There are a number of different types of editing and people often use different terms to express what they’re looking for, so to clarify I’ve listed the different categories here as set out by Editors Canada ( However, every project is unique and may require a combination of editing types and I’m happy to work with each client to discover exactly what they are looking for in an editor.

No matter what your word needs might be, I do assess each project specifically and work with each client directly to find the best fit both in editing needs and cost. If you have any questions or would like me to do a quote of your project, please email me at

  • Proofreading – Checking proofs of formatted, edited material for adherence to design and for minor, mechanical errors in copy (such as spelling mistakes or small deviations from the style sheet).  This type of edit would be used for essays, press releases, website proofs, manuscripts ready for publication, and other such projects.
    • proofreading of school essays, research projects and thesis papers can be negotiated on a project-by-project basis
    • ($25-$30/hour)
  • Copy editing – Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts; inserting head levels and approximate placement of art; editing tables, figures, and lists; notifying the designer of any unusual production requirements. This is often the category I would use for business and website content as it adds formatting to the basic proofreading needs.
    • ($35-40/hour)
  • Stylistic editing – Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language, and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing
    • ($45-50/hour)
  • Substantive/structural editing – Clarifying or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. This includes improves a manuscript by identifying and solving problems with order and flow of information and may require: reorganizing paragraphs, sections, or chapters for overall clarity or readability; assisting the author as a writing coach by taking a rough draft of a manuscript from initial concept to final publication; making suggestions about content, plot and character development, organization, and presentation.
    • All edits in this category include notes, suggestions and story ideas along with one re-write edit in the quoted price.
    • ($55-60/hour)
  • Tutoring/writing coach – I have taught both adults and children essay writing skills as well as how to expand their creative writing abilities, coaching new writers in their own personal word journey.  I also enjoy assisting students of all ages as they deal with their English writing challenges. The fees for these types of services are based on each specific situation, and the needs and time required. Please, contact me for further information.
    • negotiated per project

For further clarification, Editors Canada suggests the following breakdown as a guideline for estimating times related to editing billing based on Amy Einsohn’s The Copyeditor’s Handbook, Second Edition (University of California Press, 2006):

• Substantive, structural, or stylistic editing of a difficult text: 1 to 2 pages/hour
• Substantive, structural, or stylistic editing of a standard text: 2 to 3 pages/hour
• Copy editing a difficult text: 2 to 4 pages/hour
• Copy editing a standard text: 4 to 7 pages/hour
• Proofreading a difficult text: 4 to 6 pages/hour
• Proofreading a standard text: 6 to 9 pages/hour

This fee structure is just a guideline and is very dependent on content, format and complexity of each individual project; please contact me with any questions.

It would be a pleasure to work with the words in your life.


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