How much does your book editing cost?

Manuscripts are individually assessed, but proofreading starts at £0.008 per word. A guideline price for copy editing a 50,000-word book is £500. An inferior service would cost you more than £1,200 at Scribendi and, at PaperTrue, £1,350. Attach your manuscript, state your choice of developmental, line, copy editing or proofreading, and send it to You can also email through the contact page. Handling of all submissions adheres to GDPR laws. You’ll have a confirmed price for the whole project within 24 hours.

What do I get for my money?

You’ll get a one-pass analysis of your manuscript, leading to a Track Changes Microsoft Word document including corrections, explanations and suggestions. There’ll also be a summary document outlining all major changes and suggestions. You’ll get an authorial brief agreeing the proofreading or book editing work. This is a personal service, so your editor will keep in touch throughout the process.

Are you qualified and experienced? owner Lee Dickinson is an advanced professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. He has completed CIEP’s fiction editing and copy editing courses, has a media law distinction, other journalism qualifications and decades of publishing industry experience. He worked as a sub-editor and writer on local and national newspapers during a 28-year career. He’s also an accomplished writer with his own blog. You can read it on the Links page.

All work is carried out by an experienced, accredited editor.

I don’t want my manuscript transforming, so can it be polished instead?

Editing should be a collaborative process which provides you with a bespoke level of help. Happy with your characterisation and voice? Certain your POV’s perfected? Great. A ‘micro’ service such as copy editing is ideal for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all option for book editing, so you have four tailored solutions. Two versions of the document will be sent to you, with one manuscript having all the suggestions imposed and the other offering you the chance to manually approve all the editor’s work. This gives you the best balance between convenience and control.

How long does it take?

A 50,000-word book normally takes two weeks, but quicker completions can be arranged. To safeguard the quality of the work, there’s no option for one or two-day turnarounds. A deadline will be agreed before work starts as part of your authorial brief, with the editing completion date depending on the workload.

How do I pay?

Most people pay by bank transfer, but cheques are also accepted. There’s a £50 minimum fee.

What genres do you cover?

The wide-ranging editing network here means you can probably be matched with an editor perfect for your genre. Chief editor Lee Dickinson has worked on many genres across fiction and non-fiction, with edited books to his name in subjects including self-help, how-to, Christianity, sport, biography, memoir, travel and business. He’s experienced with fiction too, having edited many book sub-genres and all the main categories, including action–adventure, fantasy, science fiction, thriller and mystery. We’ve even worked on the occasional genre-masher so, if you haven’t pinned down your genre yet ahead of publishing, don’t worry – we can still guide you all the way to the best book possible.

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