How much?

No doubt this is the information you’ll want to know.

What are my fees? How long is a piece of string? (Don’t we all love that old cliché?)

I have a flexible approach towards fees. All rates are negotiable and depend on the type of document, the word-count, subject matter and the accuracy of the spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.

I charge a fixed fee for some work and by the hour for others, depending on the document. The rates recommended by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders are the basis for my quotations. Usually, a short story would be charged at an hourly rate, but a manuscript would be by word count. Each year the Society for Editors and Proofreaders publishes recommended minimum hourly rates for its members and from 1 March 2019 the rates are: Proofreading, £25.00; copy-editing, £29.10, developmental editing, £33.50.

As a guide, an 80,000-word manuscript would probably be in the region of:

£400 to £500 for proofreading.

Anything from £500 to £1,000 for copy-editing and £800 to£1,250 for developmental editing.

This would all depend on how much work was needed.

For coaching/mentoring, fees would be subject to the amount of help required, frequency of meetings and reading of work. It could, therefore, range from £25-£40 per session, and we would, of course, agree a plan before beginning.

To provide you with a no-obligation quote, please send me a sample of your document, 500-1,000 words, for a free edit and include details of the work you require, to:


You can then decide if I am the right editor for you.