Enormous variety in writing and editing tasks means the costs of projects vary greatly. In editing, the initial quality of the material has a huge impact on the amount of time required; I’ll look over your material (in confidence), then provide an estimate (see my get an estimate page) of total cost.
My aim is to satisfy my clients. I work as fast as I can without sacrificing quality so that clients get results on time and within budget.
My standard rate is $130 per hour (plus 10% GST), but students paying for themselves are charged $100/hr (plus 10% GST). These rates are in Australian dollars, so for other currencies, try the XE.com converter.
Typical editing speeds are 2,000 words/hr for documents that need a fair bit of work (or if your first language isn’t English, in most cases), and 5,000 words/hr if very minor copyediting and proofreading are required. So, to edit a thesis of 70,000 words might cost $1540-$3850, and an essay of 10,000 words $220-$550. I add surcharges for jobs with very tight deadlines that require me to work late at night or on weekends or holidays.