I’m listed on the Editorial Freelancers Association’s website:

 Eugene Orlando MS

editing [at] AuthorEOrlando [dot] com

{email for complete resume}

inquiries: Call area code seven, seven, five.

seven, seven, zero – eight, six, eight, zero.

A page is defined by the Editorial Freelancers Association as containing 250 words, double-spaced in 12-point font. Rates are either the lowest or slightly lower than the lowest professional rates as defined by the Editorial Freelancers Association (see rate chart at http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php).


No matter what kind of editing you need, we charge $30.00 per hour for the following types of editing:

1. Simple Copyedit (proofreading):

Grammar         Punctuation      Spelling              Typos

2. Heavy Copy Edit:

Grammar      Punctuation       Word Usage      Point of View

Spelling        Typos                  Consistency*    Tracking*

Dialogue        Active Voice      Author Voice     Theme

Ambiguous and erroneous statements

*Consistency = style and tone; Tracking = continuity of plot, setting, and character traits

3. Line Edit:

Word choice, Paragraphing, and Sentence flow.

Eliminating wordiness, triteness, and inappropriate jargon.

Smoothing transitions and moving sentences to improve readability.

Suggesting sentence and paragraph additions and deletions.

Style {Conforming to the style agreed on}


4. Story Content Editing: $35 per hour

Character           Plot                        Structure

Description        Point of View        Style

Dialogue             Setting                  Theme

Exposition          Story flow             Voice

5. Developmental Editing: $40 per hour

Story Planning

6. Ghost Writing: $60 per hour




After a read through and editing assessment, I edit a small section at a time (as in chapters or like units). I send each section back to you one at a time. You can learn from my edit and re-edit the next section again before sending it to me, thereby making my editing time shorter. What drives up the cost of editing is editing the same mistakes over and over again. If you can learn a particular writing mastery point and re-edit each section before sending it to me, you will cut my editing time down—thereby saving you money! No other editing service I know of offers this, and that’s because they want to maximize their billable hours. I truly care about the quality of your work and saving you money at the same time.

Another way you save $$$ is through my log. I log on and off the clock. I log off for any personal interruption. I even log off if I have to research a point of writing mastery.

I use Microsoft Excel for my log, and you are welcome to have a copy. Just ask for it any time during or after the editing process.

Sample edit: You may submit up to four 250-word, double-spaced pages free of charge so you may view the quality of editing, and so I may determine the level of editing required so I can give you a better estimate of the time it will take.

Time: I get manuscripts that need a lot of editing. I get some that need little editing. All told, they average out to my being able to edit about 1,600 words an hour. A poorly written manuscript can drop to 800 words or less. A strongly written manuscript can speed me up 2,500 words or more. It’s the nature of the beast. That is why I like to work with a sample so I can forecast more accurately how many hours a manuscript will take.

Sources: The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, (publishing industry standard for fiction and many forms of non-fiction); The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White; Merriam-Webster dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus (recommended by The Chicago Manual of Style); One Word, Two Words, Hyphenated? by Mary Louise Gilman; The Elephants of Style and Lapsing Into a Comma by Bill Walsh, copy desk chief and business desk for the Washington Post; A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker.

Tools: Microsoft Word tracking changes feature. (This is the fastest method.)

Files: Microsoft Word or RTF (Rich Text File)


Author Monty Nereim mnereim [at] att [dot] net

As a novice writer, I needed a pro to nurture my precious manuscript into readable, worth-publishing text. I consulted several editorial services and the decision became easy.  Eugene Orlando was genuinely concerned more about my final product than his cost per word or his billable hours.  Chapter by chapter, we molded and refined until my words took flight. The process went smoothly.  Enlightened and encouraged through Eugene’s efforts, I now have a new friend and also a new title—author!

Author Emma Sydney Brooks 813 – seven, seven, eight – eight, eight, one, zero

“Eugene Orlando is a very talented writer who has many skills. Knowing him has been a definite plus in my life. His years of experience along with his skills make him top shelf in the library of life. Without his help, I could never have written or published my two books. I am forever grateful.”

Author/Writer Mette Helena: Elfving mettehelena [at] hotmail [dot] com

“Eugene Orlando facilitates a writing group in my town, and I have been encouraged to start writing thanks to his valuable input and guidance. Although Eugene makes it clear that writing a good story is nothing but hard work, he selflessly wants each of us in the group to be successful with our own voice, which gives me the freedom to present my story, my way, but through his skills.”

Author/Writer Tricia Padden: trishattahoe [at] hotmail [dot] com

“I have been an English Teacher on the high school and college level for over thirty years, but Eugene Orlando can still out-edit me. He has taught me and many others valuable writing and editing skills and knows how to best prepare a manuscript for publication.  I highly recommend him.”

Author Genelle Richards: spkwrite [at] aol [dot] com

“Eugene has taught me so much in a very short period of time. His editing changes and rewrite suggestions are right on point. I am constantly amazed at how easily he picks up my weaknesses and mistakes. He makes it seem so simple, and I constantly wonder why I didn’t see the problems myself. I simply could not write this book without his help. I know my relationship with him will continue on this and future projects. He is the perfect tutor, teacher, mentor!”

Author Lansing Lidgard: lhlidgard [at] gmail [dot] com

“Eugene Orlando is an accomplished wordsmith, editor and teacher. I have known him long enough to realize that he is passionate about storytelling and the written word. His decades of professional teaching experience have given him a unique perspective and empathy for those struggling through the process of writing, rewriting and editing.”

Disclaimer: (No editor can guarantee an error-free edit. That includes those with Simon and Schuster, Random House, etc.)

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