Editorial rates

Reduced proofreading rates for businesses, charities, and non-profit organizations affected by Covid-19 to help you get back on your feet. Flexible and highly competitive proofreading rates from a freelance proofreader with 30 years’ experience.

Editorial and proofreading rates

If your budget is limited, a more basic proofread can be arranged that will look at the bare essentials and proofread for your precise needs.


Special proofreading packages are available for jobseekers
Special proofreading packages are available for jobseekers

Get your two-page CV and covering letter proofread for a discounted price of £25.00, or with your LinkedIn profile as well for £30.00.

Commercial and publishing work

No two jobs are identical and it would be unhelpful and misleading to publish fixed editorial rates here as the final bill would depend on:

  • the quality of writing and number of errors corrected
  • the density of text on the page
  • the word count
  • use of technical language
  • bibliography, references, and endnotes/footnotes to be checked to the main text
  • cross-references to be checked
  • whether the document has already been copyedited
  • the service you require – i.e. proofreading, light editing, condensing and rewriting, or paraphrasing.

I therefore offer flexible and highly competitive proofreading rates determined by the expected complexity. The cost estimate I will give you is individually tailored to your requirements. If I was to take a one-size-fits-all approach, you may be paying for services that you did not need or missing out on checks that you did need.

If you have several small items that need proofreading over an extended period it may be possible to issue itemized / combined invoices covering these on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis.

Invoices to business and publisher clients are payable within 30 days of invoice date with invoices issued on the day of completion of work.


Discounted proofreading is available for charities - sometimes for free
Discounted proofreading is available for charities – sometimes for free

In the case of registered charities, substantial discounts on my editorial rates can be offered, with some smaller projects free of charge.

Private work

Fixed fees for projects can sometimes be arranged. Please see the page for Terms and Conditions (clauses 6 to 14) for details of payment of instalments and timings. No VAT is payable on my fees.

All clients

For a no-obligation estimate of cost please email me with details of your project.

A minimum charge of £25.00 is payable.

How you can pay:


Payment for proofreading fees is accepted by direct bank transfer (BACS) using PC or mobile internet banking – bank account details will be provided to you on an emailed invoice. Please allow up to three days in the bank clearing system, although some banks operate a Faster Payments System for transfers within 2 hours – for example, Barclays Bank and HSBC. 

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