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Whether you need copy editing or proofreading for your manuscript for a prospective print or ebook, novella, play or screenplay, we can provide a professional, thorough and cost effective service.

We understand the different requirements and skills involved in dealing with fiction and non-fiction. Whether you've written a manuscript or screenplay in any genre, we realise the importance of preserving the author's voice throughout while still making the story flow on the page. If your forte is non-fiction, we will focus on communicating your ideas clearly and concisely without hindering the narrative.

Whether your intention is to self-publish or you already have a contract with a publisher, your copyright and confidentiality are important to us.

We can usually help with short notice medium length projects but for a long manuscript, it is advisable to book your proofreader or editor in advance, thus ensuring a prompt turnaround time but with the attention to detail you need.

Whether English is your second language or reading conditions such as dyslexia or dyspraxia make it difficult for you to proofead your own work effectively, we can help. We believe our Testimonials page speaks for itself.

If your work is intended for academic publication, please see the relevant Academic editing services we provide.


Do I need proofreading or editing?
As a quick summary, proofreading is designed for documents that have already been through the editing process. Editing corrects errors but also focuses on writing style, clarity and structure, as well as highlighting any inconsistencies or problem areas and, where necessary, either increases or reduces the overall word count.

Edit to improve. Proofread to correct.

Decide which level of proofreading and editing you require from the list below, review the guide prices at the bottom of the page and then contact us for a precise quote and turnaround time.

Proofreading includes:

  • check and correct typos, spelling, punctuation, grammar and general linguistic English errors
  • highlight any format, content, layout, heading or formatting inconsistencies

Editing services include

Light copyediting

  • correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax and general English usage
  • check for overall clarity and consistency of style, tone and sentence structure
  • highlight inconsistencies in word use, meaning and format
  • check against layout specifications for typesetting

Substantive editing
Includes all of the above for light copy editing, plus where required

  • edit to improve the style, tone, structure and content without changing the original meaning
  • rewrite to improve meaning and vocabulary
  • edit confusing, ambiguous or awkward sentences to improve the flow of text
  • remove wordiness, inappropriate terms or jargon
  • query conflicting statements, discrepancies or inconsistencies
  • reduce or increase word count to comply with the specified length


£4.00 to £7.50 per thousand words

Light Copy Editing
£7.50 to £10.00 per thousand words
Substantive Copy Editing
£10.00 to £20.00 per thousand words

The price ranges above relate to the complexity of document, the degree of proofreading or editing required and your deadline, and also include any discounts applicable for students or charities.

The above prices relate to changes being made directly to the electronic copy in Word with track changes turned on. If you are unsure whether you need proofreading or copyediting, please let us have a represenative sample of your text.

Please contact us for a precise quote and a clearer idea of a turnaround time.

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