Getting Started

Cost Considerations & Project Planning

a Commitment to you

If you decide that you’d like me to work with you on a project, I’ll do what I can to make that happen. I’m in business to earn a living, but I have chosen the work I do because I enjoy it. — Barbara


Pricing based on planning

Different services cost different amounts and the best way to anticipate a project’s cost is to begin with a sample of your writing, which I will read to assess how I could assist you. If you already know which services you are most interested in (substantive or copy editing, proofreading, or coaching), I will factor that into my estimate. If you don’t have an initial sense of what you’re looking for, I can read your sample and suggest how I could be most helpful.

I’ll get back to you within two business days with an estimate (or a range of estimates, depending on your choice of options) that includes proposed edits, and we can discuss together what services are most likely to help you reach your goal. Then it’s up to you.


The charge for an initial estimate based on a ten-page (2500 word) sample edit is $45, which can be applied to your total bill if you decide to move ahead with me.

Payment schedules vary and depend on project.

Payments can be made by check, PayPal, and Venmo.

Flexibility — Your Choice

If you have cost concerns, we should discuss them to see if we can find a way to work together. I’m generally open to a pricing discussion that allows you to pick the level of service you’ll feel satisfed with and still be able to afford.

  • Sometimes a limited role for me can still improve your output.

  • You may decide it’s worth it to pay for additional services that can fulfill your objectives.

  • A revised timeline might allow for a lower rate.

  • Work can be done in stages—line editing, a return to you for further revision, then copy editing and polishing.

  • If time is an issue, you may decide to forego some services, or you might decide to pay a rush fee in order to get the job done when you need it.