Expect an exact quote after consulting with your chosen editor.

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

Prices are changing on April 16, 2023


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Welcome!

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 $75/service; all sensitivity reads are charged a $190 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.
  • All edits will take a minimum of 4 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


Sensitivity and Expert Reads


To honor the emotional labor required for a sensitivity read, pricing begins at $190.

  • From $0.019c (or $190 per 10,000 words). This is for a single pass and one round of follow-up questions.
  • Sensitivity reads help when you are writing outside of your expertise or lived experience, want an informed take, or want to write more authentically.
  • This service is available for all sorts: outlines, story ideas, blurbs, pitches, character sketches, illustrations, sketches, poetry, marketing, academic writing, video games, world-building, TTRPG classes, finished manuscripts, etc.
  • Tell us exactly what sort of feedback you need from a specific reader. We can help!

Editorial Sensitivity Read (light developmental edit + sensitivity read): prices from $280.

  • From $0.028c (or $280 per 10,000 words). This is for a single pass of a light dev edit + sensitivity read and one round of follow-up questions.*
  • 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.

*If you would like to combine a sensitivity read with a different edit, please reach out 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.

Sensitivity and Expert Reads

Proofreading, Line, and Copy Edits

Proofreading, Line, and Copy Edits

We use the Chicago Manual of Style.

  • Line editing
    • From $0.025c/word (or $250 per 10,000 words)
    • For when you’re confident in your novel’s plot and structure, and are ready to make it flow.
    • Creation of style guides included.
    • 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 aka “Copy Edit”
    • From $0.018c/word (or $180 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.

  • Translation Check
    • From $0.015c/word (or $150 per 10,000 words)
    • Available languages: French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.

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 $0.009c (or $90 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 $0.018c (or $180 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 $0.0345c (or $345 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 $0.069c (or $690 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.
Developmental Editing

Querying

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.

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 $20/page with a minimum fee of $200. 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.

Graphic Novels, Comics, Illustrations, and Video Games

Beta Reads

Beta Reads

  • From $0.0043c/word (or $43 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 of the project and feedback on genre accuracy.

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

Screenwriting

Something else

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.


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