Friday, March 1, 2013

If you're a writer, I can help

When writers contact me, they usually ask two questions: How much do you charge? And do you edit my kind of writing?

First, the charge. If it's long (novel, non-fiction book, academic dissertation), I charge one cent a word. I cut a doctoral candidate some slack, but normally that's the charge.

Everything else, I charge by the editing project or $25 an hour. I prefer not to charge by the hour unless the client insists. I'd rather do a great job than worry about time. Proofreading is $15 an hour or a half-cent a word.

Second, do I edit your kind of writing? Almost certainly. I've edited a doctoral dissertation. I've turned British books into something for a U.S. market. I've edited non-fiction and fiction books about spirituality, non-fiction self-help books, and an ebook about hand and foot care.

I've edited and proofread novels and non-fiction books. I've edited for a Canadian student, a lawyer from Virginia, a restaurateur in North Carolina, a bookseller from Virginia, and businessmen from Australia.

And that's just a tip of the iceberg. I've edited lots of newspaper stories, and I've written comic-book scripts, four non-fiction books, more than a hundred magazine articles and thousands of newspaper stories.

I've re-written web sites, and I'm looking to ghostwrite books and more.

If you have questions, just ask. I suspect I can help.

Contact: I can be reached at or Also, my Twitter handle is EDITORatWORK.

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