Our rates

How much does a book editor cost? What a great question!

You get a free sample editjust ask. We’ll do a line-by-line on three pages and comment on ten to show you how good editing can transform and polish your writing.


Editing is $5 to $7 per 250-word page for most projects and includes a substantive edit and critique. Once you sign a contract, half the total is due up front and half when the project is finished. See our contact page for manuscript guidelines.

Manuscript critiques are $900 per one manuscript of up to 100,000 words.

Full pre-publication services for self-publishing authors: Need more than just a book editor? We know a lot of excellent book designers. If you need book interior design, cover design, copywriting, or print advice consultation, just ask for our list of proven freelancers.

General consulting on query letters, synopses, and other materials is $75 per hour.

Our book, The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists, is available on Amazon for $9.95, or on Kindle, iPad, and Nook for $4.99.

Not sure yet? Ask for a sample edit and proposal.

Note: The Threepenny Editor is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and abides by its code of ethics, the best-practices standard for every book editor.