Rates

Madwriters will charge based on your specific project and needs, but the following list reflects our asking price. We recommend asking for a sample so you can see the type of feedback you’d get and make sure you have the right editor for you. 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.

Proofreading) – 1 cent/word

This is for manuscripts that have already gone through developmental, line, and copy-editing and just need a final check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It’s best to use a different proofreader than a copy editor so you have one extra set of eyes to ensure that your manuscript is flawless and publication-ready.

Copy-editing – 1.5 cents/word

This is proofreading plus. Your editor will check for grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors and also ensure stylistic consistency, factual accuracy, and correct formatting. This is the editing to ask for when line-editing is complete.

Developmental or content editing – 2 cents/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. This is also the service to choose if you’d like ongoing contact the support with someone who will keep you writing, assess your development, and come up with assignments or projects that will help you expand and perfect your skill.

Manuscript evaluation

Manuscript evaluations provide a high-level critique from the perspective of a published author and professor of writing. Rather than looking at the page-level or line-level pieces, an eval will assess the success of the piece as a whole and provide recommendations for making it publishable. Those rates are:

  • $50 for up to 10,000 words
  • $75 for 10 – 25,000 words;
  • $100 for 25 – 75,000 words
  • $150 for 75 – 120,000 words
  • $200 for any MS over 120,000 words

This is content editing lite: rather than focusing on everything your book or story needs, a manuscript eval offers 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 Madwriters now. Please keep in mind that the industry standard for manuscript submissions is double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12-point font. We look forward to working with you!