I have two editors. One on the West Coast (North America), one in South Africa. I seldom have more than $200-$250 to spend on editing any of my books. I tell them this upfront. I ask first - tell them the word-count, and my budget. By now, they know it's never higher than $250. In return, they're honest with me as well. They'll say when they're free to do my job - and if they can schedule me in. Reciprocal respect and honesty work well for me.anotherpage said:That's only worth it if you can make the money back. You can find good editors who will do it for around $200 to $300. They are rare but they do exist ( ex-teachers, ex-editors) Folks who have lots of time on their hands because they are retired vs a youngster who needs the money to pay their mortgage.
Also bear in mind. Some of these folks who say they are proofreaders are just tossing your manuscript through software then charging you $X. Software might find some errors but it won't find them all, and some it finds are incorrect.
Lucky! That would have saved me $400 per book.notjohn said:I married mine.
I disagree. Some of you are posting your proofreading rates and your prices are almost as high as your own rates for copyediting. Most people with a 100k+ word novel who just paid a thousand dollars for a decent copyedit and have a clean book aren't going to want to pay another thousand for a proofreader who will probably only find a handful of typos and homonyms.InfinitiveEditing said:My rate is $0.008/word for proofreading, but it definitely varies.
For those concerned about the quality they're getting, I would say that most who charge in the realm of $0.002-0.005/word are probably not putting in the time and effort necessary to do a good job (that, or they're willing to accept a very low hourly wage).