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?)

Rates are dependent on the type of editing, the word-count, subject matter, accuracy of the spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. plus how quickly is the work required.

I charge a fixed fee for some work and by the hour for others, depending on the document. The rates recommended by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading are the basis for my quotations. Usually, a short story, blog post, website content, would be charged at an hourly rate, but a manuscript would be by word count. Each year the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading publishes recommended minimum hourly rates for its members and from 1 March 2020 the rates are: Proofreading, £25.40; copy-editing, £29.60, Substantial editing, rewriting, development editing, £34.00.

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

£300 to £500 for proofreading.

Anything from £600 to £900 for copy-editing and £800 to £1,200 for developmental editing.

This, of course, would all depend on how much work was needed, so these figures cannot be exact.

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

For a no-obligation quote please send a sample from your work, no more than 500-1,000 words, to:


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