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FAQ

This page provides answers to the questions:

  1. What are your rates?

  2. My manuscript/business project has X amount of words. How long would it take you to copyedit/proofread it?

  3. Do you offer a free sample edit for large projects, such as a manuscript?

  4. Which file formats do you accept?

 

1. What are your rates?

For short projects, I charge by the hour, and my rates are listed on the "Services" page of this website.

 

For large projects, such as a manuscript, clients can choose between my hourly rate and a project rate. Contact me for more information about my project rates.

2. My manuscript/business project has X amount of words. How long would it take you to copyedit/proofread it?

 

According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, the median pace of work for copyediting is 4–10 pages per hour, and the median pace of work for proofreading is 7–15 pages per hour. Both assume 250 words per page. 

 

If you use the numbers above to do the math for your project, you'll come up with a wide range. The total time needed for your text will also depend on how much work the writing requires. Below are some steps that can help you improve the quality of your writing:

All types of content:

  • Self-edit a few times.

Manuscripts:

  • Enlist some beta readers.

  • Hire at least one big-picture editor (e.g., developmental editor, content/line editor) to review your text prior to sending it to a copy editor or proofreader for the nitty-gritty.

3. Do you offer a free sample edit for large projects, such as a manuscript?

Yes! I believe this serves two important purposes:

  1. It allows you to see my work before you commit.

  2. If you prefer an hourly rate over a project rate, it helps me ballpark a time estimate for your project.

To request a sample edit, please reach out so we can discuss your large project. If there's a fit, I'll then request that you email me your entire document, tell me which 5–6 pages you'd like me to edit, and let me know which service you'd like me to provide. I'll copyedit or proofread those sample pages while timing myself. That will give us a better idea of how long the entire project will take—although this is not a perfect measurement, it can certainly give a good rough estimate.

You are not obligated to book me if I perform a sample edit, but I do ask that you request one only if you are seriously considering my services.

4. Which file formats do you accept?

 

Most of my clients send me their text in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, and I make tracked suggestions. I also accept PDFs; however, editing a PDF is a slower process.

If you prefer a different format (e.g., Scrivener), please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

For additional questions, please email me at meghan@meghanlafferty.com.