If you’re like me, you’ve written a novel (or are working on a novel) and felt stuck at certain points or just needed a second pair of critical eyes to help you out. For most writers, the costs of editing matters when they’re looking for an editor. And at some point we all need one so ask:
” What’s a reasonable price for having your manuscript edited?”
Below is some basic information about what I can offer. If you have any questions or want further specific info, please email MindingMyMuse@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to answer.
Besides writing this blog and publishing short stories, I’ve spent years in different writing groups and attending writing conferences and have been editing work much of the time.
I am working on my blog to share philosophies and writing tools I’ve discovered. I’ve spent five years deeply invested in the process and spent hard-earned cash on conferences and classes. I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is – not just writing about my writing experiences but helping you with yours.
Minding My Muse prides itself on professional and individualized service and is ready to help you with your book. I can help with all aspects of the writing process, from brainstorming new ideas to polishing a final draft, and from developing author websites to writing agent queries.
My main editing style is to read a piece once and enjoy it as any reader would. Then I read your piece again as a reader/writer. I take note of areas and ask questions. I share what is working for me as a reader, and I share what is not work for me as a reader. I review character, style, voice, etc., but I leave the decisions to the writer. It is your work after all – not mine. I don’t believe the most experienced novelists do everything perfectly nor would I say that all my comments will make your story amazing. I’m looking to make you a better writer, not just to correct your book’s punctuation. I provide an outside critical eye, a guide through story from a unique standpoint – reader/writer, and I present analytical feedback so that you, as the author, can make more informed decisions. Depending on your needs I can focus on certain aspects/critiques that you’re looking for and narrow my focus based on what you want. Also, if you would like, you can include a few questions that you’d like me to answer or notes on specific things you want me to look for as I read. I want to be as helpful to you as I can.
There are two ways I can edit, depending on your preferences.
1) We can do this through email. I’ll add comments/thoughts using Microsoft Word’s comments feature and email the manuscript back to you. This way is usually the most convenient.
2) If you like to have a physical piece of paper while you edit, you can mail me the manuscript. I’ll make my comments/thoughts in pencil and then send it back to you. I do ask that you provide an self-addressed stamped envelope for me to return the manuscript to you.
The industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words.
The Editorial Freelancers Association lists developmental editing from$45-55 per hour. According to the Writer’s Market, the average price of content editing is around $50.Most editors ask for around $0.02 to 0.075 per word (or $5.00 per page). According to the Writer’s Market, the average per-page rate is $7.50.
For most writers, that’s a lot of money. Can you get editing for cheaper? Probably. But you usually get what you pay for.
My rate is $1.50 per 250-word page. I give much more individualized attention, and my response time is the same if not faster. Please contact me at MindingMyMuse@gmail.com if you have further questions or would like to start work together on your story or novel!
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