In over 20 years as a freelance editor, I’ve worked on thousands of books–polishing text, clarifying content, and otherwise helping to make them the best they can be. My clients have included Kirkus Editorial, Bloomsbury/Walker & Company, Candlewick, Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Puffin, Roaring Brook Press, Kensington, Chicago Review Press, Adams Media Corp. (F+W), Pearson/Prentice Hall, Fair Winds/Rockport/Quarry, and Random House Children’s Books, as well as various literary agents and book packagers.

I specialize in YA/NA fiction, genre fiction, and culinary nonfiction (e.g., cookbooks).

Editorial Services I Offer:

  • Developmental and collaborative editing
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Recipe development, testing


Proofreading: $22-$25/hr (based on 10-14 pph)

Copyediting: $25-$28/hr (based on 7-10 pph)

Developmental and collaborative editing: $30+/hr (includes a 1-hour phone session to review edits)

Phone consultation (a la carte): $100/hr


*Per-page or per-project rates available. Please e-mail me at SandySmithWrites@gmail.com for additional information and/or to arrange an estimate.