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Editorial Rates

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.

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