I charge per 1,000 words, not per hour. This is straightforward to calculate, seems a fairer method, and informs the client from the outset of how much the editing will cost.
My fees are as follows:
For structural editing and copy-editing combined, a flat fee of £10.00 per 1,000 words. This fee includes all correspondence with the client (mainly via email), and associated documentation.
A one-off charge for printing the manuscript for my editing copy. This is calculated at the time, based on the number of pages to print.
For any ad hoc work required as part of a self-publishing project, such as typesetting/proofreading checks, and user account setup/publishing assistance, I charge £10.00 per hour.
Fees for cover design, typesetting, and proofreading are set by the relevant individual carrying out the service.
A note about royalties: A royalty is a payment made to an author for every copy of their book sold. Once a client's book is self-published and available to buy, royalties from the sale of that book go directly to the author; I do not take a percentage.
For information: a guide to fees is set by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). This guide is regularly updated and reflects rates for jobs as submitted by freelance workers. These rates are then used by other freelancers to help set their own fees. The guide covers all kinds of journalistic media (from broadcasting to translation services), to include print media. See NUJ’s Freelance Fees Guide for details. The fees shown are per hour.
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