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Monday, July 7, 2008

Advertisment and Freelance Writing Rates

For editing services, I offer two separate rates, each of which average

out to be, approximately, same overall cost.

I would suggest a page rate for pieces under three pages such as web

copy, newsletters, etc.

Hourly rates are more geared toward, newspaper and/or magazine

articles at or above 750 words, short stories or novel manuscripts.

However, this is only a suggestion, and ultimately the client’s preference.

Hourly rates coincide with the page rate’s criteria, and depend upon the

complexity of the project at hand.

For a more detailed quote, please submit a 500-word sample of your work

indicative of your writing style. Please select a section that represents you,

the author, throughout the entire document for the most accurate assessment.

Hourly Rate

Copy-editing, basic 5–10 ms pgs/hr $25–40/hr

Copy-editing, heavy 2–5 ms pgs/hr $35–50/hr

Substantive line editing 1–6 ms pgs/hr $40–65/hr

Page Rate

  • The editing industry standard for a “page” is 250 words.

  • Divide your total word count by 250 to determine your costs.

  • All quoted rates include those hard copy manuscripts or those sent as

a file and written in MS Word.

  • PDF documents require higher rates due to the complicated editing tools


  • All quotes are in U.S. currency.

Express Proofreading

Express Proofreading applies to works already polished, yet in need of a final

read to seek out minor errors.

  • $2.00/page when marking hard copy

  • $1.95/page for corrected file copy

Basic Proofreading

Proofing of:

  • spelling errors

  • typos

  • inaccurate punctuation

  • oversights in capitalization

  • $2.95/page when marking hard copy

  • $2.50/page for corrected file copy

Extended Proofreading / Line-by-Line Copy-editing

Includes Basic Proofreading plus:

  • Inconsistencies of Narrative Voice

  • Revision of inconsistent or inadequate grammar
  • Context, Formatting and Structure Proofing
  • Word Choice
  • Grammatical Mechanics
  • Redundancies
  • Clarity
  • Overall Sense Compatibility

  • $7.50/page for corrected file copy

  • $7.95/page when marking hard copy

Substantive Editing / Rewriting

Complete overhaul--in need of extensive revisions

Includes all services above, as well as the following:

  • Line-by-line in depth review

  • One-on-one communication between author and editor

  • Highlighting of questionable text

  • Suggestions for rewording

  • Clarification comments or questions

  • Written directly into/onto manuscript for easier reference
  • Proofing of revised copy

  • $12.00/page when marking hard copy

  • $10.00/page for corrected file copy

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Angela McCoy is a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom (WAHM) to four boys with special needs. Her writing encompasses a myriad of topics -- Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cystinosis, Fanconi's Syndrome, kidney transplant, and more -- influenced by her two teenagers and seven-year-old twins. She considers writing to be therapeutic and utilizes her skills to counsel and inspire her readers. Angela is a quick-witted, 'no holds barred,' tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

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