Let's cut to the chase. I won't keep you guessing about my rates. I follow industry standards for copywriting and copyediting. Prices start from:
£28 an hour for proofreading
£40 an hour for copywriting/copyediting
£40 an hour for photojournalism/editorial project management
A 2019 survey by the ProCopywriters’ Network (the UK's largest association for commercial writers) found an average day rate of £349. My day rate starts from £290 (proofreading only). To find out more about the survey, go to ProCopywriters.
A few dos:
I do ask for a brief before starting work (I like to get a steer from my clients and get under the skin of what’s needed and why).
I often ask for a deposit or part-payment before I begin if you're a new client (I'll make an exception for a referral or if I know where you live ;-).
I do charge a cancellation fee if the work is withdrawn after commission (50% of the total fee).
A few don'ts
I don't price by the word (often the fewer the words, the more vital the message eg, a brand strapline. Short copy does not equal a cheaper rate).
I don't give free writing samples (in the same way as I don’t ask my dentist for a free tooth extraction).
I won't give the game away by publicising your project before you have (I’m happy to sign an NDA if you want our work to be clandestine).
For a number of years, I’ve been a professional member of both the ProCopywriters’ Network and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). For the latter I follow its Code of Practice, which outlines standards of best practice for members to maintain and encourage good professional relationships. I also help to manage the SfEP’s LinkedIn presence and am part of the Twitter volunteer team.
Need to outsource your editorial work altogether?
Get in touch and I'll get a wriggle on.
This is the small print, but not particularly scary. Take a look at my terms and conditions. By engaging my services, you're agreeing that we will treat each other fairly. It's all common sense stuff.