Writing and Editing Services: Market Prices

My Persuasive Presentations, LLC

Writing, Editing, Reviewing and Presentation Development Prices and Services

Fee Guidelines Based on Writers’ Market and Writers’ Digest as Industry Guidelines

Headshot of Nancy Wyatt with her brown hair in a bun, wearing a pink and black suit with black earrings, Owner and setting prices for My Persuasive Presentations, LLCMy prices for you may be the same or entirely different from the industry standards. I base my fees on what we discuss in your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. That discussion includes how I evaluate samples you send me in terms of the amount of time and complexity involved in my doing your project.

I am providing the industry information below to give you an idea of what the market standards are. I hope it also will help demonstrate the wide variety of editing services, each of which requires different skills and time commitments. If you need detailed information about what kinds of editing services you require, Click Here.

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Below are the Writing/Editing Industry Fee Guidelines, Based On Writers’ Market and Writers’ Digest.

Differing rates, terms, or an exchange of services  may apply as set forth in a contract or Memo of Understanding

Formats and Transmission of Deliverables

images of various social media iconsUnless otherwise specified, deliverables are created and delivered in Word documents, JPEG formats, PowerPoint presentations, or videos created from PowerPoints or a combination thereof.

(As technologies evolve, we might choose to use other software, e.g., Prezi, etc. However, I am proficient in creating animated PowerPoint presentations, so that is the media used for many of my off-the-shelf products.)

In contractual instances, I will post your products on specified social media platforms.


Consulting Fees

Free Initial Consultation: (overview of project, deadlines, end product)

We’ll discuss:

figures shaking hands through computer screens on fee charges

    • who your target audience is by demographics (age, occupation, interest group, ethnicity)
    • what problem you are trying to solve or what opportunity you want to create
    • how you define your specific communication goal for this particular document/speech
    • what your theme is
    • which kind of style you want the content to be: formal or informal (entertaining, informative, documentation, contesting fees or charges, etc.)
    • where the presentation will be made public (e.g., is it a performance, or web content, or a written publication)
    • when the project is due
    • how long the product should be (number of pages, number of words, number of minutes for a speech, etc.)
    • whether the files can be transmitted electronically, etc. (this will save costs)
    • if you want a follow-up survey to be designed to determine effectiveness or changes

Subsequent Consultations: (if needed, very detailed, collaborative working sessions and exchanges of materials).  $60/hr., minimum fee = 1 hour


Contract Signing – Non-Refundable Deposit – and Final Fee Payment Terms

shaking hands in agreement on price and feesTypically, a non-refundable fee of 25% of the total projected price is required at contract signing, payable by cash, Cashier’s Check, or by electronic funds transfer to my bank.  (A 50% down payment is required for online orders.)  This amount will be applied to the total fees due for goods and services.  Upon receipt of that payment, work will begin on your project.  The balance is due upon receipt of the final product(s), which will be transmitted to you upon my receipt of your payment.  Differing arrangements will be by contract.


Prices for Materials and Administrative Fees

  • Materials: paper, cards, postage, etc. will be charged at cost (+ time, if the latter is applicable)
  • Electronic Files: most files of drafts,  revisions and final products will be transmitted electronically to reduce costs and to enhance productivity for both parties.
  • Hard Copy Files:
    • A single hard copy file of documents and presentations may be delivered to the client, upon request. Note: this does NOT include infographics for presenters to use at retreats, training sessions, conferences, etc. Customers must print their own copies. I supply only JPEG, PowerPoint, and video versions.
    • Multiple copies will be printed by the client at the client’s expense.
    • A delivery service charge ($10 – $35) may be applicable, depending on delivery location.

Miscellaneous Fees

Upcharges for rush job = +$10% – 25%     Upcharge for keyword stuffing = +10%


Prices for Editing & Book or Document Reviews

  • Basic Editing (non-technical) Proofreading: $30/hr. (minimum 1 hour)
    • You provide the text, and I “clean it up” (correct grammar, spelling, word usage, etc.)
    • This typically applies only to people who are good writers and simply need “a second pair of eyes” for proofreading and making a small number of corrections.)
  • Intermediate to Complex Editing (non-technical Proofreading): $60/hr. (minimum 1 hour)
    • You provide the text, and I correct grammar, spelling, word usage, and also rearrange paragraphs, make decisions about deleting, rewording, adding text, etc.
  • Developmental Editing (from initial concept to page): $50 – $80/hr. (minimum 1 hour)
  • Revisions After First Draft: ($20-$60/hr. or more depending on time and complexity)
  • Book or Document Reviews: I review the document for you, making suggestions, without making corrections.  Hourly rate of $30 – $100/hr.  (Typically, lower-end cost.)
  • Fact-Checking: Hourly rate of $15-$50/hr.  Minimum cost $30.

Biographies, Company History

$500 – $50,00   It all depends on complexity, length, research, and travel involved.


Books and eBooks:

  • $30 – $60 per page
  • Indexing $3 to $6 per page

Brochures and Flyers

  • Brochures: $300 – $2,500, depending on complexity.
  • Typical Average cost = between $500 – $750 for brochure
  • Flyers: $120 – 300 per flyer

Business Plans

$1,000 – $5000   As always, it depends on length, complexity, and whether you did the necessary research or must I.


Document Creation (Business and Personal Correspondence, Proposals,  etc.)

(includes one consultation, if needed, after free initial consult + 2 revision drafts)  (Additional changes/drafts will generate additional charges)

books and a laptop for writing research

  • Base Price: Minimum of  $120 or on a per-page basis (typically $60/page)
  • Basic Writing (e.g., correspondence, blogs): you provide the theme, concepts, or talking points, and I create a document in Word.  Price Range: $120 and, perhaps, an amount per hour or per project, depending on length and degree of difficulty
  • Complex Writing (e.g., proposals, business plans): you provide the theme, concepts, or talking points, and I do research, create graphs or pictures, etc.   The final product is in Word.  Price Range:  $120 plus an amount per hour or per project, depending on the volume of research, length of presentation and degree of complexity.

Form Letter Composition (Human Resources, Administration, Policy Manuals)

  • Standard: I add your logo, address, revision date, and very few minor changes.  I own the template and keep a file, in case you want additional revisions; but you receive a file, which you can revise, as needed.  You may not resell the template.
  • Customized: you provide your needs (requires a paid consultation at the hourly rate), and I customize the form for you.
  • Full Service Forms Analysis For Small Businesses: requires one or more paid consultations at the hourly rate, and we determine your company’s needs for forms, after which I provide standard or customized forms per the above guidelines.

Legal Documents (Contracts, Wills, DNR Orders)

  • Standard: I add your logo, address, revision date, and very few minor changes.  I own the template and keep a file, in case you want additional revisions; but you receive a file, which you can revise, as needed. You may not resell the template.
  • Customized: you provide your needs (requires a paid consultation at the hourly rate), and I customize the form for you.
  • Full Service Forms Analysis For Small Businesses: requires one or more paid consultations at the hourly rate, and we determine your company’s needs for forms, after which I provide standard or customized forms per the above guidelines.

Lesson Plans and  Syllabi

$10-$20 per page


Minute-Taking and Transcription

I am present at your meeting; taking notes, transcribing and submitting them to you + revisions and resubmission.

Detailed Notes = $60/hour

Summary Action Items Only:  $60 + $30 per hour after the first hour


Newsletters

$200 – $1000 per issue


PowerPoint Presentations

  • Base Price: $150  (up to 10 simple narrative slides)
  • Basic (10+ slides): you provide the theme, concepts, or talking points, and I create a presentation – Price Range:  $150 and, perhaps, an amount per hour or per project, depending on length and complexity.
  • Complex (10+ slides): you provide the theme, concepts, or talking points, and I do research, create graphs or pictures, special effects, etc.   Price Range:  $150 plus a price per hour or per project, depending on length and complexity.
  • Typical price per hour or per page is $60, variable, depending on complexity and research required

Fees for Resumes

$200 – $500. The price is dependent on the complexity of short resumes. If you want a general, one-page resume which does not require matching keywords to advertisements, the process is far less time-consuming and, therefore, is less expensive. If keywords, from one or more advertisements, must be added, the cost increases accordingly. People with vast experience often require multiple-page resumes, which also increases the fee.

keyboard, pencils. A hand makes editing notes affecting the project price

My Professional Resume Package is more expensive. Options include a chronological resume, a functional resume, a cover letter, and a thank you letter. I determine prices by the level of complexity and time involved in the work, how much keyword “stuffing” is required for each job application, and how much technical jargon is involved. It can take up to a 40-hour week to create technical language, incorporating specific advertisement keywords into a naturally flowing resume and cover letter. It is a “big no-no” just to copy and paste from an ad, so you need to be good at working in the language, or you can hire me for that tedious work. My clients have had excellent results. Click Here for a sample testimonial.  Nancy Wyatt


Speeches and Scripts (Not Involving PowerPoint or Similar Media)

The Writer’s Market suggests a minimum rate of $2700 for a 30-minute speech which equates to $90/minute of the speech.  My rates are more like $60/speech-minute. That yields a total of $1,800 for the project, depending on the degree of research and difficulty involved. It could be far less. I write fast and type fast; but, I do a lot of editing. Also, I may have to research and/or pay for pictures, depending on the nature of the presentation and whether it is formatted as a Word document or is in PowerPoint or similar form.

Speeches may be written for situations like business meetings, educational (class or small interest group) gatherings, weddings, holidays, birthdays, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, retirements, eulogies, toasts.

  • Wedding, Introductory, and Short Special Event Speeches – $60 – $120 (price includes revisions)
  • For All Other Types, there will be a minimum of 1 consultation at an hourly rate $60 (minimum 1 hour) Revision costs are included thereafter in the prices below.

Prices for Scripts and Web Content

Scripts

  • Short Presentations or Scripts – 3 – 6 minutes
    • Correct Text You Provide: See editing and document review
    • Create from Scratch: $120 – $360 Basic
    • Research Involved: $300 – $600
  • Medium Length Presentations or Scripts – 15 – 30 minutes
    • Correct Text You Provide: See editing and document review
    • Create From Scratch: $900 – $1,800
      • Research Involved:
      • Complex (graphs, etc.)
    • Lengthy Presentations or Scripts – 40 minutes – 1 hour
      • Correct Text You Provide: See editing and document review
      • Create From Scratch: $2,400 – $3,600
        • Research Involved
        • Complex (graphs, etc.)

Web Content

  • Blogs
    • Basic Writing: you provide a theme, concepts, or talking points, and I create a document in Word.  Price Range: $60 – $120 and, perhaps, an amount per hour or per project, depending on length, research required, and degree of difficulty.  200 word, one time blogs = $60.  A contract for on-going blog writing = less per blog, based on the number of blogs per month.
    • Blog Editing: $30 per page
  • Pages Intended to Educate and Sell Products or Services
    • Complex Writing (e.g., landing pages, sales pages, etc.): you provide a theme, concepts, or talking points, and I create language, do research, create graphs or pictures, etc.   The final product is in Word.  Price Range:  $120 per page (plus an amount per hour or per project, depending on the volume of research, length of presentation and degree of complexity).  Price agreed upon by contract.
    • Web Page Review With Comments For Improvement – $60 per page

List of Pricing from Writers’ Digest

http://freelancewrite.about.com/od/finances/a/Freelance-Writing-Rates-List.htm

  • Advertising/Copywriting Mail Pieces (no graphics): $300 to $3000+
  • Advertising/Copywriting Sales Letter: $150 to $2000
  • Articles (news, or with significant research, web-based): $15-50 per page
  • Articles (magazines): $150 to $5000+
  • Articles (content/keyword): $15 to $50
  • Articles (newspapers): $75 to $1000
  • Books (ghostwriting): $25-$80 per page, $5000 to $20,000+
  • Book Reviews: $2 to $100
  • Book Summaries: $250 to $500 per book
  • Brochures (no graphics work): $300-$2500
  • Business Plans: $500 to $5000+
  • Editorial Management (magazine/per issue): $500 to $5000
  • Grant Writing: $200-$5000+
  • Newsletters: $200 to $1000
  • Press releases: $200 to $500
  • Resumes: $200 to $500
  • Scripts: $1000 to $20,000+

Freelance Writing Rates By Hour

  • Advertising Copywriting: $45-$100/hr
  • Copyediting: $30-$70/hr
  • Developmental Editing: $50-$80/hr
  • Editorial on Call: $20-$150/hr
  • Fact-Checking: $15-$50/hr
  • Ghostwriting: $40-$100/hr
  • Indexing: $30-$70/hr
  • Line Editing: $40-$70/hr
  • Proofreading: $25-$60/hr
  • Proposals Grants: $40-$80/hr
  • Tech Editing: $30-$90/hr
  • Technical Writing: $40-$100/hr
  • Web Content :$10-$90/hr
  • White Papers: $100-$200/hr

Freelance Writing Rates By Word or Page

  • E-books: $10-$35 per page
  • Indexing: $3 to $6 per page
  • Lesson Plans: $10-$20 per page

Miscellaneous Charges for Freelance Writing

  • Upcharge for rush: +10%-25%
  • Upcharge for keyword stuffing +10%
  • Down payment: 10% for companies, publishers, 25% for individuals/authors

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-genre/articles-freelance/flat-fees-vs-hourly-rates


In Conclusion….

Plan A is that I will update the contents of this page periodically, as I check on the Writers’ Market and other industry publications to determine the latest standard prices and fees for writing and editing. I cannot promise how often I’ll do that. In any case, your cost is dependent on what we discover during the free initial consultation that I provide. I hope this helps you evaluate my services in comparison with the costs of alternatives.

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