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My prices are based on word count. At any time during the process, we may adjust the price depending on how much work we are doing or if the word count is significantly increased for any reason.
To obtain an accurate quote, I ask for a seven to ten-page sample, preferably from somewhere in the middle of the manuscript. This sample allows me to show you how I do things, and I can gauge the amount of work I believe needs to be done.
Please note: sample edits are copyrighted and modifications are the sole property of Gathering Leaves until my work is appropriately compensated. Please do not attempt to use my edits without my express written permission or until we have entered a formal editorial agreement, either through payment of invoice or signed contract.
Payments are requested through Zoho invoice (Paypal/credit card/echeck), and I ask for a 50% deposit at the time of booking and the remaining 50% upon completion of the manuscript. The deposit holds your place on my calendar and provides a good faith promise to both of us. If the project is cancelled and I have completed more than 50%, I will prorate the remaining fee owed according to any work I have completed up until that point. Deposits are nonrefundable. You may, however, reschedule and/or transfer the deposit with no penalties.
Standard Pricing for Proofing/Copyediting: 0.0055-0.02 per word
Standard Pricing for *Combo Editing: 0.025 per word
*Combo edit is a multi-pass copyedit and content edit combined.
Standard Pricing for Combo Edit + Series Bible: 0.0255 per word
Exact rates are determined with a sample edit of 7-10 pages.
These prices are a standard estimate only. Actual fees will depend on the type of project involved. Please let me know if you have special financial concerns. I am usually willing to work out a payment arrangement.
If you're unsure what type of work your project needs, please feel free to discuss your concerns and plans with me to see if we are a good fit. Chances are if I don't know how to do it, I can find out OR refer you to someone who can!
I am looking forward to working with all that fantastic talent out there! (That's YOU!)
Nothing kills a great piece of writing like no editing or a poor editing job. We know you pour your heart and soul into your work, and you want the whole world to love it as much as you do! The truth is it's hard to be objectively critical of something you have spent so much blood, sweat, and tears over. That's where we come in. From a simple proofread to a more complicated copy or combo edit, we're here to help you nurture your beloved manuscript and get it ready for the spotlight.
Whether you are traditionally published, self-published, business professional, or student, we want to help you achieve literary success.
We can assure you that your work will be in perfectly capable hands.