Pricing for our editorial services is calculated and quoted on a per page basis, ranging from $3.50 to $12.00 per page. Your project will be individually quoted based on a combination of:
the length of your manuscript in words,
the level of edit requested, and
an estimate of the amount of time required to perform a thorough edit
The estimate of how much editing, and therefore time, will be needed will be based on a sample edit of a section of your actual manuscript. We will provide, as part of an overall manuscript review (see below), the edited sample, including recommended changes and comments. This gives you an opportunity to see upfront what the editing process will entail as well as the level of edit we recommend.
For calculation purposes, a page = 300 words, which is the average number of words on a page of a 6 x 9 book. So, for instance, if your manuscript is 65,000 words, the number of pages = 65,000/300 or 217 pages. If the per page quote is $5 per page, based on the level you choose, the cost of editing your project will be: 217 pages x $5 = $1,085.00.
Editing Levels Copy-edit, Simple - Using Track Changes in Microsoft Word®, we will mark and correct punctuation, and grammar errors, including inconsistent verb tenses and word usage errors, e.g., “affect” vs. “effect” or “discrete” vs. “discreet.” We will recommend changes to sentences and paragraphs to improve flow and ease of reading. YOU review and make needed changes. Starts at $3.50 per page.
Copy-edit with Rewrite* - All of the above, including rewrites of sentences and paragraphs to improve flow. For fiction and creative nonfiction, this includes the rewriting of dialogue attribution and tags. Edited document will include comments with respect to what we recommended and why. WE make the changes, and provide an “accepted changes” version. Starts at $5.00 per page.
Developmental (Content) Edit - One of the copy-edits above is included as part of this edit, but occurs once the manuscript is in final draft. For nonfiction, the edit includes recommendations regarding the structure of paragraphs within chapters and general chapter organization, ensuring that each chapter flows from one to another in a logical manner. For fiction, the editor looks at issues like point of view, perspective, character development, story arc, and dialogue, specifically dialogue tags and clarity of attribution, with attention to the proverbial “show vs. tell.” In creative nonfiction, attention will also be given to dialogue. Starts at $9.00 per page. May also be quoted on an hourly basis with a project cap.
*This is our most popular copy-edit level.
Up to 75,000 words: $250; above 75,000 ICB**
Don’t know which level of edit you need? A manuscript review, which includes a cursory read of your entire manuscript, two sample edits: a sample copy-edit with rewrite and a sample developmental content edit, along with a per-page quote for each, and a report outlining general recommendations. If you choose to proceed with a full edit, the cost of the manuscript review will subtracted from the total quotation.
*Individual case basis
GRAPHIC DESIGN & LAYOUT - PRINT & eBOOK
Custom Design and Layout Only
With Back Cover Copy and ISBN Barcode
CASE BOUND (HARD COVER)
Paper Over Board Only / with Cover Copy and ISBN Barcode
Dust Jacket with Case Embossing / with Cover Copy and ISBN Barcode
Dust Jacket with Paper Over Board Case / with Cover Copy and ISBN Barcode
INTERIOR DESIGN & LAYOUT
Includes text choice, folios (header/footer), front and back matter - per text page*
With footnotes/endnotes - per text page*
If author provides electronic images to specification - per image
If author provides electronic images requiring manipulation - per image
If UWP scans from original photographs or other documents - per image
EBOOK CONVERSION / FORMATTING for Kindle®, Nook® & other eReaders
From electronic manuscript (Word or other word processing document)
From previously published print version or PDF
Image/Call-Out Handling - per image or call-out (emphasized text set off from regular text)
$10 - $20
Cover Design for ebook for new design or if no printed version exists
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS (chapter book pricing same as above)
Up to 48 pages - all images supplied in electronic format to meet specifications**
Cover Design using Author Supplied Illustrations
Cover Design by UWP Staff (same as for printed books - see above)
*Text page is defined as 300 words. To estimate number of pages in your manuscript, divide total word count by 300.
**Consultation with author-hired illustrator billed at $50 per hour and is the responsibility of the author.