Concerned that you can’t afford great editing?
When you hire Editor Kae Bender, you needn’t worry.
My rates are affordable, and my services are guaranteed.
All services are by contract. Use the contact form to sign up for editing, redrafting, or proofreading, to apply for coaching, or just to ask a question. Standard rates are described below. You can apply to be added to my editing, redrafting, or proofreading queue using the contact form; fee estimates are based on the number of pages in your original draft. (Standard page is 250 words per page.) Upon acceptance, I will return submission instructions to you by email; after my initial review of your draft, I will email a Service Agreement. For coaching, you must apply for an assessment. Upon coaching acceptance, package prices are negotiated and set by Service Agreement contract.
Downpayment for your service request is half the estimated fee unless otherwise specified in the Service Agreement. Payment indicates acceptance of the Service Agreement and must be submitted at the time you submit your working draft; instructions for acceptable payment forms will be provided in the Service Agreement.
Final payment is due at the time of report completion. If revised drafts are submitted, the final payment due is the remainder of the original estimate plus any added total pages or added services. Final payment of the remainder (plus additions) is due when you are notified that my report is prepared. You will receive my report by return email once your payment has been processed. All results are guaranteed.
Typical standard fees are listed below.
Single Item Feedback Rates:
First 500 words – $25
Each additional 500 words – $5
Single Item Polishing Rates:
First 500 words – $50
Each additional 500 words – $5
Your satisfaction is guaranteed. As a special bonus, if I find NO errors, you’ll get a 20% reduction in the fee.
Speed Proofreading Rate:
75 cents per page, with $75 minimum (this can be multiple items)
Results are guaranteed. As a special bonus, if I find NO errors, you’ll get a 10% reduction in the fee.
Standard Proofreading Rate:
$1 per page, with $100 minimum (this can be multiple items)
Results are guaranteed. As a special bonus, if I find NO errors, you’ll get a 5% reduction in the fee.
Light Editing Rates:
$1.50 per page, with $150 minimum (this can be multiple items)
I guarantee your satisfaction. As a special bonus, if I find NO needed improvements to suggest or errors in your copy, you’ll get a 5% reduction in the fee and a 25% discount on your final proofing.
Developmental Editing/Consulting Rates:
Developmental projects are by quote; for drafted work, you can figure an estimate at $2 per page
Redrafting rates depend on the number and complexity of required changes. An estimate will be provided to you based on a cursory review; the estimate may be revised at any time as the redrafting process gets underway, depending on the number and complexity of changes actually needed. The downpayment covers the minimum charge for material up to 25,000 words (this can be multiple items). Single item redrafting is also available, with lesser minimum charges as noted.
Single item minimum, up to 5,000 words $100
Single item minimum, up to 10,000 words $150
Minimum, up to 20,000 words $250
Additional minimum 20,001 words and up – add 2 cents per word over 20,000
Minimal changes – no additional charge
Simple changes – add $1 per changed page
Complex changes – add $1.50 per changed page
Substantive changes – add $2 per changed page
Note: 1 page is based on 1 page of copy as formatted in the draft, up to the standard 250 words.
Minimal changes – Fixing a typo or punctuation
Simple changes – Basic reorganization of sentences
Complex changes – Reorganization of entire section; conversion of copy to dialogue; addition of actions, reactions, and emotions
Substantive changes – Movement of content from one section to another, with accompanying adjustments of surrounding content; total revision or rewrite of section; complete draft of new content
Accountability Coaching rates depend on your choices for assistance. The basic fee covers reminders and check-ins by email; interactions for planning, assignments, accountability feedback, or other arranged or emergency assistance add a per-consultation fee. Comprehensive Accountability Coaching includes up to five standard consultation add-ons per month. Standard consultation add-ons are 20-minute time blocks; additional 15-minute time blocks add an additional fee.
Basic Accountability Coaching $50/month
• Add-on fees of $50 added per standard consultation and $25 added for each additional time block
Comprehensive Accountability Coaching $250/month
• Add-on fees of $25 added for each additional time block
Monthly fees are billed one week before your current month expires; add-on fees are billed weekly.
Coaching packages depend on the complexity and duration of your service request. An application and assessment are required before a Coaching contract will be offered.The Application Fee will be refunded if a contract is not offered; it will be applied to the contract downpayment if a contact is offered. Each session’s completed homework must be submitted before the next session is scheduled. Typical standard fees are shown.
Application Fee $100
Minimum Downpayment to secure your acceptance $500
6 session Coaching Package (up to 3 months) $1000
9 session Coaching Package (up to 3 months) $1250
12 session Coaching Package (up to 6 months) $1500
24 session Coaching Package (up to 6 months) $2400
I generally work exclusively on one editing or redrafting project at a time so that I can keep all details of the draft clear. Because there are often several works in the queue for editing, proofing, and redrafting, your work cannot always be accepted immediately. If you would like to be accepted next, you can request priority status for an additional $25. If no one is in the queue, there is no additional charge.
I generally work at a steady, comfortable pace so that I can focus on a quality result. If you would like your work completed at a faster rate, you can request expedited status for an additional $25.
If you are interested in both editing and proofreading for your written materials or a combination with or of more than one of the other services, a special pricing arrangement can be negotiated. Use the contact form to describe your specific needs.
If you need an extended period to complete payment for services, this can be negotiated.