Freelance Writing and Editing

Each project is different but the rates listed at the end of this section provide a guide. All projects will be discussed and specified though email and, if necessary, a free, one-hour phone consultation. Subsequent to consultation a work proposal will be drawn up along with a contract. Depending on the size of the assignment, 1/3 to 1/2 of the estimated charge will be due prior to any work being performed. Depending on the requirements of the project, estimates are subject to revision (with a potential revision to the corresponding upfront money due). Any balance due at the completion of the assignment will be invoiced and payable upon receipt unless arranged otherwise in advance.


Rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words.




Type of Work                                     Estimated Pace                                 Range of Fees




Editing, basic copyediting             5-10 ms pgs/hr                                  $30-40/hr


Editing, heavy copyediting           2–5 ms pgs/hr                                   $40–50/hr


Editing, website copyediting                                                                       $40-50/hr


Editing, developmental                 1–5 pgs/hr                                          $45–55/hr


Editing, substantive or line          1–6 ms pgs/hr                                   $40–60/hr




MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION                                                                         $45-55/hr




PROOFREADING                                9-13 ms pgs/hr                                  $30-35/hr


RESEARCHING                                                                                                  $40-75/hr




WEB DESIGN                                                                                                      $50-75/hr


WRITING                                              1-3 ms pgs/hr


Writing, fiction                                                                                                  $40-50/hr




Writing, ghostwriting                                                                                       $50-60/hr




Writing, journalism                                                                                           $40-50/hr






NOTE   ms = manuscript, pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour, wd = word


In addition to my writing background, I have professional experience in various areas of accounting, finance, corporate and individual tax, and strategic planning. Engagements that include financial modeling or otherwise heavily leverage my financial background may be subject to different rates, to be agreed in advance.


Work history and references available on request.