You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

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I’ll tell you what really grinds my gears. Something I see all the time. It’s that. Right there. That author who wants to pay someone $20-$30 for editing an 89,000-word manuscript.

That’s right. That’s a fixed price, not an hourly wage.

Let’s do some math, shall we? (Never has been my strong suit, but let's make history.) The average editor, according to the Internets, edits 1,000-1,500 words an hour. I can promise you on my life that it wouldn’t take me 89 hours to edit that, so I’m upping it to 2,000 for argument’s sake.

Two thousands words per hour divided by 89,000 words brings us to 44.5 hours.

Edit: Remember when I said I'm bad at math? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, my awesome friend Catie helped me with my math problem. It's actually 45¢ an hour. I had reversed my math, because I'm clearly dyslexic and have no business near a calculator. Moving on!

If this bozo wants to pay me $20, do you know how much that is an hour?

That’s 45¢ an hour.

Let that sink in.

How would you like to earn absolutely nothing while editing a novel?

“But he said it had been edited and combed through already. It can’t be that bad.”

Judging by his grammar, I’m going to disagree and say that having his aunt Lulu from Las Vegas “edit” it is not the same as hiring a professional editor.

Authors: please do the math when it comes to hiring editors. We have to pay bills too.

We are more than just book editors; we are an investment.