Expect an exact quote after consulting with your chosen editor.

For industry averages, see this chart from the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Welcome!


Not sure which service you need? Reach out to us and ask for help! Fill out our form or email us at hello@saltandsagebooks.com.

  • Free consults for the first 1,000 words are offered for anything above 10,000 words.
  • All consults will be charged a minimum of $60/service; all sensitivity reads are charged a $90 minimum.
  • Booking reservations for more than 2 weeks in advance will require a nonrefundable booking fee of $50 or half of the full price of the edit, whichever is less. **waived during Coronavirus**
  • All edits will take a minimum of 3 weeks.
  • Rush edits are available on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee. (There is a 10 day minimum for rush edits under 100k words.)

FAQ:

  • Invoices are sent through Stripe; PayPal is also available.
  • We offer payment plans, just ask!
  • Please send all of your documents in .docx or Google Docs, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1” margins.
  • If your piece is longer than 130,000 words, it will be split into two separate bookings to facilitate editorial turnaround.



Developmental Edits | Proofreading & Line | Sensitivity & Expert | Beta Reads | Children’s Books | Self Publishing | Screenwriting | Other Edits | Book Coaches

Welcome!

Sensitivity and Expert Reads

Sensitivity and Expert Reads

Because of the high amount of emotional labor required for a sensitivity read, all sensitivity reads are charged a minimum of $90 regardless of length.

  • From $0.009c (or $90 per 10,000 words). This is for a single pass and one round of follow-up questions.
  • There will be an additional charge for extra tutoring outside of the initial consultation.
  • Purchase a sensitivity read when you’re writing outside of your expertise or lived experience. This service is available for outlines and finished manuscripts.
  • This is a highly customizable edit where the client can specify exactly the sort of feedback they need from a specific reader.

Sensitivity consults are also available for outlines and story ideas.

Editorial Sensitivity Read (Deep dev + Sensitivity read): the minimum charge for this edit is $330.

Please note that this assumes a deep developmental edit + sensitivity read. If you would like to book a light developmental edit + sensitivity read, the base cost is $210; for a reader report + sensitivity read, the base cost is $150. This will change what you receive on the dev side; see our dev edit section for more details.

  • From $0.033c (or $330 per 10,000 words). This is for a single pass of a deep dev edit* + sensitivity read and one round of follow-up questions.
  • There will be an additional charge for extra tutoring outside of the initial consultation.
  • Purchase an editorial sensitivity read when you want to have a highly qualified editor read for story and sensitivity.
  • This is also a highly customizable edit where the client can specify exactly the sort of feedback they need from a specific reader.
  • Availability of editorial sensitivity reads depends on the editor selected. Please reach out via consult for more information about your specific editor.

*If you would like to combine it with a different edit (say, a line edit or a light developmental edit), please reach out to us for a specific quote.

If these prices are out of your current budget, please remember that we do offer payment plans. You can also check out our Incomplete Guides for a starter guide to writing inclusively! (More books are in the works!)

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Querying


  • Query edit
    • Have a querying expert go over your query three times until it’s perfect! $100 flat fee.
  • First chapter edit
    • Before you send your query out, make sure that your first chapter is extra shiny.
    • Can be a developmental edit, a line edit, or a proofread; please indicate which you would prefer.
    • From $100 up to 4,000 words.
  • Blurb edit
    • If you’re self-publishing, you know one of the most important things you can do for your book is to have a well-written and engaging blurb. Get a set of professional eyes on it! We’ll go back and forth three times until your blurb is the shiniest on the block.
    • $100 flat fee.
Querying

Developmental Editing

Developmental Editing

Developmental edits are the first step in any publishing endeavor. Make sure your piece works as hard as you do!

We have a sliding scale of depth available here so you can get the feedback you need at the price that works for you.

  • Reader Report
    • From $0.006c (or $60 per 10,000 words).
    • This edit is perfect for writers who want to know what works and what needs work.
    • Author gets back an editor’s letter.
    • This is a super affordable pass from a qualified editor. If your writing is an ocean, this is a glass-bottomed boat.
  • Light Developmental edit
    • From $0.012c (or $120 per 10,000 words).
    • This highly customizable edit focuses on five essential keys of storytelling and writing (world building, plot holes, pacing, character arcs, and emotional authenticity & resonance).
    • Author gets back some in-text comments plus an editor’s letter.
    • A more affordable edit to help you level up your writing. If your writing is an ocean, this is snorkeling.
  • Deep Developmental edit
    • From $0.024c (or $240 per 10,000 words).
    • This deep edit is a deep dive into your manuscript. We focus on eight critical areas that will make your storytelling and writing glow like a bioluminescent squid of glory.
    • Author gets back many in-text comments plus a detailed editor’s letter.
    • This is like a deep sea dive into improving your writing. If your writing is an ocean, this is the scuba dive.
  • Deluxe Developmental edit
    • From $0.048c (or $480 per 10,000 words).
    • This deluxe developmental edit is the most intense edit we offer. We pair you with one of our most experienced, highest-level editors. We focus on the eight critical areas, but go deeper than even the deep developmental edit.
    • This is great for authors who want to have more of a 1:1 relationship with their editor for a single project. (For long-term or ongoing relationships, ask us about book coaches!)
    • You get back deep in-text comments plus an extremely detailed editor’s letter; you then also choose 3 options from several follow-up options in an à la carte manner (i.e. you can choose 3 video calls if you like, or 1 of each):
    • 30-minute video chat
    • Follow-up passes of sections (up to 10,000 words per)
    • Clarifying questions in an email format
    • This also includes one 30-minute “emergency” video chat–if you have urgent questions, your editor is available for them!
    • If your writing is an ocean, this is the Trieste’s headlights illuminating Challenger Deep.
    • Limited slots available; please book in advance.

Proofreading, Line, and Copy Edits


We use the Chicago Manual of Style.

  • Line editing
    • From $0.008c/word (or $80 per 10,000 words)
    • For when you’re confident in your novel’s plot and structure, and are ready to make it flow.
    • Word choice and usage, repetition, sentence flow, paragraph/sentence length, some fact checking*, etc.
    • *For in-depth fact checking, see our Sensitivity and Expert Readers.
    • If you’re looking to smooth out your prose or tighten your word count, you want a line edit.
  • Proofreading
    • From $0.007c/word (or $70 per 10,000 words)
    • Get a proofread when you’re happy with your novel’s structure and flow. One of the last steps before publication.
    • An edit of punctuation, spelling, capitalization, verb tenses, and grammar.
    • If you’re looking to clean up your already-shiny words with some just-right grammar, you want a proofread.
    • Please note that this is not the same as a line edit.

If you would like to combine your line edit and proofread, please make a note in your consultation request.

Proofreading, Line, and Copy Edits

Graphic Novels, Comics, Illustrations, and Video Games

Graphic Novels, Comics, Illustrations, and Video Games

We recommend that you hire sensitivity readers for your visual projects at the pencil stage.

Illustrations are charged at $15/page with a minimum fee of $150. This includes a detailed editor’s letter.

Video game play-throughs are charged an hourly rate of $100 with a minimum fee of $100 that increases in 10-minute increments. This includes a post-viewing editor’s letter.

For an individualized quote, please contact hello@saltandsagebooks.com for your video game projects.

All editor’s letters addresses visuals, dialogue, and explain historical/situational context. Individualizations available upon request.


Beta Reads


  • From $0.003c/word (or $30 per 10,000 words)
  • A great final step in any publishing endeavor to make sure that your piece is meeting your audience’s genre expectations.
  • Client will receive a beta reader’s letter with general impressions and feedback on genre accuracy.
Beta Reads

Children's Books

Children's Books

  • Developmental edit: $90 flat up to 1,000 words, then billed at an additional $.012c/word ($12 per 1,000 words)
  • Line edit: $80 flat up to 1,000 words, then billed at an additional $.008c/word ($8 per 1,000 words)
  • Proofreading: $70 flat up to 2,500 words, then billed at an additional $.007c/word ($7 per 1,000 words)
  • Beta reading: $50 flat per reader requested

Self Publishing Services


These services are listed in the order they would be the most helpful for a beginner self-pub author.

  • Write to Market Category Analysis
    • $50 per analysis
    • Before you sit down to write that self-pub novel, make sure there’s a market for it!
    • Have too many ideas? Tell us about them and we can help you choose one that is most likely to sell given current trends.
    • Have too few ideas? Tell us what genres and tropes you love and we’ll provide an analysis of several categories that are hungry for your work.
    • Just want to make sure your book will sell? Tell us about it and we’ll find you the right categories to put it in.
    • Note: this is a similar service to the category analysis but geared towards the beginning of writing a self-pub book.
  • Ebook formatting
    • Flat rate of $50, formatted with Vellum.
    • +$20 for paperback formatting
    • You’re finished with your book and all of its edits! Congratulations. Let’s get that beauty formatted for Amazon.
  • Category analysis for self publishing
    • $50 per book analysis
    • Have you ever wondered where to categorize your book on Amazon? Where you put it matters more than you might think.
    • We’ll give you up to 5 categories of where you can move your book to help it rank with the algorithms and achieve a higher ABSR.
  • Book Promotion Services
    • We have partnered with Eschler Editing to provide book promotion services; use coupon code SALTSAGE100 for a discount!
Self Publishing Services

Screenwriting

Screenwriting

All edits include half-hour and hour-long TV, and feature film lengths.

Work with the incredibly talented Al Ross to get your screenwriting red-carpet ready!

Light Edit

  • $3.50/page ($35 / 10 pages)

Medium Edit

  • $6.50/page ($65 / 10 pages)

Deluxe Edit

  • $12/page ($120 / 10 pages)

Pitch Pack Edit: Flat rate $250


Book Coaches


  • Book Coach
    • Love one of our editors? Hire them to be your Book Coach! This all-inclusive package includes four edits of your choice with 2 hours of conversation with the editor. Let us take you from first draft to finished product!
    • Flat rate of $1,750 for books under 80k. Books over 80k are a flat rate of $2,000. Books from 100-150k are a flat rate of $2,250. Books above 150k are a flat rate of $2,500. Books above 200k are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Ultimate Book Coach
    • Do you have an idea, but need help writing your book? Request an Ultimate Book Coach experience today! We’ll help you take your book from idea to finished product.
    • Self-Publishing Ultimate Book Coaches will help with creation and revision of a manuscript, including a developmental and proofreading edit, help with your blurb, categories, and running 2 weeks of Amazon Ads. We’ll refer you to our favorite cover artists, too, and help you get a cover that is perfect for you.
    • Traditional Publishing Ultimate Book Coaches will help with the creation and revision of a manuscript, including a developmental and proofreading edit, help with your query, and finding agents who are looking for manuscripts like yours.
    • Check out Mandy Ballard for additional story coaching.
    • Prices start at $5,000.
  • Hire a Sage, aka Give Me External Motivation, Jim
    • Need some help staying on track? Hire your favorite editor to check in on you!
    • À la carte options, each price per month:
    • $25: Initial intake and goal setting (30 min phone or video call; introvert accommodations available)
    • $25: Daily text, Facebook messenger, or email check-ins
    • $25: 1 hour weekly of availability for writing questions, brainstorming, or other writing concerns
    • $25: monthly check-in (30 min phone or video call; introvert accommodations available–we see you, people who don’t like talking to people!)
    • $5/chapter: “Encourage Me” : Author will share chapters with the editor via Google Docs (up to 3,500 words). Editor will give encouraging feedback within a week of sharing. Note: editor will provide some suggestions, but this is primarily a cheerleading position. See below if you need dev help.
    • $50/chapter: “Dev Edit This Plz” : Author will share difficult chapters (up to 3,500 words) via Google Docs. Editor will help them identify how to fix the troublesome chapter within a week of sharing.
    • $300: “Hire a critique group” : Author will choose two editors and share their manuscript via google docs, read, and encourage along the way. At the specified date, two editors and the author will have a critique group through Google Meet. The editors will spend 2 hours with the author going over everything that’s been posted.
    • Need something else? Ask and ye shall probably receive!
Book Coaches

One Editor to Rule Them All

One Editor to Rule Them All

  • Have you found your One True Editor? Want to hire them to do a series of books? Send us a message and we can design a custom package for you. (Hobbit holes not included.)
    • Please note that proofreading will always be done by a different editor than your developmental/line editing editor. This is to ensure fresh eyes on the final copy! But don’t worry, we won’t give you any foolish Tooks.

Something else


  • We also offer support for graphic novels, comics, RPGs, TTRPGs, and cook books!
  • We work with all sorts of nonfiction projects, including essays (high school, college, admissions, etc.), Works Cited pages and MLA citations, contracts, professional letters, procurements, quotes, technical editing, science fact-checking, field guides, etc.

If it has words, we probably have someone who can help. Ask! We don’t bite.

Something else

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