Freelance Copy Editing with Gabi Plumm
This website provides insight into my editing style for different types of work:
- website text
- school year book articles
- magazine articles
- resumés and cover letters
- and many other forms of writing that require good grammar and precise punctuation to give your work the cachet of professionalism.
I have been a copy editor for six years after having written a few books, rather badly, and deciding that I wanted to learn how to write well. No one was more surprised than I when I discovered I was a better editor than a writer. But oddly, the more I edit the better writer I become. Who could have foreseen that?
After four years at Griffiths University in Brisbane, I emerged, aged 63, with a BA in Creative Writing, English, and Editing… and here I am, open for business!
My editing style may not be unusual but it’s the way I like to work:
- You send me your manuscript (no matter how long or short or how many words)
- I read it (sometimes editing little bits and pieces because I can’t keep my red pen in my pocket)
- Then I write an appraisal report which includes the manuscript’s strengths and weakness, its genre and target market, and an idea of how long it will take to edit it
- Then I suggest that, if you are happy with my report and my fee, we arrange a style guide of our own, so that we know exactly what we are doing (check the page on Editing Services for details of style guides)
- Once we are agreed on all the important points, I get to work
- I usually work two or three chapters at a time through Microsoft Track Changes (if it is a novel we’re working on), then I send you two copies: 1 the red-pen version with all the suggested changes and comments, and 2. the clean version where all the changes have been made but comments may still exist in their red balloons
- You check the work, reject or accept the changes, then send the work back to me
- At the end of this process we are in a position to view the whole manuscript, and once again we go through it with a find tooth-comb, this is the final edit.
One author recently said of my work: Once again thanks. Am thrilled with how the story looks and reads. Appreciate your attention to detail. Hope you’re available for future work as its been a pleasure working with you.
There’s nothing like an author’s acknowledgement… and return business.
Contact me if you’d like to discuss your novel-to-be.
Below is a rough fee guide but all fees are negotiable so call me for an estimate.
Copy editing: $60 per hour, 2 – 5 pages per hour
Proofreading: $45 per hour, 3 – 6 pages per hour
A page is gauged at 250 words double space Times New Roman.
Blogs/Articles $30 per 600 word page. Add $10 per 100 thereafter.
Novel/short story manuscripts: Can be priced on estimate editing time or per word.
E.g: 100,000 words for $2500
40,000 words for $1000
Special discounts for repeat clients.