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02-04-2014, 04:41 AM
This is for any editors here or those that have worked with them. I'm not asking any editors to publicly reveal how much they typically charge (unless they choose to), but I would like to get an idea of what to look for. I know not all editors are the same, nor are the jobs they work on but I'm mostly looking for a ball park figure. If I just want an editor to take a look at a script for revisions and such, how much should I expect to pay? If I want an editor for an ongoing series I hope to self publish, what should I be expected to pay?

I hold editors in high regard and I like to think I have a good idea of what they do, but I also think that only editors know exactly how much work editors do. Because of that, I'm having trouble imagining how much I can expect to pay a good editor.

The Comic Dr
02-04-2014, 06:45 AM
You'd need to be more specific than 'script revisions and such' when referring to what you want looked at. I always ask specifically what the author wants looked attended to and what stage the project is at. Copy editing a ready to print (almost) final draft won't take as long as story editing a first draft.

Of course the length of the script/comic and whether it is text heavy also makes a difference in time spent editing.

I'd be happy to discuss your project and possible budget via email - thecomicdr@gmail.com

Hope to hear from you.

The Comic Dr

02-04-2014, 07:15 AM
Story editing, giving notes on what works and what doesn't work as far as the storytelling is concerned is what I was trying to say.

Steven Forbes
02-04-2014, 08:15 AM
Hey, Colby.

I've talked extensively about the creative process, as well as working with editors and what they do, at ComixTribe. Here are some links.

The Creative Team (http://www.comixtribe.com/2011/01/25/bn-week-5-the-creative-team/)

Working With An Editor Pt 1
Working With An Editor Pt 2 (http://www.comixtribe.com/2011/08/16/bn-week-34-working-with-an-editor-pt-2/)

Editorial Goals (http://www.comixtribe.com/2012/10/09/bn-week-94-be-a-better-creator-editorial-goals/)

Editorial Flow (http://www.comixtribe.com/2013/03/05/bn-week-115-editorial-flow/)

That should get you started. Might give you some insight as to what we do and how we can help. Pricing depends on the editor.

Like the Comic Dr, I can be reached through email. It's in my signature, as is a link to my site. There is a lot of information there. Take a look around.

Hope that helps you.

The Comic Dr
02-04-2014, 08:21 AM
Sure. I understand, but again how much charged will also depend on how well the story is written. If there's little to change then the editing won't take as long.

I give extensive notes - an overall report, depending on what the client wants, this tends to run on average between 4-10 pages - and also notes within the script pointing out and clarifying ideas.

So after that, again it's difficult to say what you would expect to pay as it may come in less and it may come in more. I like to put a cap on my pricing so you know the most you'll pay.