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Critique Fees (Developmental Editing):

October 2016

For the first time in 20 years, we are changing our fee structure to better reflect the Editorial Freelancers Association guidelines http://the-efa.org/res/rates.php.

If, however, you have a current quote from us on your project, that quote remains valid. These new rates apply only to new projects.

For many years, we've offered the option for a critique from a second author at a reduced price...this has been a very popular feature, and we'll continue to offer this service; however, we've had to raise the fee for this service in order to keep up with demand.

All listed fees are for one critique from one author (please specify which author you prefer -- see BIOS for individual writing backgrounds); for a second critique, add 70% to the fee for one critique, and both Marian and Wayne will read and evaluate your manuscript.

Note that critiques usually run from 2-3 pages for short stories/poetry and up to 20 pages for books. The comments will include aspects of plot, story, character, theme, etc., as well as issues with organization/structure and consistent grammar/punctuation errors.

 

• Short stories, articles, essays, chapters - $50.00 per hour

3-5 pages per hour

This is for “developmental editing,” which includes a critique (manuscript evaluation) and some notes on grammar/punctuation problems

 

• Novella, books - $50. per hour

3-5 pages per hour

This is for “developmental editing,” which includes a critique (manuscript evaluation) and some notes on grammar/punctuation problems

 

• Novels, books - $50.00 per hour for the first 250 pages

$35.00 pr hour for pages after 250 pages

3-5 pages per hour

This is for “developmental editing,” which includes a critique (manuscript evaluation) and some notes on grammar/punctuation problems

 

Poetry:

An evaluation of a poem is generally a combination of critique and editorial suggestions; note that Marian Blue only provides poetry critiques:$25.00 per 50 lines of poetry — one poem

$25.00 is the minimum fee and applies to very short poems as well (such as haiku)

--For chapbooks and books of poetry, book rates above apply, but this does NOT include individual critiques on every poem.

 

Line-by-line editing; because line-by-line editing involves extensive on-the-page editorial comments, only Marian Blue provides this service:basic, light copyediting: $35 per hour

5-10 pages per hour

This includes no revision, nor does it include a general critique

heavy copyediting: $45.00 per hour

2-5 pages per hour

Some revision suggestions may be included

 

Book Layout/Design

$55.00 per hour

5-10 pages per hour

This involves placing your manuscript into InDesign for publication (usually for POD)

Design issues (formatting you prefer) will be discussed with you, no charge

We currently use InDesign4, utilized by companies such as IngramSpark

 

Conversion to ePub

$50.00 per hour

15-20 pages per hour

Because we use ePub 3, from InDesign, your book must first be formatted into InDesign before we can convert it

 

Book Proposal (letter and outline): $50.00 per hourIt's best to contact us to discuss the individual requirements you have according to your book and market.Tip: Evaluate publisher/agent guidelines and create a proposal based on those guidelines before submitting it to us (and let us know what those guidelines are). There is no "one-size-fits-all" query.

This can range from 2-20 hours depending on how much work you’ve done to organize your material.

 

 

 

* Rates apply to each manuscript; several short works may not be submitted for the minimum rate.

** Except for poetry, "page" refers to double-spaced typed manuscript page of approximately 275 words.

 Questions? Don't hesitate to ask us.

 


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