All projects are different, and that makes it very difficult to offer set rates. I provide quotes that are tailored to each piece of work, and I use the SfEP’s suggested minimum rates to help me calculate them. Here are some fictional case studies (but based on real quotes) that should give you an idea of what to expect:

Case study 1

Client: Sophie, an undergraduate student with an excellent standard of written English.

Project: A 10,000-word dissertation on changes in European politics.

Brief: Sophie would like a professional to pick up any spelling and grammar problems she has missed. Her referencing of sources is thorough and complete.

Deadline: There are two weeks until the submission date; Sophie would like the checked document back within 10 days.

Cost: £90. Sophie pays £30 to book my time and the remaining £60 on receipt of the work.

Case study 2

Client: Thomas, a postgraduate student who has some concerns about his use of English.

Project: A 7,000-word report on learning aids in primary schools.

Brief: Thomas would like a professional to identify surface-level errors in his work. He would also like explanations about errors he makes regularly and any recommended amendments.

Deadline: There are five days until Thomas has to submit the completed report, and that time includes a weekend. He needs at least a day to go through the changes, comments and suggestions made by me.

Cost: £110. Thomas pays £40 to book my time and the remaining £70 once he’s received the marked-up document.

Case study 3

Client: Veronica, an experienced author and self-publisher.

Project: An 80,000-word memoir about her experiences growing up in Ireland.

Brief: Veronica has already worked with a copy-editor and she’s getting ready to publish. She’d like a second pair of eyes to check for any small errors that might remain.

Deadline: There’s no submission deadline but Veronica would like to receive the marked-up document within a month.

Cost: £560. Veronica pays £180 to book my time and the remaining £380 when I return the document to her.

Case study 4

Client: Henry, a teacher who writes in his spare time.

Project: A 100,000-word fantasy-fiction novel.

Brief: Henry would like a copy-editor to help him polish the manuscript and get it ready for the next step on its publishing journey. The text is in good shape.

Deadline: Henry would like the marked-up document back as soon as possible, but is happy to wait for a quality copy-edit. I book the project in for a three-week slot, beginning at the start of the next month.

Cost: £1,125. Henry pays £375 to book my time and the remaining £750 when he receives the marked-up document.

Have you got a project you’d like to work with me on? Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a no-obligation quote.