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Editing Services

Do you need help figuring out how to improve your manuscript? I am a freelance independent editor who works across a variety of genres. For enquiries, contact me on editing@aoifecasby.net or use the form on the contact page.

Basically, after you provide a sample of the manuscript and details of the word count and, if relevant, draft number, I will discuss the editorial brief with you. Then, based on the complexity of your manuscript,  I will provide you with a quotation and a layout of procedures and the timeline.  Each project is different and together we would consider yours, and the text’s, needs. This is a far from exhaustive list, but the brief would deal with some, or all, of the following: overall structure of the manuscript; organization and content of your manuscript;  developmental issues; a line and content edit; language-related issues; plot issues; dialogue; character development; setting; openings; endings; style; syntax; clarity; inconsistency.

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RATES

Rates for services are based on Industry Standards. The minimum suggested rates in Ireland, the US,  and the UK, taken from the relevant websites, are listed below.  Links to the relevant sites are also provided.

I will give you a quotation based on the complexity of your manuscript, your requirements and the information below.

The minimum suggested rates in Ireland, the US,  and the UK are:

ASSOCIATION OF FREELANCE EDITORS PROOFREADERS AND INDEXERS (AFEPI) IRELAND

Recommended Minimum Rates according to Afepi  (http://www.afepi.ie/rates/)

Please note: These rates are exclusive of VAT. Not all freelance editors, proofreaders or indexers charge VAT. Please clarify this with the individual freelancer when you obtain a quotation.

Recommended minimum rates for proofreading and editing:

Proofreading and light copy-editing:

€25–€35 per hour

Standard copy-editing:

€40 per hour

Substantive editing and fact-checking:

€40+ per hour

Readers’ reports / manuscript assessments:

€500 for 75k–100k words

Rates will be higher for specialist editing services in areas requiring professional knowledge of technical concepts, terminology or methodologies. See the FAQs for information on the distinction between proofreading, copy-editing, substantive editing, etc.

Although speeds vary, the following guidelines may be useful:

Editing

Complex:

800 words per hour

Simple:

1,600 words per hour

Proofreading

Complex:

2,000 words per hour

Simple:

4,000 words per hour

A standard manuscript page (A4) is considered to be about 250 words.

 

SOCIETY FOR EDITORS AND PROOFREADERS (SfEP) UK

Recommended Minimum Rates according to  SFEP

(http://www.sfep.org.uk/resources/suggested-minimum-rates/)

Although the negotiation of fees is obviously a matter for the individual freelance and client to resolve, the SfEP does suggest minimum hourly rates as a starting point for negotiations.

Suggested minimum rates from 1 March 2016

Type of work

Suggested minimum hourly rate

Proofreading

£22.75

Copy-editing

£26.50

Substantial editing, rewriting, development editing

£30.50

Project management

£33.00

Indexing

£23.00

 

EDITORIAL RATES (US)

(http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php)

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

Type of Work

Estimated Pace

Range of Fees

EDITING

   

Editing, basic copyediting

5-10 ms pgs/hr

$30-40/hr

Editing, heavy copyediting

2–5 ms pgs/hr

$40–50/hr

Editing, website copyediting

 

$40-50/hr

Editing, developmental

1–5 pgs/hr

$45–55/hr

Editing, substantive or line

1–6 ms pgs/hr

$40–60/hr

FACT CHECKING

 

$30-40/hr

INDEXING

8-20 pr pg/hr

$35-65/hr
$5.50-12/pr ind pg

LAYOUT

   

Layout, books

6-10 pgs/hr

$45-85/hr

Layout, newsletters

1-4 pgs/hr

$40-100/hr

Layout, websites

 

$16-20/pg

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION

 

$45-55/hr

PERMISSIONS

 

$40-50/hr

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

 

$9-30/pr pg
$40-90/hr

PROOFREADING

9-13 ms pgs/hr

$30-35/hr

RESEARCHING

 

$40-75/hr

TRANSCRIBING

variable

$2.50-$4/
audio minute

TRANSLATING

300-500 wds/hr

$40-50/hr

WEB DESIGN

 

$50-75/hr

WRITING

1-3 ms pgs/hr

 

Writing, fiction

 

$40-50/hr
20¢-25¢/wd

Writing, ghostwriting

 

$50-60/hr
26¢-50¢/wd

Writing, grants/proposals/sales/PR

 

$50-60/hr
30¢-95¢/wd

Writing, journalism

 

$40-50/hr
26¢-50¢/wd

Writing, medical

 

$60-70/hr
80¢-95¢/wd

Writing, nonspecified

 

$40-100/hr
20¢-$2/wd

Writing, technical/trade

 

$50-60/hr
45¢-55¢/wd