Charge For Your Writing and Editing Services

Charge For Your Writing & Editing Services

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This is NOT an exact science but beyond research, I highly recommend touching base with other writers from your community.  Think about your expenses, your time, rights you will be selling and, what YOU bring to the table as far as experience and the amount of research you will be doing.  Give some thought too as to what the particular market will bear.

You don’t want to undersell yourself just to get the business.  You want to walk away satisfied for what you’ve offered.  However, if the client is reliable and respects your worth, you want them to come back; good clients are hard to find!

This list will prove to be useful for those travelling along their freelance journey:

Seawoman’s 2 Cents: NB. Timely additions in particular re: Content Writing & Marketing

Trends continuing into 2017, show content writing & marketing are HOT – good news for us writers! That’s the core of Seawoman Creative Media‘s business.

  • Content‘s published prices give you an idea with their rates
  • How Much Does Professional Web Content Writing Cost?  by The Content Factory. Click HERE!

Charging for Writing

  • About Freelance Writing has a great post on “Setting Your Fees.” Click HERE!
  • Angela Hoy’s “Writing For Others – What to Charge?” Click HERE!
  • Blog post charging for Freelancers by Carol Tice (excellent one!) Click HERE!
  • Contently’s 2015 Freelance Rates Database for writers, designers, visual artists & photographers. (You can contribute your info too!). Click HERE!
  • Debra Jason gives great cost factors you need to consider. (Seems we are on the same page!) Click HERE!
  • Editorial Freelance Association has a great guide for Editorial fees and more. Click HERE!
  • Examples of Freelance Writing Rates by Allena Tapia (2016). Click HERE!
  • Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator. A MUST-click by Jennifer Mattern. Click HERE!
  • How Much Does Professional Web Content Writing Cost? by The Content Factory. Great guide offering all elements you need to consider in the true costs. Click HERE!
  • How To Hire An Editor by Mark Nichol. Click HERE!
  • Lynn Wasnak’s How Much Should I Charge is excellent. This detailed post covers EVERYTHING: even for copywriting, resume writing, critiquing manuscripts, comic book writing and much more. Click HERE!
  • Sharon Hurley Hall has a great blog called “Get Paid To Write“.  Click HERE!
  • What It Really Costs To Be A Freelance Writer by Laura Spencer. Click HERE!
  • What To Pay An Editor in 2015 Cheat Sheet by Lisa Furgison. Click HERE!
  • Writer’s Digest – Excellent table format on how to charge for writing & editing by the hour/ project/ page. Click HERE!

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Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at

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10 comments on “Charge For Your Writing and Editing Services
  1. onesh says:

    I have to edit a book for a friend soon. I don’t know if it’s going to take me two weeks or six weeks. It’s difficult to know what to charge.

  2. Doreen says:

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. cheers

    • seawoman says:

      Hi Doreen:
      Thanks so much for stopping by to leave feedback. I’d love to know where you’re from and how you discovered Seawoman.
      Wordpress provided the basic platform and it’s FREE and gives you excellent stats. They have several great layouts from which you can choose. Then you can customize it to make it suit your needs. If you know a little HTML, it helps too.
      So aside from the free platform, I created it and maintain it.
      Just go to and get started.
      If you’ve had a chance to look around, you’ll see that I’m starting a VLOG called “Writing In Sand”. Blogging will definitely be one of the discussions.


  3. I think I originally found this site when I was looking for writing opps for Caribbean writers. And I’ve kept an eye on your posts ever since.

  4. seawoman says:

    You are VERY welcome! We all grow by sharing. Please return and let me know if there is anything else you would like to see. I’d be interested in knowing how you found this site.

    Power to you from the pen!


  5. Thanks for the tip. This is a really useful resource.

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