One of the biggest frustrations writers face, is the fact that nobody seems to be able to provide a simple answer to their question: What are the average copy editing rates per 1000 words? Instead, when you email an editor to ask for a quote, they ask many questions:
- How long is your manuscript?
- What type of editing do you require?
- Can you provide a few chapters for me to assess?
It’s highly unlikely that two editors will provide the same book editing prices. Some editors provide freelance editing copy editing rates per 1000 words, while others charge by the hour. Yet others provide per-project book editing rates based on the specific editing service provided. So how do you go about finding the book editor who suits your needs and your budget?
The best way to assess editors, is to consider the following questions:
1. What type of editing do you require?
Your vision for your book will determine the level of work your manuscript requires. To get a clear view on the type of editing you will be needing, consider:
- What is my vision for my book?
- How close is my current work to my desired outcome?
Then, consider the different types of editing:
Looking at the elements included in each package, you will see that the more work a manuscript requires, the higher the book editing services prices will be.
Likewise, a complex book with many citations, complex technical information and plagiarism checking will fetch higher book editing rates than a simpler manuscript.
2. What is your total word count?
As mentioned earlier, editors may charge per word, per page, or on a per-project basis (which is a simplified combination of the two). The longer your book – or the higher the word count – the higher the book editing price. Why? It’s simple. Your editor will have to spend double the amount of time on a 200k books than he or she will on a 100k book. There are no “bulk discounts” because you have more words, or follow up books, because time is money.
The wordcount is crucial in book editing price quotes, yet we receive inquiries every week to the effect of “I’m going to write a book but I want to know how much editing will cost first.”
Here’s the thing… You can’t write a powerful book if you’re trying to keep within a certain word limit. By all means, have a broad target, but if you have valid points to make, and you cut out vital information, your readability will be affected and you will not achieve your desired outcome.
Therefore, it is best to let your potential editors know your FINAL wordcount in order to provide an accurate estimate. If you want to save money on book editor costs, check out this FREE resource or learn how to go from blank page to best-seller in just 90 days.
3. What’s your time frame?
Professional, decent copyediting takes time. There’s a process involved in doing it right. Therefore, if you expect a short turn-around time, you must expect to pay more for the editor to allow you to jump the queue.
But how long does editing take? It really depends on the editor’s workload at the time of accepting your order, and the level of editing your book requires. She may tell you that if you order in the next three days, your 100k book can be completed in three to four weeks… But if you only order in ten days – when she’s received more orders – you may have to wait longer, or you may have to pay a premium to jump to the front of the queue.
4. How experienced a writer are you?
Is this your first manuscript, or have you published several books?
A professional book editor has the experience to assess – from an excerpt of your manuscript – how much help you will need. Less experienced writers will naturally need more help than those who are more experienced.
The right editor is one who will help you grow your skill as a writer. That’s why you should consider her an investment not only in the success of your book, but also that of yourself as a writer.
5. What do you expect to pay for copy editing rates per 1000 words?
Sadly, for most people, their budget will determine which editor they hire, but that’s not the best strategy. Instead, consider your needs and collect estimates from your top three editors you can trust before considering your budget.
But There’s More to Book Editing Services Prices Than That…
We can’t leave this here. There’s something else you should consider when you’re looking for book editing rates.
- Yes, you need editing – or at least proofreading. Beta reading will not be sufficient.
- Yes, you need to be able to afford editing costs.
But hiring the cheapest editor is not always the right idea – you need a manuscript magician who balances value with skill. Have you ever bought a second hand car and it was a lemon? I once did, and I have lived to regret it. I have also read several books by best-selling, big name authors this year alone that were full of errors that a good editor should have picked up on. I read sentences that changed the entire meaning of a chapter, just because those respected authors (who make a fortune in royalties from their books, TV-rights and movies) were too cheap to pay decent copy editing rates per 1000 words.
Don’t let your readers lose respect for you because you’re unwilling to pay more than $1 in copy editing rates per 1000 words. Get in touch with The Editing Queen and let us discuss how we can make it work for you.