How many words is your average edit?

📈 A positive of lockdown: I’ve increased my daily #editing word count.

🔢 Having just returned my second-longest manuscript to date two weeks ahead of schedule, I’ve done a bit of number crunching.

🔎 While I’m not ready to share my daily word count, I will tell you a bit about what I do through some numbers that tell a part of the story.

📊 Some editing numbers for your interest:

1️⃣2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣2️⃣7️⃣ words = today’s finished copy-edited manuscript, second longest to date (a romance novel)

2️⃣5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ words = longest manuscript proofread (a fantasy novel)

1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ words = shortest proofread (toastmaster’s website copy)

5️⃣3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣4️⃣ words = average length of editing jobs, proofreading/copy-editing

😬 I’m hoping I’ve not just jinxed myself with this post. I have my son at home and so far so good — he’s seven and quite loud but he is good at giving me space in the afternoons when I need to concentrate. I also need to thank my husband for that. He swoops in and waylays him when he can tell the young ‘un is bound for my office.

❓ Fellow editors and writers, how are your word counts going? Found the sweet spot? Or are ankle-biters putting the kibosh on that?

Published by clairecherryedits Indie Fiction Specialist. Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

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