How do you calculate your fees?
I calculate my fees with reference to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and the Editorial Freelancers Association. The EFA gives an estimated pace of a maximum of 5 pages an hour for Developmental Editing. The average word count per page in the appropriate industry format (click here for my guide) tends to be in the 250 to 300 word area. This gives a maximum of 1500 words per hour. For example, for a 90 000 word manuscript would take me approximately 60 hours to fully edit.
For Copy Editing, the EFA estimates a maximum of 5 to 10 pages an hour, depending on the amount of corrections to be made. So, the same 90 000 word manuscript would take me somewhere between 30 and 60 hours.
How soon can I get my feedback?
That depends on what kind of editing you want and on the length of the manuscript. When you contact me, please include the kind of editing and the word count of your manuscript and I will be able to reply with a more accurate deadline, depending on my availability and the work required. For the most thorough feedback and Developmental Editing, you should receive your manuscript back in approximately six weeks.
Can I send my manuscript in the post?
I'm afraid I'm not able to accept physical copies of manuscripts at the moment. The quickest and most reliable way is to send me a Word document by email.
Any more questions?
Please contact me with any questions that aren't listed here!