Pricing for fiction and creative non-fiction

Fiction editing services

Manuscript evaluations

Manuscript evaluation fees for fiction up to 120,000 words range from €450 to €700 depending on the length and complexity of the manuscript. Fees for fiction over 120,000 words and non-fiction manuscripts available on request.

Agent submission package

Fees range from €300 to €475 for fiction submission packages depending on total word count (chapter maximum 10,000). Quotes for non-fiction proposals and submission packages available on request.

A 10% discount applies if you book a manuscript evaluation and agent submission package together.

Please note the manuscript evaluation will take place before the submission package line/copy-edit in case you wish to make changes to your first chapters following the evaluation.

Structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading

No two manuscripts are the same and editing speeds vary depending on the type of manuscript, the type of editing involved and the level of editorial input required by each individual manuscript.

Because there are so many variables involved, I will need to see a sample of your manuscript and talk to you about your publishing goals before preparing an accurate fees quote for your manuscript.

Fee ranges

Each editing project is individually priced. However, the following fee ranges may be useful as general guidelines when planning your editing budget:

  • Structural editing—from €13 to €30 per 1,000 words
  • Copy-editing—from €13 to €30 per 1,000 words
  • Proofreading—from €6 to €15 per 1,000 word

Developmental editing, mentoring and ghostwriting

These services are individually priced based on an author’s needs/requirements, the type and time frame of the project. As a rough guide, prices range from €40 to €65 per hour.

Discounts and editing package deals

Professional editing is a big investment for an author. But it’s worth remembering that the value of a professional edit lies not only in the edited manuscript returned to you, but also in what you learn from the editing process—improved skills and increased confidence in your craft which you can take with you into your next project.

Still, budgeting for editing can be tough and I understand that. Which is why I am happy to look at ways of getting you the editing you need to suit your budget. This includes instalment arrangements, discounts and package deals for repeat work and/or multiple projects or services booked together. For more details on any of these options, please contact me using the form on the Contact Book Nanny page.

Booking deposit

You will need to pay a deposit at the time of booking to secure your editing slot once project details have been agreed between us. Please note that this deposit may be non-refundable where a project is delayed and/or postponed and/or cancelled by you for convenience. Please also note that agent submission package and manuscript evaluations fees are payable in full in advance.

Sample edits

I offer sample copy-edits to help you decide if Book Nanny is the right editor for you:

  • Copy-edit—max. 850 words

Quote criteria

Here are some of the criteria I take into account when preparing a quote:

  • The length (word count) of the manuscript
  • The type of manuscript—fiction or non-fiction
  • The type of editing—developmental, structural, copy-editing or proofreading or a combination of edit types
  • The level of editing input necessary to bring an individual manuscript up to general publishing standards—is it well-written and clean or are there many errors in it?
  • Has a manuscript been structurally edited before it comes for copy-editing or proofreading?
  • Does the manuscript require substantive editing or rewriting?
  • The format of the finished book—is it a plain format novel or a non-fiction book with lots of illustrations?
  • How many passes of editing the manuscript needs. Most self-published books require at least one round of each type of editing, some will need more than one developmental or structural pass and more than one proofread

You can help to keep editing costs in the lower fees ranges by self-editing your manuscript thoroughly before submitting it for editing.

Contact me for further information or a quote

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