It is often hard to put a value to creative work, and some editors face this challenge. Depending on an editor’s competence and skill, they can command fair to high rates. Rates may also be determined by the nature of the work, the project timeline for delivery, and the degree of expertise required for the project, among other things.
It is common for freelancers to set their own fees to work with independent clients. Therefore, we have presented a range of fees that editors can use as a rough guideline. It is important to note that publishers set their own standard fees to commission freelancers on projects.
How are rates calculated? In this part the continent, rates are usually calculated either per word or pages, in addition to other factors that the project entails. However, a good starting point is to know that the industry standard page count for a manuscript is 250 words.
|TYPE OF EDITING||RANGE OF FEES (₦)|
|Basic copyediting||500 – 1,000 per page|
|Heavy copyediting||1,200 – 1,800 per page|
|Developmental editing||2,000 – 2,500 per page|
|Proofreading||500 – 1,000 per page|
|Manuscript evaluation||125 – 150 per page|
|Transcribing||10,000 – 25,000 per hour|
|Ghostwriting||5,000 – 10,000 per page|
|Indexing||500 – 1,000 per page|