscript pages/hour $35/hour
Developmental Editing
  • Working with the client and, usually, the author of a book or other document to develop a manuscript from initial concept, outline, or draft (or some combination of the three) through any number of subsequent drafts
  • Making suggestions about content, organization, and presentation, based on analysis of competing works, comments of expert reviewers, the client's market analysis, and other appropriate references
  • Rewriting, writing, and researching, as needed, and sometimes suggesting topics or providing information about topics for consideration of authors and client
1–5 pages/hour $40/hour
Comparing the latest stage of text with the preceding stage, marking discrepancies in text, and, when appropriate, checking for problems in page makeup, layout, or type. Proofreading may also include one or more of the following:
  • Checking proof against typesetting specifications
  • Querying or correcting errors or inconsistencies that may have escaped an editor or writer
  • Reading for typographical errors or for sense without reading against copy
  • Verifying links in online publications
5–10 manuscript pages/hour $20/hour
Gathering and verifying information to develop all or part of a publication.
N/A $20/hour
Producing an original document from notes, outline, research, interviews, experience, or general guidelines.
1–3 manuscript pages/hour $40/hour
Re-Writing — Any or all of the following:
  • Adding original material to a draft
  • Deleting material
  • Reorganizing material
  • Collaborating with other editors
  • Producing another draft
  • Reworking print copy for online publication
1–3 manuscript pages/hour $40/hour