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message 1: by Alex (last edited Feb 05, 2017 12:25AM) (new)

Alex (asato) To figure out more about what an editor can do for you, the different kinds of editing, and for links to editor listings, check out the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (est. 1965 and runs the Nebular awards). they have a really good article: it has a whole slew of articles. you should also check out the Editorial Freelancers Association, They actually list the common rates (which are for professional editors):
Updated: July 2015

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

Type of Work Estimated Pace Range of Fees
Editing, basic copyediting 5-10 ms pgs/hr $30-40/hr
Editing, heavy copyediting 2–5 ms pgs/hr $40–50/hr
Editing, website copyediting $40-50/hr
Editing, developmental 1–5 pgs/hr $45–55/hr
Editing, substantive or line 1–6 ms pgs/hr $40–60/hr
For example, basic copyediting at the least expensive rate is $30 /(10ms pgs * 250 words per page) = 0.012 cents per word

you might also want to check out Jane Friedman's blog ( She was the publisher for Writer's Digest. here's an excellent article:

Should You Hire a Professional Editor?
Posted on November 10, 2016

message 2: by Graeme (new)

Graeme Rodaughan | 7211 comments Hi Alex,

Great post. Wonderful resources.

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