Why is there no price list on this page?
Every job is different.
If your text is in good shape already and you just need a quick, final check for typos, spelling mistakes and misplaced commas, I might be able to proofread more than 3000 words in an hour.
In a more complex, in-depth job, I might only be able to edit 800 words in that time.
And the length of time some tasks take (e.g. structural editing or checking a bibliography) doesn’t depend heavily on the original word count anyway.
Timescale is also a factor: I can sometimes take on urgent work, but it may cost a little more if it means turning a job around outside normal working hours.
So the fee for a job depends on lots of factors – word count, the complexity of the text, the type and level of intervention you ask for, and how quickly you need it done.
Charging a standard rate per 1000 words wouldn’t take account of all of these variables. With a ‘one size fits all’ approach, you could end up paying for services that you didn’t need, or missing out on things that you did need.
Instead, if you contact me for a quote I will start by asking a few questions about the job, so that I know in detail what your specific needs are. I’ll usually ask for a sample of the text too, so that I can judge the amount of work involved.
I use the Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ suggested minimums (see www.sfep.org.uk/pub/mship/minimum_rates.asp) as a rough guide, but this is just a starting point, not least because lots of jobs don’t fit neatly into the categories listed on that page. I’m always happy to discuss how your quote has been calculated and exactly what it includes.
For more information or to get a quote for editorial work, please get in touch via the contact page.