Lots of editors and proofreaders will tell you that they can't provide a set rate of pay,
this is because every project is different. There are so many variables that it would be unfair
to both you and ourselves to just stick with one rate for everything we take on.
Below, I have listed some rough rates to give an idea of costs, including examples of rate per word, rate per hour, and rate per day. The key word here is negotiations. I'm a down-to-earth editor;
I understand and respect the need to discuss what kind of work you may require from me
and how the cost to you can fit suitably within your budget.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch and request a quote.
There will be absolutely no obligation or pressure to accept my services
if the quote doesn't suit you and I am always happy to negotiate.
I look forward to hearing from you.
1000 words – £15
1500 words – £20
2000 words – £25
For example, these may be the
rough costs for proofreading
£20 - £40
For small- to medium-size projects an hourly fee may be the most appropriate, perhaps if it is a one-off job or multiple texts,
such as blogs or social
£120 - £140
If you need my help on a
larger project, like a book manuscript or research work, then a daily rate could be the best
value for your budget.
Please remember that the rates above are not set in stone, their purpose is to give you
an idea of price, but also an idea of which "rate per" option might be the most
appropriate for you and your project.
For additional reference, the CIEP (Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading) – of which
I am an intermediate member – recommend the following minimum rates:
Proofreading – £25.40 per hour
Copy-editing – £29.60 per hour
Substantial editing, rewriting, development editing – £34.00
Project management – £36.80
We would also kindly ask you to keep in mind that the rates of freelance editors and proofreaders also allow for their other business costs such as holiday pay, pension contributions, administration, continuing professional development, and office utilities.