This part is easy. I charge per hour. If the work is simpler, I am faster. The more complex, the more skill and experience (and time) brought to bear. Project fees for larger assignments can be negotiated.
Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it —wholeheartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
It’s intriguing to guess what Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch would have made of today’s corporate-speak. The Englishman who famously advised writers to “murder your darlings” might have wreaked homicidal havoc on jargon-strewn documentation.
Herein lies the task of the modern editor that sets him/her at odds with the Edwardian purist: to be unsentimental – ruthless even – yet still sympathetic with the client’s sensibilities and needs.
I mention Quiller-Couch to make the point that good editing is not a matter of high-minded culling; rather, it’s about paying careful attention to every element comprising the whole.
Removing repetitions and redundant phrases, for example, can have a dramatic effect on the clarity and accessibility of the entire document, story or blog. Transforming passive voice breathes life into timid prose. Inspired new angles break any tedium. And that’s before ensuring the writing flows logically towards the aims of the document.