Parts of this Talk Session are from a previous post I did back in February 2017. I keep falling or walking into discussions about Editors. People do not like my opinion on the matter, so why do they bother to ask me such questions. No, I will not pay a machine or person $10,000 to edit my books; I can repeat that if necessary! Yes, I think that a book should be edited and proofread before it is published, doing so will only make that book better.
However, I believe in common sense, when it comes to prices or prices that are set by those individuals. In my personal opinion, editing and proofreading fees have skyrocketed because of those who see a way to make a profit. This does not mean that they are better or worse than the person who charges $300 to proofread, then another $1200 to edit. This means that one must do their own research on that person and the previous work they have done.
I have set in groups and workshops, read books by the BIG name author to the LITTLE name author, and there WERE always mistakes and errors. It amazes me when someone says; I paid this, and that for my editor (top dollar) and that same editor does not know the difference between (there, their) or (were, where). These are common mistakes that anyone can make right? Need I say more, I do not think that I have too!
Resources for finding an editor:
Word of mouth (be careful here, this situation can be like the shady ass mechanic that everybody endorses as if he or she cannot help themselves and the person is a complete crook)
Elance (which is now Upwork)
Advertise on Facebook
Advertise on Twitter
While surfing the net, I found this little piece of information. I think it is priceless!
(Experienced copy editors might be able to edit about 10 pages per hour, which would mean they make $0.014 per word if they charge an hourly rate of $35. That makes $1,120 for an 80,000-word manuscript. According to the EFA, basic copyediting for an average-length manuscript would cost $960-2,560.)
This information led me to the site Editorial Freelancers Association, which has been around since 1970 and they have a price chart listed on the site that would be helpful. http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php
Check out the price for basic editing-copyediting, go from there.
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders prices are similar, almost the same as the (EFA) and many hold Certifications https://www.sfep.org.uk/
Before I go; think about this, who originally set the prices for these much in demand services? Probably the same individuals, who purchased or ran out of business all of the printing press way back when then decided to establish that first publishing house.
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