Rates & Payment

Proofreading rates

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

  • the quality of writing and number of errors corrected
  • the density of text on the page
  • 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 copy-edited.

The following starting rates are for guidance only and are quoted in British pounds sterling.

Proofreading rates (effective from 1 January 2018)

typically start from:

  • academics, authors, and writers: discounted down to £6.00 per 1000 words; proofreading-plus service £7.00 per 1000 words
  • educational institutions, businesses, and organizations: £7.00 per 1000 words; proofreading-plus service by arrangement
  • publishers and charities: by arrangement.

Other discounts available:Health Care Workers

Please quote Health Staff discount code to qualify.

Minimum invoice value: £20.00. No VAT is payable on my fees.

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.

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

Language consultancy rates

This is a premium service completely separate from proofreading and will be charged for at a higher, usually hourly, rate. A typical starting rate would be £22.00 per hour upwards.


Payment terms

Invoices to business clients are payable within 30 days of invoice date with invoices issued on the day of completion of work. Payment terms will vary for individuals, such as authors and academics, and those not based in the UK.

For those non-business clients, such as academics, writers, and authors, who do not qualify for standard business payment terms of 30 days, there are the following methods of payment for settlement before the documents or publications are returned corrected.

Payment methods

Payment 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. download

Google Wallet. Now accepting payments by Google Wallet. You can use your Gmail or Google Mail address to send me payment at syorkproofreading@gmail.com. You do not need to have an email account with Google; with Gmail, you can still send money by clicking the “send money” button in your Google Wallet on the web. You can also send and receive money on your phone from your Google Wallet on the mobile web at wallet.google.com

Google Wallet

Now accepting PayPal. For your convenience click on the paypal.me link below the logo to be taken to the PayPal payment page. Alternatively I can raise an invoice to be sent from PayPal if you supply me with your details and email address.


Payments by Barclays Pingit. Payment recipients are identified by their mobile phone number instead of their bank details, such as sort code and account number. Send payments to my mobile phone number 07543 932048 or use the pingit.me link below.

pingitPersonal link: pingit.me/stephenyork

If none of the above are suitable then payment by credit card on Stripe can be made. However, receipt of your payment can take two days and may delay release of proofread documents. I will send you an invoice on which there is a link you can click to take you to Stripe’s secured payment facility.


Academics, writers, and authors with bank accounts based outside the UK can pay me at favourable exchange rates via my account with Transferwise (certain country exclusions apply). A payment request will be sent to you containing a link you can click on to make payment, which is usually received by me within 2 days.


Legal jurisdiction

Any agreement for proofreading services is subject to the laws of England and Wales, and the client agrees to submit to the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.