Ever wonder how much editing costs? The cost of editing is by far the question authors ask me about most often. I feel a little like I’m giving away a trade secret by talking about this, but in reality, the average cost of editing can be found on many sites, and it’s almost impossible to predict because (as you’ll soon see) there are so many variables to consider. If you are interested in how editing costing works, read on!
Most editors that I’ve met price a project based on four factors:
I’m often surprised by how much confusion there is around editing in the world of writers. Not only is there occasionally animosity between writers and editors (editors make suggestions to change our work, after all), but there also seems to be a distinct lack of clarity when it comes to exactly what it is that editors DO.
It used to be that writers encountered editors once their book was accepted at a publishing house. These editors either worked for the publishing company, or were freelancers contracted by the publishing company to prepare the manuscript for publication.
Now, with the proliferation of eBooks and self-publishing options, more and more writers are being given the opportunity to find their own editors. Some writers even hire editors to help improve their manuscript before they start sending it to agents and publishers.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been editing (and editing, and editing, and editing) two short stories that I plan to submit to a journal. For my final two passes this week I focused exclusively on polishing my grammar and punctuation to perfection, and discovered something strange: I go through punctuation phases.
Does this happen to you too? I’ve come across great chunks of my writing where I overuse various punctuation marks with alarming regularity (most recently parentheses have been problematic). The writing I edited from a few weeks ago was rife with em dashes. I am a punctuation addict!
One punctuation mark that I very rarely overuse just happens to be my favourite punctuation mark of all: the mighty semicolon.