Editing Prices

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it’s your organisation’s reputation on the line, an in-depth edit can save you a lot of pain in the long run. But even a simple proofread is worth the price, especially when it saves you from having your ‘pubic policy’ splashed all over the internet (real example!). No matter what your budget, I have an editing service to suit your needs.

Here are some things to consider before requesting a quote.

Step 1: Select your project type

Whether it’s for a single document or ongoing content production, I have an option to suit you.

Examples: Annual reports, user manuals, marketing catalogues, website copy

How it works: When you request a quote [link: Quote form], you’ll fill in a briefing template with details of your project, editing needs and deadlines. I’ll quote you a single amount for the full project. Projects over $500 are payable in two equal instalments – on commencement and completion – and projects under $500 are payable upfront in full.

Examples: Regular blog posts, monthly reports

How it works: Your organisation purchases a certain amount of my time on a regular basis (e.g. 4 hours per week), and you then provide me with tasks to do before each session. The minimum retainer period is 2 months. The advantages of a retainer are:

  • Discount on my regular rate
  • Guaranteed availability
  • Task-by-task basis – you don’t necessarily have to have the full project mapped out at the start (although it helps!)

If you’re a content agency looking to subcontract an editor on a major project (e.g. website redesign) please contact me [link: Contact form] to discuss your needs.

Step 2: Select your editing requirements

Scope of work is closely related to budget – if your budget is limited, we can discuss how to adjust the scope to best suit your needs. My services page has a detailed explanation of editing types.

This is the most expensive type of editing because it’s the most time-consuming, but it’s also the option that gives the most value in terms of in-depth checking and analysis.

This is a good middle ground for the budget-conscious. While it doesn’t go into the same depth as a substantive edit, it gives you a thorough check of all the components of writing to ensure your message is clear, easily understood, and appropriate for your audience.

Proofreading is the quickest type of editing, and therefore the cheapest. Proofreading will only check for spelling, grammar, punctuation and typos. This may suit you if:

  • your document has already been edited by a different editor (getting a second set of eyes is always a good thing) or
  • your budget doesn’t allow for more substantial editing.

Formatting costs are highly variable, depending on what’s required and its complexity. Formatting can also be combined into a single quote with another type of editing.

The cost of writing supporting materials will vary depending on the required length, the amount of research required, and the deadline. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

Step 3: Request a quote

Request a quote for bespoke editing services that suit your needs and price point.