Editing & Writing Services

I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and 30+ years of experience as an editor and writer. My editing, proofreading and ghostwriting rates are separate from my VA rates. To view my VA services and rates, click here.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to make your copy awesome! I edit to AP style unless otherwise instructed. A deposit of 50 percent for by-the-word jobs or $130 for by-the-hour jobs is due upon my acceptance of the assignment (before I begin work), and the balance is due upon completion. For technical/trade editing or proofreading (including but not limited to: medical, legal or industry-specific terminology or knowledge), add a flat $50 to each assignment.

If I discover any major issues with your copy as I’m editing, I will discuss them with you before I proceed.

PER-WORD RATES

COPY EDITING

per-word rates
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  • 20,000 words & under - $347
  • 20,001 to 40,000 words - $437
  • 40,001 to 60,000 words - $527
  • 60,001 to 80,000 words - $617
  • 80,001 to 100,000 words - $707
  • 100,001 to 120,000 words - $797
  • 120,001 to 140,000 words - $887
  • 140,000+ words - request quote

PROOFREADING

per-word rates
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  • 20,000 words & under - $227
  • 20,001 to 40,000 words - $317
  • 40,001 to 60,000 words - $407
  • 60,001 to 80,000 words - $497
  • 80,001 to 100,000 words - $587
  • 100,001 to 120,000 words - $677
  • 120,001 to 140,000 words - $767
  • 140,000+ words - request quote

GHOSTWRITING

per-word rates
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  • 20,000 words and under - $434
  • 20,001 to 40,000 words - $547
  • 40,001 to 60,000 words - $659
  • 60,001 to 80,000 words - $772
  • 80,001 to 1000,000 words - $884
  • 100,001 to 120,000 words - $997
  • 120,001 to 140,000 words - $1,109
  • 140,000+ words - request quote

PER-HOUR RATES

If you prefer an hourly rate: I charge $65/hour for copy editing, $40/hour for proofreading and $75/hour for ghostwriting. (Ghostwriting — where I remain anonymous to your readers — is different from copywriting, which is part of my VA services.) At the end of any editing, proofreading or writing assignment, I’ll adjust your bill to the lower rate (hourly or by the word) to save you money. We also can discuss a retainer if you prefer to hire me by the month for ongoing assignments. Monthly hours expire at the end of each 30-day period you’ve hired me for.