Services, Pricing, & More

@peggyseditorial

Contact Me / Booking Services

If you are interested in contacting me about a potential project or other services, you can email me at psw@peggysuewood.com.

Services, Prices, & Samples

Keep in mind that the rates below "should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words (Editorial Freelance Association, Editorial Rates)." Timeline depends on the project. Estimated timelines are listed in the section below. My rates are negotiable. The base cost listed is comparative to the Editorial Freelance Association's listing of what is considered the standard for editorial rates. The total price of service depends on the needs of the project.

Editing Books:

To see a sample of my skills, request an edit test of up to 10 pages via email
  • Content/Development Editing: (1–5 pgs/hr) $35–55/hr
  • Substantive or Line Editing: (1–6 ms pgs/hr) $35–60/hr
  • Basic Copyediting + Proofreading: (5–15 ms pgs/hr) $20–40/hr
  • Heavy Copyediting and/or Website Copyediting: (2–5 ms pgs/hr) $35–50/hr
  • Second Reading: $15.00/hour
  • Third Reading: $13.00/hour (California minimum wage)
  • Editorial Schedule/Project Management Planning: (1-3/hrs) $35–60/hr

*Consultation calls or in-person meetings: $25.00/hour (first consultation is free).

Editing Comics:


To see a sample of my skills, request an edit test of up to 5 pages via email
  • Basic Copyediting + Proofreading of Manuscript: (15-40 ms pgs/hr) $20–40/hr
  • Manuscript Evaluations/General Permissions Check: (15-40 ms pgs/hr) $40-60/hr
  • Art Review/Planning and Bubble Placement Suggestions: $10/page
  • Editorial Schedule/Project Management Planning: (1-3/hrs) $35–60/hr

*Consultation calls or in-person meetings: $25.00/hour (first consultation is free).

Social Media/Marketing:

  • Press Release: (1-3 pgs/hr) $50-100/hr
  • Marketing Copywriting (for emails, listings, Grants, Proposals, Sales Copy) $35–60/hr
  • Newsletters (1–4 pgs/hr) $40–100/hr
  • Article Writing/Journalism: 20¢–50¢/word
  • Social Media Posting Across Platforms:
        • Full Social Media Package (I spend 10 hrs/week researching and developing your social media, posting across platforms, creating content, and developing an ongoing social media schedule): $150-400/week
        • Blog Posts: 20-40¢/word + $40-50 research costs
        • Twitter/Instagram Caption: $1-2 each
        • Other posting and pricing depend on the work and the platform.
  • Social Media Schedule/Project Management Planning: (1-3/hrs) $35–60/hr

*Consultation calls or in-person meetings: $25.00/hour (first consultation is free).

Writing - Fiction/Non-fiction/Journalistic:

  • Ghostwriting (Fiction or Nonfiction): $42–60/hr
  • Book Reviews: $20
  • Manuscript Evaluations/General Permissions Check: $40-60/hr
  • Researching: $45-60/hr

*Consultation calls or in-person meetings: $25.00/hour (first consultation is free).

Academic/Profession Seeking Services

Experience: 2 Bachelors in English + 1 Masters in English (all 3.5+ GPA) + Certification in Publishing from NYU + Self Employed
  • Resume and/or CV Building: $25-35/hr
  • ePortfolio Building: $65/hr
  • College Prep Consultations: $25/hr (minimum 2hrs)
  • Scholarship Submission Review: $25/hr
  • Tutoring (English, Writing, Statements of Purpose Review, etc.): $25-35/hr

*Consultation calls or in-person meetings: $25.00/hour (the first consultation is free).

*In NO way will I write a paper for you/your student. My services are assistance based only. I may edit, I may suggest revisions too, I may also help plan and revise your student's essays, but I will NOT write a submission or homework assignment for your student.

Other:

  • If you have another service in mind that you don't see listed above, simply email me with details for review and we can discuss the possibility of working together. NOTE: Pricing and timeline depend on the project.

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*NOTE: Above are the estimated prices of each service. Depending on the project, some costs may be lower or higher than estimated here.

Estimated Timeline

Editing:

  • CLICK HERE for Sample Editorial Schedule.
  • Preferred editorial schedule for line and copyediting: 2-3 months.
  • NOTE: Estimated timeline of quickest turnaround on first round edits for a 400 page manuscript is 3 weeks. Week 1: defining your project, characters, 10-30 page edit test, setting editorial schedule + contracting. Week 2-3: Complete first round edits and review before returning to author. Any faster than 3 weeks is not recommended.

Social Media/Marketing:

  • Marketing copywriting: 3 hours to 2 weeks depending on the project.
  • Press Release: 24 hours
  • Social Media Posting Across Platforms: Depends on the project and platform.

Other:

  • Pricing and timeline depends on the project.

Testimonials

  • Testimonials and are made available upon request as I aim to provide endorsements fitting to the service needed.

Frequently Asked Questions - Publishing Services

FAQ for Academic Services can be Found Below

What is your process for working with an author?

Step 1: Tell me about your project! What genre is it? What is it about? What is your goal? How far are you in writing it? What is your publishing date? What type of services are you looking for with editing? Etc. If you have not fully written the book yet, I will probably suggest that you write and provide me with an outline of the book. I'll provide a sample outline for you to review.

Step 2: From the information you provide me in Step 1, I'll draft an editorial schedule. We'll review and, if the dates work for you we'll discuss contracting and confirm costs. *With comics, the editorial schedule is likely to vary from the sample editorial schedule above.

Step 3: After that, it’s just a matter of making payments, editing the work provided, and keeping to deadlines.

What are your rates?

Please see above. Note, some costs may depend on the project and platform.

Do you provide free sample edits?

Yes. I provide 10 to 20 pages of sample editing per project and upon request. For comics, which often have a shorter script, I limit sample editing to 5 pages.

What types of clients do you work with?

As a freelancer, I primarily work with self-publishing authors although I am very open to working with agencies and publishers too.

What types of writing do you edit?

Just about everything except horror. I cannot do horror. NOTE: Thrillers are not the same as horror. Is your story a gruesome murder? Awesome! Does your story have spiders crawling out of a dead person's mouth? I can maybe refer you to another freelancer... That aside, I really do mean just about anything else. Comics, autobiography, literatica, blog posts, statements of purpose for applications, and anything else someone might need editing for I can help out with. I'm a fan of many genres.

Do you provide publishing assistance?

Yes! Please see my services above or feel free to email me with specific questions. If I cannot answer, I will let you know and try to recommend a resource to look at in regards to your question. I've made some great contacts across publishing with a fair track record of connecting talent with talent (particularly if you are looking for book cover artists). Email me if you have questions.

What advice would you give someone looking to hire a freelance editor?

First, you've come to the right place. Second, book today because scheduling can fill up quickly!

What advice would you give someone publishing for the first time?

Oh! Definitely check out my blog, peggyseditorial.tumblr.com. I post advice there on editing, marketing, and more for authors and others who are new to publishing.

Frequently Asked Questions - Academic Services

FAQ for Publishing Services can be Found Above

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work? or How does your service stand out?

I have an educational background is in English literature (BA and MA), creative writing (BFA), and publishing (Certification from NYU). My teaching experience comes from my work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during my final semester as a graduate student at Chapman University and from tutoring peers, as well as my nieces and nephews, through their high school years to college applications, amounting to over six years of experience.

I primarily work as a freelance editor and writer with close to two years of experience in the professional field of editing with many services falling under that category. These transition well in tutoring since it helps me make your student's writings stand out. In regards to tutoring, I offer a varied list of English, writing, and literary-based help from addressing issues with critical to creative writing. I can also assist with helping to review college admissions writings, resume/CV building, and portfolio construction. You can view my work here on www.peggysuewood.com, where I have collected samples of my academic and creative writing skills, as well as a taste of my educational background and other services.

What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first meeting/phone call, either with the student or with parents, is to discuss goals—grade improvement, college admissions, etc. We discuss the kind of services their looking for, and create a regular meeting schedule or plan for 2-3 test visits to see if my teaching works for the student. If the student and I work well together and progress, we can move forward on discussing a regular schedule.

What are your rates?

Please see above. Note, some costs may depend on the type of service you're looking for, such as traveling to meet you/your student or something else.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I mentioned this above, but once more:

  • Bachelors & Masters of Arts in English Literature, Chapman University
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Chapman University
  • Certification in Publishing, New York University
  • Former Graduate Teaching Assistant, employed by Chapman University during the final semester as a graduate student
  • Self-Employed Freelance Editor and Writer for 1.5 Years

What are your limits with tutoring?

Well, I can't help much with math but any English/literature or history related subject I'm more than happy and capable of assisting with! (I know, I just ended that last sentences with a preposition, but that's okay since this is an informal Q&A.) Please note, though: In NO way will I write a paper for you/your student. My services are assistance based only. I may edit, I may suggest revisions too, I may also help plan and revise your student's essays, but I will NOT write a submission or homework assignment for your student.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I am passionate about helping students who are college-focused, however young they may be, and those already in university. As part of the prep-work and to show my passion, I recommend checking out my book(let) "College 101: What I Wish I'd Been Told," which I wrote as a student and annually update (link below). I want to help my students achieve their goals of graduating and getting into the school of their dreams!

Book Link: "College 101: What I Wish I'd Been Told"