What Editing Costs (and Why)

Estimates (and final costs to clients) for editing depend on various factors:

Different types of editing take more or less time and draw on different skills. For example, proofreading pages that have already been copyedited, designed, and laid out well takes less time usually than copyediting that same text for those pages. Doing a substantive edit for the text that eventually becomes those laid-out pages will also take longer than proofreading the resulting pages. Editing maps that appears on those pages is an additional task and takes additional time.

Editors and manuscripts vary; however, here’s what I use to estimate editing costs:

For more about rates, what editing involves, and more, please see upcoming blogs or contact me.

* A note about word counts: A standard guide for the length of a page helps editors compare apples with apples. For example, a manuscript that works out to 48 000 words = 192 standard manuscript pages even if it can be printed out in various type fonts and sizes to be 200, 150, or 120 pages. Those same 48 000 words might turn out to be 160 published pages. Whatever, the case, the 250 words/standard page formula ensures that editors can create and use guidelines effectively.


© Laura Edlund 2010