A lot of editors and proofreaders – the freelance ones – will tell you that they can't give a standard rate of pay, this is because every project we work on is very 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. If you've read my "About me" page you'll already know that I'm a tight Yorkshireman, this in combination with my down-to-earth nature means that I understand and respect the need to discuss what work you may require
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 a 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 SfEP (Society of Editors and Proofreaders) of which I am an intermediate member, recommend the following minimum rates:
Proofreading – £25 per hour
Copy-editing – £29.10 per hour
Substantial editing, rewriting, development editing – £33.50
Project management – £36.20
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.