What is a reasonable amount to pay for editing work?
- For proofreading and copy-editing, in 2013 it ranges from about $25-$50/hour.
- For content editing and developmental editing, it would be higher than copy-editing – in the range of $35-$60/hour and more. Since this may become exorbitant for a long project, author/editor may come up with a mutually acceptable fee for the whole project.
- The Julia Temlyn article clarifies different levels of editing involvement
FREE editing consultation
Editors and clients may want to set up a free editing consultation. The client sends the editor a 2-4 page (500-1,000 word) sample of their work and you both go from there, determining client needs and customizing rates that work for the project. If the client’s work is very short, other arrangements can be made.
Each author is responsible for negotiating fees and tasks to be done by their SRP editor/designer. The author is advised to create a clear written agreement with the editor/designer and then resolve shortfalls, if any, with the editor/designer concerned. SRP has no legal involvement and no legal agreement with the SRP associates and authors. All SRP associates are independent freelance professionals, paid direct by the authors, not by SRP.
The editor/designer is responsible for negotiating with the author about fees and tasks to be done. As part of this process, the editor/designer is advised to create a clear written agreement with the author, spelling out tasks to be done and the agreed-on fee structure. Resolve shortfalls, if any, with the author concerned. SRP has no legal involvement and no legal agreement with SRP associates and authors. All SRP associates are independent freelance professionals, paid direct by the authors, not by SRP.
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