FAQs (Editing Rates and Other Information)

As an author, I know about the time and energy you’ve invested in your manuscript because I’ve done it myself. I’ve spent the same hours laughing, crying and rolling my eyes at my characters and the story I’m trying to tell.

Long before I was trying to bring my own characters and plots into submission, however, I was doing it for other people. I will treat your stories with the utmost of respect and sanctity. If you come to The Write Edge for your editing needs, you will encounter an editor who has a passion for her work and for helping you shine. 

No doubt you have lots of questions about what I do. Great — I have answers! Here are a list of FAQs, including my rates.

Please pay attention to the information below. Doing so will help you, the writer, and also me, your editor, in making your venture that much more successful (and it almost guarantees — almost — that we’ll still like each other by the end of the whole thing.)

 What do you edit/critique?

My editing experience includes women’s fiction, short stories (both individual stories as well as full anthologies,) how-to guides, and memoirs. I edit novels and shorter pieces. I also edit (and can write, although that would cost a little extra) blurbs and synopses for your projects.

I’m happy to discuss either fiction or nonfiction projects. Don’t be afraid to pose your questions to me. I’m a firm believer in the adage that the only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask.

 Is there anything you won’t edit or critique?

I don’t edit or critique poetry, LGBQT fiction, erotica, romance, or any material with explicit content, simply because I don’t read stories in those genres and don’t feel like I would be the most qualified person to help you if you write in them.

If you’re unsure whether I would consider your manuscript content explicit, please contact me with a sample.

Okay, but how do I know if you’re any good? Do you have any experience in this stuff?

Great question, and a totally fair one. So, a little about me:

In 2002 I earned my MSJ (Master’s of Science in Journalism) in magazine publishing from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. My career in publishing started in 2005 when I became the editor for all special projects out of Community Newspapers, Inc., (now Pamplin Media Group) in Portland, Oregon. I started blogging in 2010 and became a freelance writer/editor in 2011, taking on projects that have run the gamut from health care to home improvement to Hindi films.

As a tandem to my editing career, I sit as a judge in writing competitions by great organizations like the Florida Writers’ Association and the Saturday Writers, a chapter of of the Missouri Writers Association. You can also hear me talking about writing-related matters on The Writescast Network, created and hosted by author r.r. campbell.

I’ve worked with new writers and experienced ones alike. My writers have found themselves on the USA Today Bestseller list, and they’ve also experienced the satisfaction of finishing that first or second novel. Their happiness and success makes me excited to be working in this industry!

Thanks for the intro; what about my project?

If we’re meeting for the first time, I’ll offer you a sample edit free of charge. Along with your sample, please send me a summary of your story so I know how best to approach the sample.

If you’re sending me a sample from a novel, send about 3000 words from the middle. If you’d like to send a sample of a short story, please email me so we can talk about the size of the sample before you send it.

What if I’ve never written anything before? I mean, I had a story idea and started working on it. Can you help me make it better?

If you’re a first-time author, welcome to the madness, uh, I mean, magic that is now your life! :> Chances are, you might need a little more help, which is totally okay. That’s why I’m here.

More help, though, means more time and work on my part, which means a little more money on yours. Sending me a sample of your writing allows me to show you what I can do; it also allows me to decide whether your manuscript might need more than the regular scope of editing.

If it turns out you need more help, I’ll charge an additional 15 percent (as per the rates below) for editing services.

As always, I’m happy to discuss your manuscript and offer thoughts and suggestions before any work is done. My ultimate goal is to help you, the writer, succeed—even if you decide not to hire me as your editor.

So how should I send my story to you? PDF? Word doc? Carrier pigeon?

Save the pigeons for the little notes that fit inside the tubes. I don’t need the Carrier Pigeons Union pecking at my windows again. :>

As for more conventional options, please format your document according to the following requirements to expedite the editing process.

I edit in Word, so any version of a Word doc is fine.

Your manuscript should be double spaced in 11-point font. 

Please use a basic readable font like Times or Times New Roman; the curly stuff that looks like handwriting is pretty but not practical at all for editing.

Margins should be one inch all the way around (that’s top, bottom, left, and right — no cheating!)

If your document isn’t formatted according to these guidelines, I can’t start editing. That means you have to wait longer for it to get done. Which means carrier pigeons visiting you with the bad news that you didn’t format the story correctly, and, believe me, you don’t want to mess with the CP mob. [voice drops to dramatic whisper] They’re scary! 

So what editing services, specifically, do you offer? Do you rewrite stuff? Are you a ghostwriter? 

Seeing as I’m still alive and in good health—and plan to remain so for the foreseeable future—the answer to that last question is No.

I also don’t rewrite whole paragraphs or pages, but occasionally I will suggest alternatives to sentences. 

Here’s what I do offer:

Phone consultation—If you’re just stuck on a spot or simply want to talk through something in a story, I’m happy to give you 30 minutes of my time on the phone so we can talk through it.

Blurb/synopsis writing—If your story/book is ready to go but you need help writing a blurb for the back of the book or a summary for marketing purposes, I can write it for you. 

Line editing—dealing with making sentences read more smoothly; pointing out minor continuity issues or errors; typos, punctuation errors, and grammar mistakes

Manuscript assessment—reading your manuscript and offering a constructive and detailed critique of your plot, characters, story structure, and more. MAs typically run a minimum of five pages (single spaced) and often go to seven or eight pages long.

Combination of Line editing and Manuscript assessment—offering both services described above in the same manuscript.

And how much are you charging for the different services?

This is how much each service costs. Please pay attention to the notes after the rates:

30-minute phone consultation: $45


Blurb/synopsis writing: $65 for up to 350 words


For editing manuscripts less than 10,000 words, flat rates apply:

  • Line editing—$1.50/page
  • Manuscript assessment—$2.00/page
  • Combination package—$2.50/page


For manuscripts between 10,000 and 50,000 words, flat rates apply:

  • Line editing—$1.75/page 
  • Manuscript assessment—$2.25/page
  • Combination package—$2.75/page


For manuscripts between 50,000 and 80,000 words, flat rates apply:

  • Line editing—$2.00/page 
  • Manuscript assessment—$2.50/page
  • Combination package—$3.00/page


For manuscripts longer than 80,000 words:

  • Manuscript assessment only—$5.00 per page
  • Note: If you really, really, REALLY want your manuscript edited and it’s longer than 80,000 words, contact me and we can talk. I won’t promise outright that I’ll accept it for editing, but I’m always happy to discuss your project and possibly come to an agreement that works for both of us. Ultimately my goal is to help you make your story the best it can absolutely be.



Once we’ve made an agreement via email for editing, I’ll send you an invoice. I’ll also send a contract that you must review, initial, and sign. You also must send the entire manuscript before any editing begins.

**If you choose to use PayPal for payment, please be aware that an additional service fee will be added to the rates above. This fee is 2.9 percent of the original price plus 30 cents of the total charge for editing.

PayPal charges me this feel to conduct transactions, and because so many people have begun using PayPal I find it almost prohibitive to accept payments via the service if I don’t pass the fee on.

It’s unfortunate, and I realize that. I also accept the following forms of payment that don’t have an additional fee: personal checks, money orders, Western Union, buckets of quarters (not really. Well, okay, maybe. You would probably have to email me about that one.)

I have other questions (and now I’m a little worried about those carrier pigeons.) How can I get a hold of you?

You can leave a comment here on the blog or just email me via the address below. Thanks for stopping by today!


Do you have publishing problems? Come to the Edge for your publishing solutions today!

Ekta R. Garg

Professional Writer and Editor

The Write Edge–Publishing problems?  Come to the Edge!

Blog: thewriteedge.wordpress.com

Email: egarg0201 (at) gmail (dot) com

Address: P.O. Box 329

Savoy, IL 61874

All rates current as of January 1, 2019

One thought on “FAQs (Editing Rates and Other Information)

    evelinenow said:
    July 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I may spend the rest of my reading and writing life going back and forth to the site. For certain I know who my next editor will be.

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