Calculate Your Cost

Due to the varied nature of editing and the high level of interaction between the writer and editor, an exact quote cannot be given before communication between the writer and editor has taken place. However, the following levels and rates can provide you with an approximate quote for your project. Quotes depend on two main factors: the level of editing you require and the total word count of the project. To receive a quote, contact the editor using the Contact the Editor form with a brief description of your project. You’ll receive a reply within 2 business days, at which time you’ll also be asked to provide a few pages of your project (or a sketch of your idea, if your project is in its very early stages) to give the editor an idea of the level of editing you require.

Poignant Pen offers three levels of editing: developmental/intensive editing, intermediate copyediting, and basic proofreading. Note that for all levels of editing, the industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words. Also please remember that the fees and calculations provided here are rough estimates. To receive an individualized quote, contact the editor using the Contact the Editor form with a brief description of your project.

Basic Proofreading

Basic proofreading is called for when the writer is in the final stages of the project and has a nearly final draft that has been self-edited. (Having a few test readers give you their honest feedback is always a good idea, too.) Proofreading is mainly concerned with correcting grammar and punctuation rather than working through character development or rewriting entire scenes to deepen their emotional impact. In short, these projects need a final polish.

Basic proofreading assumes an editing rate of 2,000 words per hour and a fee of $35 per hour. To get a rough calculation of your project cost, divide the number of total words by 2,000 and multiply that by 35. For example, a novel or non-fiction project with 50,000 words would be approximately $875.

Intermediate Copyediting

In the case of a project needing intermediate copyediting, the writer has a well-thought-out structure/concept and has written a first or second draft but still needs line-by-line editing and feedback. This level of editing provides deeper insight into the flow and rhythm of a project and may lead to the writer reassessing specific scenes/sections and reworking them to clarify the impact of the overall work.

Intermediate copyediting assumes an editing rate of 1,200 words per hour and a fee of $45 per hour. To get a rough calculation of your project cost, divide the number of total words by 1,200 and multiply that by 45. For example, a novel or non-fiction project with 50,000 words would be approximately $1890.

Developmental/Intensive Editing

Developmental/intensive editing is required when a writer is the conceptual stages of the project. In this case, the writer has a very rough first draft and needs assistance with the basic foundations of the project, from developing a concrete structure/message (in the case of non-fiction) to building strong characters and creating a rich, impactful plot that will grab readers’ attention (in the case of fiction). If you want to write a book and are just starting to collect your ideas and explore publishing possibilities, see Book Coaching Services.

Developmental/intensive editing assumes an editing rate of 750 words per hour and a fee of $50 per hour. To get a rough calculation of your project cost, divide the number of total words by 750 and multiply that by 50. For example, a novel or non-fiction project with 50,000 words would be approximately $3350.