Let’s talk about Editing

Let’s talk about Editing

Oh Yes, please do. Editing my Book….. is my latest rant topic at home, so here goes.

First up…. Do you have any idea how much it costs to have a manuscript or anything professionally edited?  Obviously, I didn’t. I wish I still didn’t because my bliss bubble had definitely burst.

If I’d known, I would have written fewer words. These guys are not cheap.  An outstanding editor is probably worth their weight in gold, but like anything else, finding such an exceptional editor at an affordable price is a problem.

Some charge by the hour, while others charge by the number of words. Essentially, the bigger the book, the more it costs.

Book Pages (divided  by)  Number of pages per edited hours =  (A)  400 /5 = 80

X hours charge out rate per hour  = Cost for editing   80 X $45 =$3600 

(This calculation formula is readily available on google…. Go check it out.  Some sites even have quick calculators)

The hourly charge and the number of pages per hour depend on the editor and the service you have requested. The costs per hour can vary from  $15 – $90 and upwards.

Cost per word can vary from as little as $0.02 to $0.12 per word or per page at $2.50 to $15.00. Again, this depends on you want them to do. 

I used the above formula based on the number of pages = 416  

416 /5 = 83 83 x $45 = $3735    (My bank account it crying)

Amateur aspiring author here, who doesn’t have a lot of spare cash to throw around. Happy to hear from anyone who knows a talented editor for Fantasy, that won’t cost me my retirement fund.

Anyhow, I’m still reeling from the shock that it’s might cost me an exorbitant amount of money (like thousands) to have my book edited. I decided to check out other ways I could reduce this cost.

I did an editing sweep myself. Then got my daughter to go through it. She is a bit of a grammar freak, so she’s not afraid to be ruthless. 

I then checked out online Editing programs. Grammarly —  https://www.grammarly.com Hemingway Editor http://www.hemingwayapp.com and Prowriting Aid https://prowritingaid.com .

They all do most things an editor will do, but without the human touch:

  • Highlights spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes.
  • Suggestions to make the writing more engaging.
  • Identifies awkward phrasing, word choice and readability.
  • Ensures consistent language and spelling.

There a multiple reviews about them, so I’m letting you decided which works best for you. They all have a free platform you can use or trial periods. 

I am extremely happy with the program I’m using.

I have no hesitation in saying that this program has helped me to improve my writing. (can’t tell you which one because I don’t want to influence your choice but I’m sure I’ll mention it later in my blog.)

My Book has had a sweep through an editing program. And guess what happened……. I reduced my word count by nearly 7000. That should make me happy right but wait a minute. My page count increased. What?

Exactly. How was this possible? Let me tell you. I learned from Mr Google that some of my chapters were too lengthy for the average readers consumption. So, to market my book to the masses, I had to make some of my chapter smaller. Hence, more pages in my Book.

Why is this happening to me? And NO, I can’t shorten my book any further. (little writer’s tantrum here)

The Book is now with Miss Grammarly (my daughter) for another bashing before I decide if I will try to find an editor that matches my needs.

Or another path that includes the editing process???????

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