Why do I not post a fee schedule here? Every manuscript, just like every author, is different. If no two authors write alike, there cannot be a one-size-fits-all fee for editing. The level of editing needed, and thus the amount of time spent editing, varies with each project. Some clients prefer to pay page rates or project fees instead of hourly rates. Therefore, fees are negotiated for each project, depending on level of editing, project parameters, and project time frame. (However, you can get an idea of the range of fees charged for editing in the publishing industry by following many of the links on this page. Also, see this blog post for a discussion of several methods for structuring editing fees.)
Note: In all fee negotiations, 1 manuscript page is defined as 250 words; physical pagination is irrelevant.
I cannot determine the cost of editing for a project without having the opportunity to assess the manuscript regarding subject matter, quality of writing, complexity, length, and the level of editing needed versus the level of editing desired by the client. I will also need to know how many rounds of editing are desired, what the project deadlines are, and what the manuscripts target audience is.
For large projects, I may require periodic partial fee payments to be made during the editing process. Many times, a down payment of one-third to one-half of large project fees is required. Rush projects are accepted when possible, but they incur higher fees than nonrush jobs do.
All fee quotes are valid for 30 days; I reserve the right to revise a quote if you take more than 30 days to decide to go ahead with the project. If the size, scope, or nature of the project changes after a quote has been accepted, a revised fee may be negotiated.
Payment is accepted electronically via PayPal or in the form of bank wire transfers, business checks, or bank cashier's checks; personal checks are not generally accepted. Please note that if you pay using a bank wire transfer, your bank will charge you a fee for doing so. You will have to request bank account details from me for your bank to be able to complete the wire transfer. Late payment of a KOK Edit invoice may result in an additional fee of 15% of the original invoice amount.