Rates & Terms


Editing: $50 per hour

Writing: 40–75 cents per word

Wow, isn’t that kinda high?

Not really. According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, the range for copyediting is $30 to $60 per hour and the range for writing is 20 cents to $2 per word. Also, as an independent contractor, I am responsible for my own taxes and Social Security/Medicare payments, which take a big bite out of what you pay me.


Notice and Turnaround: Quality work takes time. As a rule, I prefer at least a week’s advance notice of a project. Turnaround generally is about a week to 10 days, depending on the complexity of the project. That said, I will accommodate rush jobs on a case-by-case basis, with a 50% rush premium added to the base rate.

Contract: I require a work agreement with all new clients and for especially large projects. If I agree to work on your project, you can download my standard editorial agreement by clicking here. This is an interactive PDF, so you can complete and return it electronically.

Payment: New clients must pay a $100 deposit on their projects. The deposit is waived for returning clients in good standing. I will send you an invoice along with your completed project. If you are paying from your own funds, I accept personal checks and PayPal and expect payment within 10 days. Institutional clients, please connect me with your Accounts Payable department so I can provide tax information, if required.


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