My pricing is based on industry standard rates. PayPal is the preferred method of payment. A 50% deposit is required to schedule a project on my editorial calendar and initiate our partnership of working together. Typically, I am scheduled out two to three months in advance. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Content Editing (Developmental/Substantive Editing)
A content edit focuses on the “big picture” of a manuscript. It may involve reworking and reorganizing the manuscript and rewriting text. A content edit begins at $.04 per word.
A content edit includes:
- identifying problems with overall clarity or accuracy
- evaluating the order in which the text is presented and recommends ways to reorganize
- identifying gaps in content
- analyzing sentences for structure/syntax
- suggesting or providing clearer explanations, anecdotes, analogies, or illustrations
- proposing additions or deletions of headings
- seeking to achieve clarity of subject, logic, and consistency.
- checking for:
- readability and flow of information
- structural difficulties
- stylistic troubles
- sentence structure and rhythm
- cloudy explanations
- vague assumptions
- faulty logic
- errors of fact
- inconsistencies in information
- poor examples and analogies
- outdated content
- content that doesn’t adhere to the theme, tone, or marketing focus of the manuscript
Copyediting (Line-by-Line Editing)
Copyediting does not include content editing or rewriting, but it covers a broad range of corrections and suggestions. Copyediting begins at $.02 per word.
A copyedit includes:
- making sure material is logical and understandable
- correcting continuity problems
- making sure sources are cited for all statistics and quotations
- flagging inaccuracies and inconsistencies
- checking for redundancies
- clarifying sentences
- reviewing word choice
- checking maintenance of tone/voice
- reviewing for consistency of style and mood or presentation of content
- cross-checking references, figures, tables, equations, etc. (nonfiction)
- pointing out items that may require permission from the copyright holder
Proofreading is the last edit a manuscript goes through. A content edit and typically two rounds of copyediting occur before a manuscript is ready for proofreading. A proofreading will not be available to clients unless I have also performed a copyedit of the manuscript. Proofreading is charged at $.01 per word.
A proofread includes reviewing and correcting:
- typographical errors
- misspelled words (including incorrect word usage)
- grammatical problems (including verb tenses and syntax)
- punctuation mistakes (including proper abbreviations and capitalization)
- inconsistent format
- letter or sentence spacing errors
- specialized terms, character names, location references, etc.
- numerical and alphabetical sequences
- vertical and horizontal alignment of set-off text (including paragraph indents)
- references to illustrations, tables, and figures within the text
A critique includes a broad overall assessment of the manuscript. It is a review of manuscript to access readiness and marketability of your project, with specific comments about problems and assets of the concept/idea and manuscript.
Pricing for critiques are:
- Sample Chapters (first 50 pages only): $250
- Full Manuscript (up to 50,000 words only): $1,000
- Manuscripts over 50,000 words will be charged an additional $100 per 10,000 words.
Book proposals are my specialty! A book proposal is a necessity if you plan to publish traditional and are submitting to a literary agent or publishing house. The Proposal Packages includes:
- Includes two rounds of editing of a book proposal (nonfiction only).
- Fee includes a 1/2-hour consultation session via e-mail, phone, or video service.
- Pricing is $400 (does not include sample chapters).
- Sample Chapters (3 chapters/up to 50 pages) is charged at an additional $250.
- Providing action steps to develop your knowledge of industry and your craft of writing
- Reviewing your website/blog for marketability
- Preparing your manuscript into industry-standard acceptable format
- Editing your manuscript (substantive editing)
- Researching literary agents and publishing houses, including submission guidelines
- Developing a “submission plan” for manuscript
- Assisting you in obtaining professional headshots for publicity
- Determining marketing plan
- Writing, editing, formatting of query letters and submission packets
If you are just starting out as a freelance editor, you may be wondering exactly what goes into editing a manuscript and running your own business. Christi McGuire will teach the “tricks of the trade” on how to set up the business aspects of editing as well as reviewing the basics of nonfiction editing, including:
- How to charge: hourly, per word, per page, or flat rate
- How to schedule out new projects
- How long will editing a manuscript take
- How to know what to specialize in
- How to create contracts for clients
- How to keep track of client info
- What resources are needed (books, courses, etc.)
- How to format a manuscript
- How to edit nonfiction content
- How to look for special elements of nonfiction
- How to differentiate between nonfiction genres
- How to avoid the top ten writing mistakes in nonfiction
If you are interested in coaching services, please contact Christi for individual pricing.