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jayne.southern@bookaholiceditor.com 

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"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug

used by mankind."

Rudyard Kipling

As a confirmed bookaholic, I am delighted that there is no cure. So many books, so little time.

 

My experience includes PR, journalism (trade journals, company journals and ghosting articles for in-house magazines), editing and proofreading for indie authors and traditional publishers, in a variety of genres which include fiction, travel, wildlife, health, biographies, other non-fiction, and theses. A selection of of the many books are shown on the portfolio page.

 

Also, I have studied psychology, philosophy and communications (not IT!) and travelled widely.

 

My rates are reasonable - I have no desire to fleece anyone - and I offer a comprehensive and conscientious service. 

Proofreading: the final check before publication for typos, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Light editing: mostly for small projects - leaflets, brochures, simple manuals, straightforward shorter works. Often an hourly rate is appropriate.

Copy editing: to identify and correct typos, spelling, grammar, syntax, language, punctuation,  after line or developmental editing is complete.

Line editing: more intensive editing for the flow of elements, ideas, tone, narrative, structure, vocabulary, characterisation, clarity and accuracy; may involve suggestions for re-organising lines, paragraphs and chapters.

Developmental editing: involves substantial input regarding concept, plot, structure, timeline, characterisation, pitch, presentation. Usually part of the initial rewriting process.

 

Editing Hours

Copy editing 70,000 words can take 40-90 hours

Line editing 70,000 words can take 45-300+ hours 

Substantive editing 70,000 words can take 70-350+ hours

 

My Rates

These include two edits and a final read.

Light editing                     £12.00 per 1,000 words or a negotiated hourly rate

Copy editing                     £14.00 per 1,000 words

Line editing                       £16.00 per 1,000 words

Developmental editing    £18.00 per 1,000 words

Proofreading                     from £12.00 per 1,000 words 

Please feel free to send a sample of your work for a quotation.

 

*Some comparative rates:

 

                   UK                    USA               South Africa         NZ                            Ireland             

 Copy editing

                from £26.20      $30-40 per    R350-550 p.h.       from $20 per         €25-35 per   

                 per hour              hour             R200-400 per        1,000 words           hour                                            from £20 per                            1,000 words

                  1,000 words

 

Line editing

                from £28.20      $40-50 per      R350-550 p.h.      $700-1750 up        €40 per                                      per hour              hour                R200-600 per       to 50,000 words    hour 

                                                                     1,000 words         $1600-3000 up

                                                                                                    to 100,000 words

                                                                                                      

Developmental editing                                                                                                                                                £30.20               $45-60 per      R400-600 ph        $2500+ over            €40+ per hour

                per hour             hour                 R600-800 per       100,000 words

                                                                     1,000 words                              

                                                                                

Fact  checking                           

                  -                          $35-60 per       R300-400 p.h.                  -                          -

                                                  hour             R300-900 per

                                                                       1,000 words

 

Proofreading

               from £16 per       $30-35 p.h.                    -                            -                          -

               1,000 words

 

Manuscript Evaluation 

                from £22.50      $45-55 p.h.       R300-500 p.h.                   -                          -

                   per hour

 

*Rates are from The Editorial Freelancers Association USA, SAFREA South Africa,  New Zealand online freelance rates, Society for Freelance Editors UK and Irish online freelance rates. 

 

Please feel free to send a sample of your work for a quotation.

 

 

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