Will Editing Break the Bank?

A question from the comments on this post:

Considering the low profits made on LDS books, can you ever break even in royalties to make up for the cost of paying an editor?

Good question. Depends on the book and how well it sells. If you’re with a small press, maybe not. If you’re with one of the larger publishers, then yes, you can make back your editing costs, plus some.

A friend of mine edits for a mid-list LDS author who has her edit every book before she submits it to her publisher. The author’s books are usually around 200-250 pages. My friend charges her by the hour, rather than the page and it’s usually around $150. I don’t know what the author’s book sales average, but she keeps coming back to my friend so I assume it’s worth it to her.

Author: LDS Publisher

I am an anonymous blogger who works in the LDS publishing industry. I blog about topics that help authors seeking publication and about published fiction by LDS authors.

One thought on “Will Editing Break the Bank?”

  1. Once you have a publishing contract, you can write off things like pre-acceptance editing costs. I had a friend who spent almost $2,000 for an edit. That's ridiculous. Google several editing companies and compare prices, etc. before you make any decision.

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