• Megan Joseph

Wait, you charge what for editing?

Answers to the most common questions I get related to pricing.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your holidays were filled with joy and laughter, and that you're energized to begin a new journey this year! I know I am! It's been a whole year since I've posted anything on this blog; I know, shame on me. I'm planning to rectify that this year though, and have committed to writing a few blogs each week. Most will be resources for authors who want to improve their craft and answers to common questions. To start the year off right, here I am! Same editor, same services, and same pricing.

Speaking of pricing, some of the most frequently asked questions I get are related to my rates. Specifically, people want to know why my prices are so affordable and why I refuse to raise them. The answer is simple. When I started editing as a full-time career about three years ago (whew, time flies!) I saw there were so many talented authors who had incredible storylines but grammatical errors negatively impacted the strength of their manuscripts. Let's be real here, an author can have an intriguing storyline, but after we stumble across the fourth or fifth misspelled word, we're ready to give up on the book. Seeing that was disheartening to me.

In most instances, I don't blame the author at all. They've lived with these books for weeks, months, and sometimes years. Even if they read it multiple times, they're bound to miss something. Quick sidebar: I've often heard people advise authors to just run a spell check, but anyone who is moderately familiar with software like that knows that it will miss critical errors. Grammarly is one of the most eggregious offenders in my opinion, especially as it pertains to works where slang or certain dialects are used. But I digress, let me get back to the topic at hand. When I started editing, my goal was to reach those authors.

After contacting several authors, I found that the lack of editing wasn't by choice. Many authors simply couldn't afford the hundreds or thousands of dollars associated with hiring an editor to look over their manuscript. Those authors were, are, and will always be my target audience. Do I know I could make more money? Absolutely. Yet, I am also keenly aware that there is a segment of people who may not be able to pay for professional editing if I charge the market rate, and I can't abandon them.

Are my prices dirt cheap? Nope. I charge what I think is reasonable. I don't provide $50 editing services because of the time and attention to detail needed to complete the task. However, I also won't charge $500 for a single manuscript either, because most authors I encounter write as a hobby. They still work full-time jobs and have families to care for. My mission is to help them present a high-quality product without breaking the bank.

So, no, my prices won't change. Ever. I can honestly say that there has been no lack of clients. Also, most of my business comes from retained clients, so be advised, if you send me one book, you're going to come back. I'm just that bomb. I kid. I'm not really that arrogant, but I do take a lot of pride in editing. The literary world has given so much to me through the years: books have been my very best friends, my confidants, and my smile on days when I wouldn't otherwise have one. Through editing, I feel like I'm giving something back to an industry that has given so much to me.

Whew, that was a mouth full, and I thank you all for sticking around and listening. I know this post is a little rough, but trust me, they'll get better. I'm a bit rusty because I haven't written much over the last year or so, but keep checking back. I have some great content lined up.

I'd love to hear your feedback, questions and comments. Please let me know if I can assist any of you in any way. I consider it an honor to work with so many amazing authors, and hope to add you to the fold in the near future! Talk to you soon!

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