Rocky shoreline
Long Sands
Fish Quay
Rocky shoreline
Lighthouse Slide
The Staithes

Image by Graham Soult

Marsden Rock
Blyth Lighthouse

Image by Tanya Hall


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 for some tasks (like structural editing or checking a bibliography), the word count doesn’t necessarily determine how long the work takes 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.


A single rate per 1000 words wouldn’t take account of all of these variables.

Instead, if you contact me for a quote I will ask you for some details so that I know exactly what your needs are. I’ll usually ask to see a sample of the text, so that I can judge the amount of work involved.

I use the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading suggested minimum rates as a rough guide, but this is just a starting point: lots of jobs don’t fit neatly into the categories listed on that page, for a start. I’m always happy to discuss how I’ve calculated your quote and exactly what it includes.

For more information or to get a quote for editorial work, please get in touch via the contact page.