ACE Copyediting: Price Guide and Payment Schedule for Writing and Editing Services
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  FOR WRITTEN PROJECTS THAT ARE SECOND TO NONE
  Professional writing and editing services as close and convenient as your computer.
Copyediting  Proofreading  Business Writing  Manuscript Evaluations  Critiques 
Revisions  Writer Resources  
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Price Guide and Payment Schedule for Editing and Writing Services

FEE SCHEDULE         PRICING         SUBSTANTIVE EDITING      COPYEDITING          PROOFREADING    TECHNICAL EDITING      
 
MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION        ESTIMATES        PAYMENT STRUCTURE        TYPES PAYMENT     LIABILITY       METHODS FOR TEXT DELIVERY

My Mission:  

To provide each valued client with a timely and cost-effective finished product
that is second to none and far better than it has to be—one that will assure me of repeat business.

My Fee Schedule:

General Copyediting and Proofreading:    $35-$40/hour  

Technical Copyediting:    $45/hour

Copywriting (articles, brochures, press releases, other ghostwritten projects):   $45/hour

Flat fee or discounted rates: may be arranged for major projects and/or for all book-length projects (usually based upon a per page basis and other stipulations, such as the amount of research required, the word count, the genre or topic, and my current schedule)

  • CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING ICON/BANNER AND YOU WILL BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO MY PAYPAL ACCOUNT.

  • YOU MAY USE ANY DEBIT, CREDIT CARD OR A PERSONAL CHECK.

  • SIMPLY FILL IN THE FEW BLANKS WITH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION, SCROLL DOWN TO THE PICTURES OF THE CREDIT CARDS AND CLICK ON THE WORD "CONTINUE."

  • FILL OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. THAT'S IT!

  • YOUR PAYMENT IS MADE WITH NO ADDITIONAL FEES BY YOU. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT MEMBER.

  • MY ACCOUNT NAME IS: JOHANSON CONSULTING AS ACECOPYEDITING.COM.

                     

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Substantive Editing:

  For projects that need considerable reorganization and rewriting.  Editing includes whatever services are required to develop accurate and logical content that is appropriate for the intended audience. It involves an examination of the basic elements of manuscript structure: pacing, voice, tone and subtext, a check for redundancies, repetition of phrases, clichés, misplaced modifiers, shifts in agreement, consistency, organization, flow, clarity, and several other things.  It also includes basic copyediting (see below).  Substantive copyediting is performed directly on a PC copy of the document, using MSWord's Track Changes tool, which allows you the opportunity to see the changes, but produces a clean copy ready for submission or personal use. 

Basic Copyediting:  

  Includes a check for errors of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency of style, and an evaluation of confusing and awkward writing techniques.  (It does not include a substantive line-by-line editing, as described above.)  

Proofreading: 

  An already-copyedited document is examined one final time, checking for any remaining errors and inconsistencies.  Can include the proofreading of author's galley copy before publication by a trade publisher or self-publishing venue.

Technical Editing:  

  Involves the editing, revision, or writing of product user guides, employee manuals, software manuals, brochures, medical articles for the lay public, legal presentations and texts (written in language for the lay public or for judges who prefer less legalese) and white papers. I have extensive knowledge in both law (I am a certified paralegal) and academic medicine (affiliated with those in academic medicine for many years). I am experienced in rewriting technical documents for the lay public, in language they can understand.

Manuscript Evaluation/Critique:

  Involves the careful reading and analysis of your fiction manuscript to discern its strengths and weaknesses. A lengthy report is produced, with suggestions for improvement in areas such as your plot, characterization, setting, use of conflicts, climax, point of view, spelling, punctuation and grammar weaknesses, your format, etc.  An evaluation can also be made of a non-fiction book, a short story, essay, or any type of business document.  Sometimes, an objective point of view is exactly what you need! A reasonable flat fee is charged for each project, depending upon the difficulty of the subject matter and length of the manuscript, payable in advance. Understand that it takes several hours to merely read a book-length manuscript, especially one that has not been previously edited, and several hours to do the writing of the critique.

Copywriting:

  Involves the research of subject material and the writing of the article, blog, website text or document. The writing may expand and expound upon the rough draft of the original writer, in order to establish the tone and style required. Includes ghostwritten articles published under the name of the client.

Ghostwriting:

  The writing of a book of fiction (any genre), nonfiction, including memoirs, based upon material provided by the client. May include considerable research for facts, statistics, recent research studies or whatever other information is needed to provide authenticity, accuracy, inspiration , credibility, and a reader relationship that has the ability to create sales and, in turn, author esteem.

Estimates:

  FREE sample evaluation and price estimate: For most projects, I can estimate the number of hours required for the type of editing needed, with an examination of the first several pages of an article or the entire manuscript of a novel or two chapters and a synopsis of a book-length nonfiction manuscript. On some projects, the hourly rate/charge can be adjusted to an agreed upon flat fee, as determined by the number of double-spaced manuscript pages, the topic of the document, the amount of editing needed, and time constraints (do you need an overnight or time-sensitive editing for an article or business document? a deadline for submission to an agent or publisher for a book-length manuscript?). With this information, I can usually estimate a range; the final charge will not exceed the top figure of my estimate, unless the author changes course or adds material.  The flat fee is based upon one editing of the highest quality possible. Additional editing requires an added fee. There is no risk on your part for a free, no-obligation evaluation and cost estimate.

  For a firm job quote, I must see the project in its entirety. I must see the entire fiction manuscript to determine effectiveness of climax scene, last chapters, and the presentation and complexity of the protagonist's problem.

Payment Structure:  

  For projects of any size and any degree of copyediting service, the following payment structure is strictly applied ,after we have discussed editing and payment options:

  • 1/3 of projected total in advance, before copyediting or writing begins

  • 1/3 of projected total, before second third of the project is completed and delivered

  • Final amount, upon completion of the project, based on actual time spent on project (this amount may be more or less than the first two payments), paid in advance, before the completed project is delivered

  • Where a flat fee for a business project has been negotiated, the same schedule applies: 1/3 up front, 1/3 before the second third of the project is completed, and the final third upon completion, before it is delivered.

  • Repeat and well-known business clients may pay entire amount (POD), after completion.

Types of Payment Accepted: 

  For most clients, payment is made through the use of a debit or credit card or personal check to my account with PayPal; a personal or bank draft (in US $$ only) is also accepted.  

For local and repeat clients or major corporations, a company/ personal check will be accepted in agreed upon terms (POD) after work is completed.  Most clients pay directly into my PayPal account.

Credit Card and Personal Check Transfer via PayPal:  For the convenience of everyone, I have established an account with PayPal.com, "a free person-to-person payment service that makes sending money as easy as sending e-mail." You may pay via a personal check or with a credit or debit card on a secure server.  Simply charge your credit card for the exact amount you stipulate.  The money is placed into my account, and I begin my editing services.  Within five minutes or less, both your needs and mine are satisfied.  It is less time-consuming than sending paper checks or making wire transfers. Unlike sending a check, which can take days to clear, PayPal transactions clear instantly.  The service is absolutely FREE for consumers and a strict security policy is enforced.  The service has received a five-star rating from every major financial journal (Forbes, Smart Money, etc.) and PC journals.  Purchased by e-Bay in 2002, it is the most widely used service by small business and auction customers internationally. 

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING ICON/BANNER AND YOU WILL BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO MY ACCOUNT. SIMPLY FILL IN THE FEW BLANKS WITH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AND THE PAYMENT IS MADE WITH NO ADDITIONAL FEES BY YOU. MY ACCOUNT NAME IS: JOHANSON CONSULTING AS ACECOPYEDITING.COM. 

                          

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Copyright of Original Material:

  Your work of fiction or nonfiction is "copyrighted" as soon as you write it, and you have nothing to be concerned about, but you can use the "poor man's copyright" method, by mailing yourself a dated copy of your manuscript.  Do not open the envelope, upon receipt.  The postmark on the package serves as your copyright and is legally binding.  The use of  the ALT key plus "0169" on your numeric keypad makes a copyright symbol, but agents and publishers consider a statement of copyright or a symbol on your work as a sign of an amateur writer!  Remember that ideas and titles cannot be copyrighted, only the original writing that makes up the document.

I have been in business for fifteen years and have worked with writers/authors/clients from many countries. First-time book authors should not be hesitant to attach their entire book manuscript for editing consideration. I have read hundreds over the years and have no time to appropriate original or edited material.

How to Send Text:

  MOST CLIENTS SEND ENTIRE PROJECTS VIA AN E-MAIL ATTACHMENT. Upon receipt of the project, I will contact you to present an estimate of costs and to discuss the various editing, revision, and payment options. 

  I no longer take phone calls from potential/new clients for two reasons: when I am working on another client's document or book project, I need uninterrupted time and focus; and, I cannot make a judgment regarding time required for a project or an estimate of cost without first seeing the project with my eyes. That's because every writer has a wide variety of writing mechanics' skills and both fiction and nonfiction books must have industry standards of structure, style, and originality of material.

Policy:

  At any time during the project, if either of us decide our relationship or expectations differ from those assumed during the initial contact, either one of us or both may cancel the project, AFTER payment has been made for work completed. All copyediting or copywriting is fulfilled to the best of my ability and according to the Code of Fair Practice.

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Johanson Consulting as ACE Copyediting.com
Nancy O. Johanson, Freelance Copy Editor,
Proofreader, Copywriter and Ghostwriter
108A Ruelle Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209
E-mail: nancy@acecopyediting.com 
Business Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST

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