|Rates & Fees
The rate at which copy editors and proofreaders can work on a text depends on a number of things:
1. Type of service
If you are not comfortable writing in English or are used to writing in a different language, your text is likely to require fairly substantial editing (see 'language-editing' below). Similarly, an article for an academic journal will require far more advanced copy-editing than an article for a magazine.
As a rule of thumb, basic copy-editing is suitable for most non-technical texts (e.g. newspaper interviews, TV scripts, short stories, popular science articles) written by native speakers or authors highly proficient in English, whereas advanced copy-editing and language-editing are suitable for academic works, technical texts, as well as texts whose authors are not that used to writing in English.
This is usually calculated as the number of words or number of key-strokes in a document, or as the number of pages processed per hour. At English Finish we calculate our estimates and fees on an hourly basis.
A text that requires factual checking will take a lot longer to edit than, e.g. a curriculum vitae or a short story. Examples of data that require factual checking are: specialist terminology, tables, references to bibliographic and other sources, technical details, historical dates etc.
4. Level of work needed
If you only want spelling mistakes and punctuation checked, the proofreader will correct just that: logical slip-ups, oversights and stylistic errors will not be taken into account. By contrast, what is called 'substantive copy-editing' may involve rewriting parts of a text to improve clarity and style, or restructuring your material to improve flow and layout. Lighter copy-editing falls somewhere in between those two types of service.
Turnaround rates depend largely on
The rates in the table below are indicative. Our fees are calculated on the basis of electronic time sheets, not word count. This means that clients whose manuscripts require little work won't end up being charged as much as clients whose manuscripts demand far more work. We believe that this is a fairer system.
Name your budget and your priorities, and we'll tailor the level of copy-editing to your needs.
Tell us what is essential to you, or ask us to assess a sample of your text – free of charge – to identify any weaknesses that are critical to the quality of your work. If your budget is limited, we’ll make sure that we allocate our time to what matters most.
offer competitive rates, based on Sfep's
recommended rates for freelancers. The current Sfep rates, where
applicable, are noted in brackets next to our own rates for comparison.
are calculated on an hourly basis and quoted in GBP (£).|
Please note that urgent requests carry a surcharge of at least 50%, depending on the text and the requested turnaround time. We only accept urgent requests when we can guarantee that we will meet your deadline.
Our minimum charge is £30.
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