My rates are dependent upon the work to be done, and they are set based upon my review of your manuscript or draft. The range for a first-round copyedit is generally $40–60 per hour with a one hour minimum, or $.02–.06 (two to six cents) per word with a $40 minimum, or a project rate based on a combination of the two. Every first-round copyedit is the result of two full editorial passes. My clients can pay by check, Visa, or MasterCard.
The primary factor affecting my fee proposal is the level of copyedit needed. Light copyediting services generally include correcting spelling, grammar, syntax, and punctuation. Medium copyediting services generally include light editing tasks plus checking for consistency and clarity, applying specific format and style guide requirements, giving style and content notes, and creating a style sheet for your reference. Heavy or line copyediting services generally include light and medium editing tasks plus suggesting shifting and polishing your provided words and thoughts until they are in their best order, tense, and voice, just as you the author had always intended.
I will be happy to create a free sample edit for your review to help you determine whether my copyediting style is a good fit for you and your work.