Saturday, June 18, 2011

Writer's Block: How much freelance editors should charge

Let's get down to business. The Editorial Freelancers Association updated its freelance editorial rates.

Here's the excerpt:

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

Why is this important? Well if you're in journalism, chances are, you aren't being paid a lot. We've all been there. In fact, some of us are still there. Knowing a standard rate can help journalists/editors negotiate in this rapidly evolving market.

Stuff Journalists Like discuss this in further detail. Here's a great excerpt from their piece on NOT writing and editing for free:

People don’t do this with other professions. People don’t ask doctors to perform operations for free or ask firefighters, “Hey, can you put out this brushfire for my niece?”