Elliott Editorial Online


Services and Rates


We handle the stages of the usual editorial process—writing, developmental editing, substantive editing/line editing, manuscript evaluation, copyediting, proofreading, and indexing.


NOTE: In developmental editing, substantive editing/line editing, and copyediting, 1) we can edit using the track changes function and comment panes of Microsoft Word™, or  2) we can edit on hard copy, using written interlinear corrections, marginal comments, and Post-it™ slips for queries.


For all jobs, we will gladly provide an estimate. Also, all rates are negotiable, depending on the condition of your document.


The rates recommended by the Editorial Freelancers Association are as follows:


Editorial Rates

Updated: September 2012

Common editorial rates—regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly—tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; 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, however, is a firm 250 words.

Type of Work

Estimated Pace

Range of Fees

Copyediting, basic

5–10 ms pgs/hr


Copyediting, heavy

2–5 ms pgs/hr


Substantive | line editing

1–6 ms pgs/hr


Developmental editing

1–5 pgs/hr


Layout | newsletters

1–4 pgs/hr

$40–70/prn pg

Layout | books

6–10 pgs/hr



8–20 prn pgs/hr

$3.50–12/indexable prn pg

Project management


$9.00–20.00/prn pg


5–10 ms pgs/hr






300–500 wds/hr



1–3 ms pgs/hr





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

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