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Book editing rates

As a professional children’s book editor, I charge standard industry rates. My fees are comparable to those of editors with a similar level of experience and expertise. All prices are in Australian dollars.

Manuscript assessments

Picture books up to 1,000 words: $450

Junior fiction up to 12,000 words: $650

Middle grade/YA up to 45,000 words: $800

Please contact me for a quote on nonfiction texts, longer novels or multiple manuscripts.

Coaching sessions

45-minute session: $95

If the session is for discussing a picture book or junior fiction manuscript, this rate includes any time taken for me to pre-read your work. For middle grade or YA, I charge an additional one-time reading fee of between $50 and $100, depending on word count.

Developmental editing or copyediting

Please ask me for a fixed quote based on your particular manuscript. If I’ve already completed an assessment on your work, I’d be happy to offer a reduced fee.


Please ask me for a fixed quote based on your particular manuscript. For picture books, please send the whole manuscript. For other works, please send a section from the middle of your manuscript.


While ghostwriting isn't strictly an editing service, I will consider writing your children's book for you for a flat fee. Please contact me for more information.

"Brenda's editing is concise and clever. We enjoyed working with her so much we chose her to join our team as the editor at Red Paper Kite Publishing."

 – Sandra van Doorn, Publisher, Red Paper Kite Publishing

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