Proofreading & Copy-Editing Service

What Does it Cost?

Example price (based on a 30,000w manuscript): Copy-editing and TWO rounds of proofreading = £465.63 (£0.015pw) Copy-editing and ONE round of proofreading = £398.61 (£0.013pw) Copy-editing only = £305.77 (£0.010pw) TWO rounds of proofreading = £177.33 (£0.005pw) ONE round of proofreading = £101.58 (£0.003pw) The price of this service depends on word count. For an accurate quote for this service, please contact us and a Publishing Advisor will be happy to help.

Proofreading & Copy-Editing Service

Book editing is one of the most crucial aspects of publishing, whether you're working with a publishing company or going it alone. Having a well-written manuscript can make all the difference - not only to your book sales, but to your reputation as an author. For that reason, we believe book editing should be as high-quality (and yet as cost-effective) as possible, because it's not something any author should be without!

Why is this service useful?

One of the tell-tale signs of a poor-quality self-published book is the lack of professional book editing. Badly written books, or texts with errors littered throughout, can really harm an author's reputation.

This is why we value book editing so deeply and why we include, as minimum, at least one round of proofreading in all of our publication packages and will not accept any manuscript for publication without this criteria being fulfilled. This is one of the USPs of our company as, we feel that any company that does not include at least one round of proofreading is guilty of vanity publishing.

We also offer this Proofreading & Copy-Editing Service as a stand-alone service, which means that authors can ensure their manuscript is edited to high standards, regardless of where and how they publish. This might be beneficial if you are looking to self-publish via KDP or if you are hoping to approach a literary agent or traditional publisher. We can also help further with our Literary Agent Package and our KDP Publishing Package.

What does the service include?

Depending on what level of copy-editing and proofreading you require, you can have just some of these rounds or all of them. Another of our USPs is that we feel it is important to have multiple pairs of eyes look over a manuscript and not just one. For this reason, up to three members of the editorial team will be assisting with your manuscript.

  • Copy-Edit = Your Writing Advisor will carry out a copy-edit on your work (including, but not limited to, amending incomplete sentences, incorrect punctuation, tenses and word order), depending on the level of editing that your manuscript has been judged to require. They may also suggest changes to enhance readability and plot, which can be just as important as grammar in ensuring that a book lives up to the standards of its readers. They will edit your work using Track Changes and send this back to you for your review
  • Your Feedback & Implementation = As we like to ensure that the author retains complete control of their work, you will have the opportunity to accept or reject the suggestions. Your Writing Advisor will then implement the suggestions according to your preferences
  • First Proofread = A second member of the editorial team will review your manuscript with the primary focus of catching any typos or grammatical errors that your Writing Advisor may have missed. They will also provide a second opinion on whether anything further can be done to strengthen the manuscript
  • Your Feedback & Implementation = You will have the opportunity to review the manuscript and accept or reject the suggestions. Your preferences will then be implemented
  • Second Proofread = A third member of the editorial team will carry out the second proofread
  • Your Feedback & Implementation = You will have a final opportunity to review the manuscript and provide your approval




I will have them do all my editing from now on. They did an amazing job.

Travis Norman

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Learn more in our free publishing guide, which gives you a more detailed look at the process, or by speaking to one of our publishing consultants, who would be happy to walk you through all the details you need to begin the process.
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