Freelance Writing and Editing Rates


As an author, I know about the time and energy you’ve invested in your manuscript because I’ve done the same 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 started working in publishing in 2005. In 2011 I began freelancing, so that’s a long time and a lot of stories. I know how to treat your stories with the utmost of respect and sanctity. I absolutely guarantee that 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. 

Please pay close attention to the following submission guidelines. 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 I edit and critique

My editing experience includes fiction, short story anthologies, how-to guides, and memoirs. I’m happy to discuss either fiction or nonfiction projects.

What I don’t edit or critique

I don’t edit or critique poetry, LGBQT fiction, or any material with explicit content, simply because I don’t read stories in those areas and don’t feel like I would be the most qualified person to help you if you write for those venues. With regards to “explicit content,” if you’re unsure whether I would consider your manuscript content explicit please contact me with a sample.

FREE sample edit

I am happy to provide a sample edit free of charge so writers can see firsthand the quality of my work as well as get a chance to interact with me on a trial basis.

The size of the sample edit depends on the length of your manuscript. For works shorter than 45,000 words, I will sample edit 10 percent of your manuscript selected from the middle. For manuscripts longer than 45,000 words, I am happy to sample edit 5 percent from the middle of the manuscript.

For manuscripts longer than 80,000 I only offer a manuscript assessment (please see below,) so I won’t do a sample edit but I’m happy to answer any informal questions about your project.

If we’re meeting for the first time…

For new clients I require a writing sample from the middle of the manuscript needing editing so I can offer you a fair assessment of whether your manuscript falls within the scope of regular editing or would need more extensive work. If you’re a fairly seasoned writer, this part should go quickly.

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. Should I determine your manuscript requires more editing/rewriting than the scope of regular editing, I will 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.

Formatting requirements

Please make sure you format your document according to the following requirements to expedite the editing process.

Your manuscript should be double spaced in 12-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 is not formatted according to these guidelines, no editing services may be rendered until the correct format is sent. 

In other words, the best way to help me do my job is to get your manuscript ready for it.

Description of Available Editing Services

Line editing—looking for typos, punctuation errors, and grammar mistakes

Manuscript assessment—I will read through your manuscript and offer 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—I will offer both services described above in the same manuscript.


Once an agreement for editing has been made in the case of any manuscript of any length, the entire manuscript must be sent before any editing begins.

**Note: If you choose to use PayPal for payment, please be aware that an additional service fee will be added to the rates below. 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.)

For 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 via email 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.



I use this blog as a professional writing platform so publications and those individuals needing a writer’s services can see the depth and range of my work. Not only do I update the blog four to five times a week, but also I’ve done a variety of other projects. For more on those, please go to the top of the page and click on “The Write Edge in Action.”

I have the skills and proficiency to provide any publication or writing project with a fresh voice and perspective. I’m a team player—having held roles as both an editor and a staff member, I know how to get along with others and can lead or follow as the situation demands. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re looking for a writer with experience, training, and—most importantly—a passion for her life’s work.

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!


Email: egarg0201 (at) gmail (dot) com

Address: P.O. Box 329

Savoy, IL 61874

All rates current as of January 4, 2017

One thought on “Freelance Writing and Editing Rates

    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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