Writing, Editing & Proofreading
On our About page, you may have read that Tracey has 20+ years of experience in proofreading and editing.
But, honestly? There is no way to quantify it—she’s been doing it as long as she’s known how to read and write. While this kind of work can irritate and downright frustrate a lot of people, it just comes naturally to her, and it has from the beginning. She does it as a matter of course and has to stop herself from telling people what she sees, for fear of offending, unless they ask for her help. 🙂
Which they have always done … at school … at work … at home.
Words are Tracey’s super-power.
Does this sound like you?
When do I use an em dash versus an en dash? Why not just a dash or a hyphen?
Where should I put an apostrophe? Does one really belong their … or is it ‘there’?
What the heck is an Oxford comma, and do I have to care?
Maybe grammar isn’t a problem, but you can’t figure out why your marketing copy isn’t getting a response from readers, or why that web page has such a high bounce rate … what is a bounce rate anyway?
And then there’s your book manuscript—the work you’ve spent endless hours creating. The first draft is done but you know, down in your gut, that it isn’t all it can be. You read the books and the advice from fellow authors … and you keep hearing that you need a good editor.
We could go on …
Let Tracey Help!
It’s her forté.
But, even knowing that, she may not be a good fit for you.
The relationship you form with your editor is so crucial to the final stages of your writing. No matter the credentials or experience of any editor that you find, you need to be certain that you have found the right one for you.
How can you do that? With a sample of the work.
Below, you’ll see a chart of rates, as recommended by the Canadian Editor’s Association.
The top line is ours—our sample rate, and it’s free. Yes, you read that right … 500 words, edited for free.
Following that, should you decide to hire Tracey, we’ll discuss the rate for the work that remains.
Editing Rate Guidelines
As explained on the Canadian Editor’s Association website, “if you would expect to pay an editor $60,000 a year, you should expect to pay a freelance editor about $60 an hour.”
The following table reflects that approach, though we can also negotiate a flat rate on a per project basis.
Remember, this is meant to be a guideline and, as a quick FYI, we calculate what it would cost for ten pages—to give you a rough idea of cost.
|TYPE OF WORK||PAGES/HOUR||TOTAL FEE/10 PAGES|
|SAMPLE TRIAL||FREE!||FREE! (**500 words only**)|
|Substantive, structural, stylistic (Difficult text)||1-2||$300-$600|
|Substantive, structural, stylistic (Standard text)||2-3||$200-$300|
|Copy editing (Difficult text)||2-4||$150-$300|
|Copy editing (Standard text)||4-7||$85-$150|
|Proofreading (Difficult text)||4-6||$100-$150|
|Proofreading (Standard text)||6-9||$60-$100|
Writing Rate Guidelines
Again, to reiterate, the following is meant to be a guideline only and, to give the rates some context, a total cost is calculated based on 500 words.
|TYPE OF WORK||FEE/WORD||TOTAL COST/500 WORDS|
|Blog post/Online article (Difficult text)||60¢||$300|
|Blog post/Online article (Standard text)||20¢||$100|
|Sales pages/promotional copywriting||20¢-50¢||$100-$250|
|Newsletters (Writing only)||20¢-50¢||$100-$250|
Rate Notes …
- All of the above rates are in Canadian dollars.
- At the time of writing, $60/hour Canadian converted to approximately $50/hour US.
- Rate negotiation at the time of hire is welcome—this information is offered as a guideline of what is considered fair in the current marketplace.
- Some variables to consider when determining the rate include:
- Nature of the work involved
- Time frame
- Degree of special expertise needed