Updated: July 2015Common 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 FeesEDITING Editing, basic copyediting 5-10 ms pgs/hr $30-40/hrEditing, heavy copyediting 2–5 ms pgs/hr $40–50/hrEditing, website copyediting $40-50/hrEditing, developmental 1–5 pgs/hr $45–55/hrEditing, substantive or line 1–6 ms pgs/hr $40–60/hr
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