Madwriters will charge based on your specific project and needs, but the following list reflects my asking price. I recommend asking for a sample so you can see the type of feedback you’d get and make sure I’m the right editor for you. My contracts, rates, and editorial guidelines are in line with national professional organizations like the Editorial Freelancer’s Association (EFA) and National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), who follow industry standards.

Copy-editing (proofreading) – 1 cent/word

This is for manuscripts that have already gone through developmental or line editing and just need a check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, stylistic consistency, and correct formatting. This level of editing will make your manuscript publication-ready.

Developmental or content editing – 1 cent/word

Developmental editing looks at the high-level aspects of your MS. For fiction and creative nonfiction, it entails looking at plot, character development, scene, conflict and tension, dialogue, theme, and language. For other nonfiction, developmental editing looks for appropriate support for research, use of sources, structure, message, and language. This is your editing need if you’re in the early stages of developing a book and want to make sure that all the important story elements are in place.

Line editing – 2 cents/word

Line-editing pays attention to every paragraph, every sentence, and every line to make sure the language is clean, strong, clear, tight, stylistically coherent, and readable. This is the level of editing to choose if you feel like the story is in place but you need help with your prose and want to make a MS publication-ready.

Short projects – $25/page

Get professional feedback on your personal statement, query letter, synopsis, book proposal, website text, grant application, or jacket copy. Please note: for billing purposes, a page is considered the industry standard of approximately 250 words.


Writing coach/mentor and personalized writing instruction – $30/hr

This level of editing will involve discussion to get your project where it needs to be. This is the service to choose if you have gotten stuck, are struggling to finish a piece, or just don’t know where you’re going with something you’ve started.

Manuscript evaluation

In manuscript evaluations, I provide a high-level critique from the perspective of a published author and professor of writing, providing recommendations for how you might improve your piece. Those rates are:

  • $50 for up to 20,000 words
  • $75 for 20 – 50,000 words;
  • $100 for 50 – 100,000 words
  • $150 for any MS over 100,000 words

This is content editing lite: rather than focusing on everything your book or story needs, I offer high-level, creative-writing-workshop-level guidance about what to focus on and what to change.


For more information, or to discuss a project, e-mail misty@<thissite>.net, or use the contact form below. Please keep in mind that the industry standard for manuscript submissions is double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12-point font. I look forward to working with you!