Fees & quotes
Please see my Services page, for further information on the services I offer.
My fees are based on the minimum hourly rates suggested by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). Information on these can be viewed here: SfEP Suggested Rates.
It is hard to give clear guidance on what a project will cost without seeing a sample because every project is different. My service is tailored to each client’s individual needs, taking into account the brief provided, the standard and type of writing and any special requirements. I usually ask for a sample of the text in order to evaluate the time needed. I will provide a quote based on these factors, either per 1000 words, per hour or a set fee for the job – whichever you prefer.
To give you an idea of what your project might cost, on average I proofread at a rate of 2,500 words per hour. But the actual rate for your project will depend on many things, not least what you need. Proofreading work that has already been well copyedited, and has a simple structure without many headings, diagrams and other features, will be quicker than projects with a complex structure, many features and a lengthy style guide or special preferences to apply or check for.
If your document is in MS Word, has not been previously edited and you would like amendments to improve the wording, it may take a little longer. In particular, academic work may be a little slower, particularly when there is significant use of scientific notation, figures and references. Projects for non-native writers of English also tend to demand a little more time. Non-technical reports (and those within my specialist knowledge areas) may be a little faster. Fiction that has previously been professionally edited is often quicker because the format is less complex.
Seeing a sample of your work and understanding your requirements will help me to assess it and provide an individual quote. I will be happy to discuss working to your budget.
Ready for a quote?
Send me an email with some information about your project.
- What kind of text is it? e.g. Fantasy book or PhD thesis.
- How many words is it?
- Which service do you require? e.g. Proofreading, Proof-editing or Anglicisation.
- How would you like me to work? e.g. Microsoft Word, PDF or on paper.
- When does it need to be done? When would I receive it, and when must I complete it by?
- Attach a sample. You needn’t send this with a first enquiry but I will need it before I can provide a quote. I will need to see at least 5% of your text, ideally a middle section.
I will respond as quickly as possible, and will try to provide an indication of availability together with either a quote or an estimate, within 48 hours.
I have a minimum project charge of £20.
For short jobs of up to 1000 words, I may be able to complete the work within 24 hours, so please ask if your project is urgent. Advance sight of the material is required. Short jobs are undertaken at a set fee of:
- Proofreading: £20.00
- Proof-editing: £25.00
- Anglicisation: £25.00
Payment is by bank transfer (BACS), by cheque (UK banks only) or by PayPal. Details will be provided on my invoice. Please let me know which method you prefer when you request a quote.
I am not VAT registered and will not add VAT to my invoice.
Please see my Terms & conditions of service for further information.