Editorial rates

Editorial and proofreading rates

As a member of CIEP I base my own commercial rates on their recommended minimum rates – see the suggested minimum rates page of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, but with discounts for academics, charities, and students.

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 fees determined by the expected complexity after inspecting your document and agreed with you before I start work. 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.

A recent example of proofreading costs: 4 PDFs comprising 96 A4 pages of text and photos cost £96.00 to proofread.

comprising 96 A4 pages of text and photos cost £96.00

Quotations and estimates

I am happy to provide free, no-obligation estimates of the cost of proofreading on receipt of a sample from the document. It would be so much better to have sight of the completed document so that I can provide a more accurate assessment of cost.

No VAT is payable on my fees.

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I all offer all students a discount of 25% off my commercial rates. Any figures I quote you will be net of this discount.


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

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.


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

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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.

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.

See the sub-page Pay me for details of how you can pay me.

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