I plan to self publish a book (non fiction). Currently I have 150.000 characters, but when it's done I will end up with around 250.000. I am not a native english speaker but write the book in english, so I want to pay somebody to edit my book. Although my target audience are software developers, it is an "pretty easy" read for everybody. It is basically non-technical, more explaining "how to" work instead of "how to solve technical problems".
I have learned you can have an editor in two ways:
- Editors for proof reading, grammar correction etc only
- Editors who does 1) plus giving tipps on improving the readability, caring on logical errors etc
I have already learned how I might find a native speaking editor. I would like to calculate the expenses for my book but do not know how much an Editor takes for such a job and how long it would take to complete it. Some raw estimations from your experience would be great.
Because comments to this question explained me that nobody calculates in Characters (except me :-)), I counted words:
The current document has around 30.000 words, but I expect around 50.000 when it is ready. When I copy the text into Word for Mac, it shows me 49 pages. I tend to think they will become around 90 when I am done.