|Type of Work||Estimated Pace||Range of Fees|
|Editing, basic copyediting||5–10 ms pgs/hr||$30–40/hr|
|Editing, heavy copyediting||2-5 ms pgs/hr||$40-50/hr|
|Editing, website copyediting||$40-50/hr|
|Editing, developmental||1-5 pgs/hr||$45-80/hr|
|Editing, substantive or line||5-10 ms pgs/hr||$30-80/hr|
|INDEXING||8-20 pr pg/hr||$30-40/hr|
|Layout, books||6-10 pgs/hr||$45-85/hr|
|Layout, newsletters||1-4 pgs/hr||$40-100/hr|
|PROJECT MANAGEMENT||$9-30/pr pg $40-90/hr|
|PROOFREADING||9-13 ms pgs/hr||$30-35/hr|
|WRITING||$9-30/pr pg $40-90/hr|
|Writing, fiction||$40-50/hr 20¢-25¢/wd|
|Writing, ghostwriting||$50-60/hr 26¢-50¢/wd|
|Writing, grants/proposals/sales/PR||$50-60/hr 30¢-95¢/wd|
|Writing, journalism||$40-50/hr 20¢-50¢/wd|
|Writing, medical||$60-70/hr 80¢-95¢/wd|
|Writing, nonspecified||$40-100/hr 20¢-$2/wd|
|Writing, technical/trade||$50-60/hr 45¢-55¢/wd|
Book cover design varies. For covers that look like Penguin, Harper Collins, Random House, and Pearson quality, you should expect to pay $500 to $1200. For something more affordable you can pay anywhere from $100-400.
These vary based on original art vs. using stock images. But you can expect to pay an illustrator anywhere from $150-$500 per illustration.
Cost for simple conversion ranges from anywhere from $199 (text) – $1000 (illustrated).
If you want someone to distribute your book to the various retailers, that will cost you around $79 to have someone distribute to Amazon, Kindle, BN, Kobo, Smashwords.
Looking for a translator for your book? Prices vary, but expect your work to fall in the range of $.08 to $.50 a word or $20-$50/hr.
A lot of people ask us what the right pricing is for an indie book. We urge you to experiment with this and not price too low. According to a study done by Smashwords, an online indie retailer, $2.99 to $5.99 yields the most profits for self-published titles. For illustrated books you might want to price higher.
Creating a professional book that looks like it’s from a publishing house is hard. But it can be done. According to David Carnoy of CNET, you should be prepared to invest at least a few thousand dollars in your book.
ind = indexable page, ms = manuscript, pr = printed, pg = page, hr = hour, wd = word
Editorial Freelancers Association, CNET, Writers and Editors.