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Prices & procedures

How I work

Because each project is individual (in terms of type and condition of content, timescale, length etc), I prefer to see a sample of your manuscript or document before determining my fee. I can then assess your project according to your needs and give you a personalised quote.


I am always happy to discuss pricing and will take your individual project and budget into account when providing you with a quote. If a per hour or a per project rate works better for you, that's fine too. Just get in touch and we can work it out.

Pricing guide

As a rough guide, my rates for editorial work are as follows:

Line and copyedit (heavy copyedit)

Light copyedit


From £16 per 1,000 words

From £12 per 1,000 words

From £9 per 1,000 words

For additional reference, the CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) publishes suggested minimum rates for editorial services on its website.

Still interested? Great! Here's how it usually works:

  1. Contact me to discuss your project and requirements.

  2. I will request a sample of your manuscript/document etc and, based on this, will send you a quote for the work.

  3. We will then agree on scope, deadline and fee for the project (and ensure you have selected the most appropriate service for your needs).

  4. During the editing/proofreading I will raise and resolve any issues that arise before continuing, and I will be easily contactable by email/phone if you need to discuss anything.

  5. When I’m finished, I will return the edited file(s) to you and you may accept or reject any changes that have been suggested. At this stage we can also resolve any raised queries/issues to your satisfaction.

  6. I will send you an invoice for the completed work when I return your edited documents.


For line/copyedits, I will:
  • Edit in MS Word, using tracked changes to show corrections.

  • Return three versions of the edited manuscript to you, for easy comparison:

    1. one showing all comments and with changes tracked but not applied.

    2. one showing all comments and with changes applied/accepted.

    3. one clean version with no comments and changes applied/accepted.

  • Supply a style sheet recording all the spelling, punctuation and stylistic decisions made during the edit.

  • Explain any other editorial suggestions or queries that need discussing or resolving. 

For proofreads, I will:
  • Work on PDF using the comment tool or BSI marks or on hard copy using BSI marks.

  • Create a style sheet for the finished proofread, if you have not provided one.

  • Supply a list of any queries that cannot be resolved/need discussing.

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