The price you pay for book editing services can vary greatly depending on which individual editor or editing services company you choose. Some book editing services have set fees for editing a book manuscript, while others charge based on the page or word count. The price to edit a book manuscript also depends on the type of editing the book editor is providing. For authors in the early stages of writing a book manuscript, more substantial editing or developmental editing may be needed. With this more involved type of editing, the price charged for editing will be higher.
For authors in the later stages of writing a book manuscript, a round of copyediting and/or proofreading may be needed. With copyediting, the editor focuses on clarity, readability, grammar, word choice, spelling, and punctuation. After a book manuscript has undergone copyediting, a round of proofreading helps the author eliminate any remaining, generally minor, errors. Proofreading ensures that your book manuscript is as error-free and professional as possible. The cost to proofread your book manuscript will be lower than what is paid for editing. The price an author pays to a book editor may increase if the editor has extensive experience with editing book manuscripts. How long it will take the editor to edit your book manuscript also generally impacts the price. A faster book editing service, which gives the editor more limited time to edit the book manuscript, is associated with a higher price.
Book editors may also charge lower per-word or per-page prices for manuscripts with a higher word count. This means that if you submit your book manuscript for editing chapter by chapter, a higher price may be charged than if you submit the complete book manuscript at one time. As with any purchase you make, obtain as much information as possible about your book editor before making any agreement or submitting payment. When you submit your book manuscript for editing, provide detailed instructions for your editor so s/he can best meet your needs.
As of November 2021, Editor World’s cost to copyedit a 50,000-word book manuscript is $950, with a turnaround time of about 2 weeks. Some of Editor World’s book editors offer a discount of up to 20%, reducing the cost to edit your book manuscript to $760.