A fixed price from the start

When you’re working to a budget you need to know how much something will cost before placing an order. You don’t want to be surprised by any extras when the final invoice arrives. For this reason, for basic proofreading and copy-editing I prefer to quote on the basis of a document’s word count rather than an hourly rate. That way, we can both be clear about the final cost from the outset.

The decision to have a document proofread is often made at the last minute. When you’re busy writing the last thing on your mind is that final check to make sure your writing creates the best impression. I understand this and I’ll return your proofreading to you as soon as my schedule permits, however I won’t take any shortcuts that will compromise on quality. If you’re working to a very tight deadline contact me well in advance to book your proofreading slot, then I will ensure that time is reserved just for your project.

Standard rates

My standard proofreading and copy-editing service covers all the usual checks for errors and consistency. You can read the full list here. The cost is £8 per 1000 words. I’m happy to check smaller documents of less than 1000 words, but note there is a minimum charge of £8 per document up to 1000 words.

Urgent work

Subject to availability and existing bookings, I try to turn around documents of 2000 words in 24 hours during the normal working week.  Urgent work, for example 5000 words in under 24 hours or weekend working, may be subject to a 25% surcharge. Please contact me to discuss your deadline.

I may be able to offer a discount for proofreading booked more than four weeks in advance, regular commissions, non-urgent work with a turnaround time of 21 days or more, or lengthy documents (over 50,000 words).

Special services

In addition to basic proofreading and copy-editing I can help with many other aspects of document preparation and checking including the following:

  • Formatting OSCOLA style footnotes or a bibliography: checking and applying the correct style £10 per 1000 words
  • Formatting the document to use Word Styles and adding an automatic Table of Contents £16 per hour (as a guide, this usually takes three to four hours)
  • Cross-checking audio recordings to transcription £16 per hour
  • Proofreading/copy-editing and marking up PDF documents £16 per hour

If you have a special task that requires assistance, please contact me to discuss whether I can help you.

Ready to go?

If you’re ready for your document to be proofread or you want to book a future proofread or edit, then contact me now.