Our rates are based on standards summarized by the American Editorial Freelancers Association, which you can find here. Prices below are in Canadian dollars.

TYPE OF EDITINGApproximate page rate*Cost
Proofreading9–13 ms pgs/hr$40/hr
Basic copy editing5–10 ms pgs/hr$40/hr
Heavy copy editing2–5 ms pgs/hr$50/hr
Line (Stylistic) Editing1–5 ms pgs/hr$50/hr
Substantive or Structural Editing1–5 ms pgs/hr$40/hr
Developmental / Whole Project Editing1–5 ms pgs/hr$50/hr
Rewriting1–3 ms pgs/hr$40/hr
Picture and Art Research $50/hr
Fact Checking, Research & Reference Checking $50/hr
Communication, consultation, meetings $40/hr

* These are approximate rates. The work necessary to complete different jobs can vary considerably due to multiple factors. Rates may change (up or down) once a project has begun, and we will notify you as soon as we have a better understanding of the final cost and any changes that may need to be made.

Manuscript Critique

Before moving on to detailed editing, it’s essential to get a big-picture assessment of major issues with a manuscript. This exhaustive examination of the manuscript provides you with everything you need to make changes to the foundation of your work. You will receive a lot of feedback.

Word CountCost
First 10,000 words$100
Each additional 1000 words$6
100,000+ wordsGet a quote

Types of Editing

Generally, we define types of editing as they are laid out by Editors Canada (of which we are member). Stylistic editing, more commonly known as line editing, has been modified, below.

Developmental / Whole Project Editing
Co-ordinating and editing a project from proposal or rough manuscript to final manuscript, incorporating input from authors, consultants and reviewers. May include budgeting, hiring, design supervision and project co-ordination.

Substantive or Structural Editing
Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. Changes to the manuscript may be suggested to, or drafted for, the author. May include negotiating changes with the author.

Line (Stylistic) Editing
Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. May include Canadianizing; metrication; providing or changing system of citations; writing or editing captions and/or credit lines; checking for consistency of details; checking or correcting reading level; creating or recasting tables and/or figures; negotiating changes with author.

Creating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript on the basis of content and research supplied by an author. May include research and writing original material.

Copy Editing
Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of language.

Copy editing is separated into Basic and Heavy, depending on the estimated level of work required.

Picture and Art Research
Locating suitable photos and/or artwork. May include obtaining camera-ready reproductions; preparing descriptions, working sketches and/or artist’s references or co-ordinates for illustrations, maps and diagrams; supervising production of final artwork; obtaining releases from and/or conducting financial negotiations with picture sources and artists; preparing labels, captions and sources.

Fact Checking, Research & Reference Checking
Checking accuracy of facts and/or quotes by reference to original sources used by author and/or from other sources.

Checking final copy of an already edited manuscript before print or publication.


Rush Service – +25%

For projects which need to be completed with a very quick turnaround. Additional cost subject to change based on how fast the turnaround time needs to be. 


Volume discounts are available for multiple projects. Get a quote.