"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug
used by mankind."
As a confirmed bookaholic, I am delighted that there is no cure. So many books, so little time.
My experience includes PR, journalism (trade journals, company journals and ghosting articles for in-house magazines), editing and proofreading for indie authors and traditional publishers, in a variety of genres which include fiction, travel, wildlife, health, biographies, other non-fiction, and theses. A selection of of the many books are shown on the portfolio page.
Also, I have studied psychology, philosophy and communications (not IT!) and travelled widely.
My rates are reasonable - I have no desire to fleece anyone - and I offer a comprehensive and conscientious service.
Proofreading: the final check before publication for typos, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Light editing: mostly for small projects - leaflets, brochures, simple manuals, straightforward shorter works. Often an hourly rate is appropriate.
Copy editing: to identify and correct typos, spelling, grammar, syntax, language, punctuation, after line or developmental editing is complete.
Line editing: more intensive editing for the flow of elements, ideas, tone, narrative, structure, vocabulary, characterisation, clarity and accuracy; may involve suggestions for re-organising lines, paragraphs and chapters.
Developmental editing: involves substantial input regarding concept, plot, structure, timeline, characterisation, pitch, presentation. Usually part of the initial rewriting process.
Copy editing 70,000 words can take 40-90 hours
Line editing 70.000 words can take 45-300+ hours
Substantive editing 70.000 words can take 70-350+ hours
Light editing £12.00 per 1,000 words or a negotiated hourly rate
Copy editing £14.00 per 1,000 words
Line editing £16.00 per 1,000 words
Developmental editing £18.00 per 1,000 words
Proofreading from £12.00 per 1,000 words Please feel free to send a sample of your work for a quotation.
*Some comparative rates:
UK USA South Africa NZ Ireland
from £26.20 $30-40 per R350-550 p.h. from $20 per €25-35 per
per hour hour R200-400 per 1,000 words hour 1,000 words
from £28.20 $40-50 per R350-550 p.h. $700-1750 up €40 per
per hour hour R200-600 per to 50,000 words hour
to 100,000 words
£30.20 $45-60 per R400-600 ph $2500+ over €40+ per hour
per hour hour R600-800 per 100,000 words
- $35-60 per R300-400 p.h. - -
hour R300-900 per
from £16 per $30-35 p.h. - - -
from £22.50 $45-55 p.h. R300-500 p.h. - -
*Rates are from The Editorial Freelancers Association USA, SAFREA South Africa, New Zealand online freelance rates, Society for Freelance Editors UK and Irish online freelance rates.
Please feel free to send a sample of your work for a quotation.