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rate for standard service
(proofread plus copy edit)


Words Are Life are taking on no new books or other projects of any kind until further notice.  Don't worry though... books already published are still accessible on Amazon. We will be back.

I offer a free sample edit of up to 600 words.
Simply email your sample to

Personalised Editing Quote

Thanks! We'll send you a price quote within three working days (usually within 24 hours).

Our standard rate is £0.007 per word.


As an example, 85,000 words will be proof-edited for £595.

Higher rates of between £0.008 and £0.009 per word usually apply to

  • technical, scientific, complex or specialist language,

  • a manuscript that needs lots of work or

  • works written by an author who does not speak English as their primary language.

We are happy to assist dyslexic writers, usually without an additional charge, depending on the manuscript.

Please complete the Personalised Editing Quote form on this page, providing as many details are you are able.

Unless authors request otherwise, I work to the following standards

  • The Guardian Style Guide (GSG)

  • MHRA Style Guide (Modern Humanities Research Association) for a comprehensive guide to rules, styles and elements (academic).

  • IBPA Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book for book/page contents.

  • Collins Dictionary at

  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation at

  • When there is a conflict, the STYLE GUIDE takes precedence over the DICTIONARY.

  • Where there is conflict, the GSG takes precedence over the BBG (but I follow the BBG rules for commas).



What does this proof-editing service cover?

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