How Much Will It Cost?

When you’re looking for someone to help you with your manuscript it’s only natural that you’ll want to know how much it’s going to cost. No-one likes a nasty surprise.

With that in mind you will find a price breakdown here.

Please bear in mind that a price range is needed because many factors will add to the difficulty level of the job  e.g. the state of the writing, the subject matter, the level of writing (an academic text will be more detailed than a piece of popular fiction) etc. This is why editors and proofreaders ask to see a sample of your text before committing to any work.

As a rule of thumb a straightforward, well-written text will take around 2,500–3,000 words per hour to copy-edit, whereas a final proofread will be slightly quicker.

Urgency – shorter deadlines will add to the cost of the project. Evening, weekend work and rush jobs will also attract a premium (even independent consultants need time off). Best book in advance and avoid the extra charges!


Proofreading      £10–£15 per 1,000 words

Copy-editing / Line Editing      £12–£18 per 1,000 words

Development Editing      £22–£35 per 1,000 words

Manuscript Critique (Manuscript Assessment / Manuscript Evaluation)

£350 for 50,000–90,000 words
£400 for 90,001–110,000 words
£450 for 110,001–130,000 words

  • Mini Manuscript Critique

Have you started your book? Do you need a little guidance on how you’re doing? A mini critique will help you on your way. For only £150 I will critique your first 10,000 words and let you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

Book Design and Layout

  • Simple (formatting only) £4 per 1,000 words
  • Simple £6 per 1,000 words
  • Complex £18 per 1,000 words
  • Images charged at £2.50 per image.

*Please note, for smaller jobs there is a £50 minimum charge.

Kindle and ePub Formatting from £75 for a simple layout.

*Please note that files are supplied only, I do not upload to publishing platforms


Indexing      £10–£15 per 1,000 words

Copywriting     My day rate falls around £250–£350, although a flat fee may fall below this depending on project size. Contact me with your requirements for a quote.

Send me a sample of your work (preferably from the middle of your document) and I’ll be able to make a more detailed assessment and quote according to the work needed.

*Please note, there is a minimum charge of £50 for smaller jobs.


Contact me now for a free no-obligation quote