Rates & Payment

Proofreading rates

Discounted rates for businesses, charities, and non-profit organizations affected by COVID-19: a message of support

Many businesses have been badly affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak and I am willing to help out if I can with reduced rates. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your requirements as you try to get back on your feet and remarket yourselves. I can help with proofreading your marketing and promotional literature such as leaflets, brochures, advertising, and email campaigns.

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.

Payment by instalments may be negotiable.

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

Commercial and publishing work

No two jobs are identical and it would be unhelpful and misleading to publish fixed proofreading 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.

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.


Special discounted rates apply for registered charities.

Private work

Special discounted rates are available to:

  • students in full-time study
  • independent authors.

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.

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.

If you have a limited budget, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss. It might be possible to tailor the project to meet your needs and your budget.

Payment terms

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

Payment methods

Various payment methods for my editorial services
Various payment methods for my editorial services

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. 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. You can send payments to me using my pingit.me link below at little or no cost. Details are available on https://www.pingit.me/pingit/#/about


My personal link: pingit.me/stephenyork

Payments by PayPal. Please use my PayPal payment link below. Please add 4 per cent to each payment towards PayPal transaction costs and ensure payments are in GB pounds sterling. Credit and debit cards accepted through PayPal.


My personal link: https://paypal.me/SYES918?locale.x=en_GB

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.