Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know you're the right match for my project?

Great question. I’m not the right writer or editor for everything. I work on non-fiction, so if your project is fiction or poetry, I recommend you check the CIEP Directory (for editors and proofreaders) or the UK Copywriters Directory or Society of Authors database (for writers) to find someone who is a better match. I especially love to work on Christian non-fiction and charity communications, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in the right place!

For more information on my specialisms, see my pages on writing, editing and proofreading, and my entry in the CIEP Directory. Still not sure? Just ask!

What's the difference between copy-editing and proofreading?
How do I know which to ask for?

The short answer is that copy-editing comes first, when the text is written but not yet laid out, and deals with organisational issues such as the relative levels of heading used in a text, consistency, fact- and reference-checking, as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar. Proofreading comes later, and covers issues of layout, running heads, page and chapter numbering, as well as typos that might have crept in during the process. A more thorough answer can be found in this free downloadable booklet from the CIEP.

How much will it cost?

Editing and proofreading

The cost of a project varies depending on the number of words, the condition of the text, whether work outside office hours is required, and other variables. As a Professional Member of the CIEP I adhere to their code of practice and my rates are in accordance with their recommendations. I usually charge on an hourly basis but am happy to discuss fees on a per-project or day rate basis if you prefer. For self-publishing clients my rates start at £18 per 1,000 words.


I usually charge per 1000 words in accordance with Society of Authors rates. I also offer a day rate for larger projects. Please get in touch and I’ll provide a quote according to the specifics of your commission.

How long will it take?

It’s usual to allow at least two weeks for copy-editing or proofreading a book. Working longer hours, weekends or bank holidays to enable faster turnarounds is possible, but will usually cost a bit more. Writing deadlines are much more variable and are agreed at the time of commissioning.

Have another question?

Drop me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.