I have a friend who has almost completed a book. She belongs to a local writer's group, and has told me a person in this group that bills themselves as an editor says they can edit her work for $300 per page.
If I'm wrong, I apologize to the editors out there (I aspire to be one myself one day), but even half of that seems awfully high. It seems they've priced themselves so that they'll clean up even if they get negotiated down.
Also, this person has said things that lead me to believe their skillset is closer to being a proofreader rather than an editor.
Am I crazy for thinking writer's groups can be rife with opportunists trawling for pidgeons like my friend to take advantage of?