How much does it 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 editor@bookediting.co.uk. 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-changed Word or PDF 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 editing work. This is a personal service, so Lee will keep in touch throughout the process.

Can I get a free sample?

Yes. The complexity of developmental/structural editing means it can only be completed on a full novel, not a sample. To show the quality of proofreading or line or copy editing, a 1,000-word sample edit is available free. Attach your manuscript and send it to editor@bookediting.co.uk. Your sample will be returned with a full-project price quote.

Are you qualified and experienced?

Bookediting.co.uk 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.

I don’t want my manuscript transforming; can it be polished?

You’re in charge. Editing should be a collaborative process which provides you with a bespoke level of expertise. Happy with your characterisation and voice? Certain your POV’s perfected? Great. A ‘micro’ service such as proofreading or copy editing is ideal for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all editing option, so you have four tailored solutions. Changes won’t be arbitrarily imposed but, rather, suggestions will be made to ensure consistency.

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, bookediting.co.uk doesn’t offer one or two-day turnarounds. A deadline will be agreed before work starts as part of your authorial brief, with the 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?

Thriller, action adventure, mystery, horror, literary, magic realism, romance, new adult and genre-mashers are all covered. Bookediting.co.uk is happy to consider all genres. Every type of non-fiction is covered, with sport a speciality. The research needed for historical fiction means it can cost more than other genres, and copies of maps, plans and glossaries should be provided.