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What are decent rates for editing a book?

  1. Mighty Mom profile image85
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    Hey all your professional editors out there.
    I usually write or edit shorter works (commercial stuff like websites, brochures, press releases, etc.).
    Which is sort of like SPRINTING.

    Now I need to know what's the going rate for a LONG DISTANCE project -- editing a book?
    I'll give you the parameters and you tell me what YOU would charge or think is reasonable as either a per word or per page rate.

    92,000 words
    166 pages

    Mighty Mom

    1. pylos26 profile image77
      pylos26posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      About three dollars.

  2. WryLilt profile image92
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    I am far from an expert but I run a local group with quite a few published authors. I *think* about $1200-1500 for 300-400 standard pages.

  3. Mighty Mom profile image85
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    Thanks, WryLit!

  4. Teylina profile image61
    Teylinaposted 5 years ago

    I'm definitely no expert. However, that is the reason I've not even tried to pub an epic I wrote which a number of people said should published. Good epics are few and far between. I kept getting quotes from the editors I contacted (freelance) because it needs some serious woodcutting and I didn't know where to start (still don't--but going to anyway 1st of Aug) The best rate I got was 1.75 per pg (one person--rest were all $2 per pg). At 900 (closer to 1,000) pgs, I couldn't do it, but I've been being harassed by a couple of people (not friends or family) to try again to self-edit, so guess I'll see. Wouldn't it be loverly if we could all just send in manuscripts and know it would go to a good editor at a pub house, like things used to be!!

  5. Mighty Mom profile image85
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    Thanks, all, for your help on this!