Editing & Writing Services

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to make your copy awesome! I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and 30+ years of experience as an editor and writer.

I edit to Associated Press style or Chicago Manual of Style — your choice. For by-the-word jobs, a 50 percent deposit 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.

My editing, proofreading and ghostwriting rates are separate from my VA rates. (Ghostwriting — where I remain anonymous to your readers — is different from copywriting, which is part of my VA services.) To view my VA services and rates, click here

If you prefer to hire me on retainer, we can set up a package based on 10, 15 or 20 hours per month, with discounts for the 15- and 20-hour packages. (See those rates below the per-word table.)

PER-WORD RATES

COPY EDITING

per-word rates
(see per-month rates below this)
  • 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
(see per-hour rates below this chart)
  • 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
(see per-hour rates below this chart)
  • 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

MONTHLY PACKAGES

Retainer packages are paid upfront and expire one month after the date you hire me. Additional hours will be charged at the hourly rate (see chart below), or you may upgrade to the next pricing tier.

COPY EDITING

per-month retainer
(based on $65/hour)
  • 10 hours - $650
  • 15 hours - $900
  • 20 hours - $1,170 (best value)

PROOFREADING

per-month retainer
(based on $40/hour)
  • 10 hours - $400
  • 15 hours - $555
  • 20 hours - $720 (best value)

GHOSTWRITING

per-month retainer
(based on $75/hour)
  • 10 hours - $750
  • 15 hours - $1,040
  • 20 hours - $1,350 (best value)