How much does editing cost?
Every project is different. That makes it really difficult to provide an accurate quote on word count alone, especially when there are so many other factors that affect how long an edit might take. For that reason, I can only provide an accurate quote for your work once I have seen a sample and discussed it with you. But I’ve set out some general price ranges for the different types of editing below.
Prices are always charged in GBP, but I’m happy to provide rough equivalents in other currencies. And you can find out more about what’s included in each service on my services page.
Novels and novellas
Price ranges are given on a “per thousand words” basis, along with an indicative total for a 60,000-word novel.
|Proofreading||£6.50 to £12.50||£390 to £750|
|Copy-editing||£12.50 to £18.75||£750 to £1125|
|Line and copy-editing (with feedback)||£15.00 to £25.00||£900 to £1500|
|Developmental / Structural editing||£30.00 to £40.00||£1800 to £2400|
Comics and graphic novels
Prices are given on a “per page” or page rate basis, along wih an indicative total for a 100-page graphic novel.
|Proofreading for comics and graphic novels||£3.00 to £6.00||£300 to £600|
|Developmental editing for comics and graphic novels||Coming soon||Coming soon|
Board games and RPGs
|Proofreading for board games and RPGs||Too much variation. Contact me for a quote tailored to your game.|
|Line and copy-editing for board games and RPGs||Too much variation. Contact me for a quote tailored to your game.|
I try to be as transparent as possible about my rates, which are based on the the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)’s suggested minimum rates and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)’s median rates.
All services are subject to a minimum fee of £50.
I appreciate that the cost of editing can be daunting. For projects over 10,000 words, I always split the total payment into two parts – one to be paid in advance and one on completion – so that you won’t have to pay it all in one go. I’m also very happy to work with you to discuss payment plans over a longer period of time if that is helpful.
I accept payment by direct bank transfer, as well as through Wise (formerly Transferwise) and PayPal. I will always send an invoice before you pay, so you know exactly what you’re paying for and how the payment should be made.
If you have any questions at all about payments, do feel free to get in touch.
How to get a quote
For projects with a word count of fewer than 10,000 words, I’ll discuss the work with you and take a look at a sample to determine how much the service will cost, based on how long the work is likely to take.
For projects over 10,000 words, I’m happy to offer a free sample edit of up to 600 words. This is an opportunity for you to get a sense of whether my editing style works for you, and for me to determine how much work is needed so I can provide an accurate quote for the work.