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Freelance Editing and Rates

Celina Summers has been a professional editor since 2007. Since then, she has edited everything from legal briefs to epic novels and everything in between. She has served as an acquisitions editor and a content editor, was the founder and editor of a speculative fiction magazine, and has worked as the managing editor at two publishing houses. She has worked with debut authors, RITA and RWA award winning writers, and NYT/USA Today bestsellers. Her primary focus is upon content and developmental editing. 


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Know the standard accepted rates for freelance editing--

Editorial Freelance Association


Gini Koch, author of DAW Books' Kitty Katt Alien Series, Goodreads Choice Best Science Fiction Nominee:  "Celina Summers is an excellent editor. Fast, accurate, with good suggestions and an understanding of the industry, including what turns agents and editors on and off. Highly recommended."

Helen Hardt, NYT/USA Today bestselling author of The Steel Brothers Saga:

​"I've been in this business for ten years, and I've worked with my share of editors. Celina Summers is simply the best. She'll dig into your manuscript and identify any problems with plot, conflict, characterization, and point of view, as well as clean up style, grammar, and word choice. I've been privileged to work with her on many of my manuscripts, and she has played an integral part in my growth as an author. Hire Celina. You won't be disappointed."

Cindi Myers, award-winning Harlequin author:   "Celina Summers is an excellent, insightful editor. I have worked with at least a dozen professional editors in my career and Celina was one of those whom I felt definitely improved my writing. Plus, she was a pleasure to work with."

Award-winning Paranormal and Romance author Lizzie Leaf:   "Celina Summers edited most of my books with two different publishers. Opening her edits was always a learning experience. She is tough, but fair, and didn’t attempt to change my author voice or style."

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Book Editing rates
(all based upon average of 250 words per page)

Client evaluation--free: Will evaluate the first chapter of your manuscript to determine what type of editing the MS requires and to establish an editorial plan.  Not all clients evaluated will be ready for editing--and this evaluation will be determine that. Not all MSS submitted for evaluation will be accepted as clients, but the evaluation will be fair and honest.

Basic edit-- single editorial pass: proofreading (typos and spelling errors), copy editing (grammar, syntax, construction), and a style edit (continuity, awkward phrasing, eliminate slang and cliche, and generally polish tone and language) -- 
$.025 per word

Content edit--single editorial pass: basic edit, plus analysis and recommendations on character development and dynamics, plot arcs, voice and point of view, dialogue, description, use of language and style. Will flag things that don't work and make recommendations on how to address the issue. 
$.030 per word 

Developmental edit--two editorial passes: Content editing pass, author makes corrections and returns the MS for a second editing pass. Will also identify writer tics--authorial pet phrases, constructions, structures, rhythms, and habits. 
$.035 per word

Deep developmental edit--multiple editorial passes. Two developmental editing passes with corrections. Deep plot analysis. Final proofing/content edit. 
$.040 per word

Author mentoring--perfect for the indie author. This creates a developmental relationship between the author and an editor, which affords a writer the necessary guidance to build stronger writing habits and a career. Includes regular email communication and counseling. Cost will depend upon the writer's needs 
Flat monthly fee -- email for rates

Other Editing Rates:

Proofing edit for articles/blogs/op eds/columns-- $2 per page

Proofing edit for articles/blogs/op eds/columns 2000-5000 words: $ 2.50 per page

Rush edit--can turn over any article/blog/op eds/columns under 10,000 words in 2 hours with notice $3.00 per page

Website copyediting-- flat rate $15.00 per hour (does not include coding)

Ghostwriting--please contact via email

Copyediting mentor--will copyedit all your articles each month. Flat monthly rate, please contact via email


Contact Celina at

kaantira (at)

Please put "editing" in subject line.

What Celina will NOT do:

Rewrite your manuscript.

Research your facts.

Write your term paper.

"Correct" your editor's work at the publisher who has contracted your book.