Editing Services


My editing packages – designed for you

I want to help you make your book the best it can be – whether you are an independent author, or if you are planning to submit your manuscript to agents and/or publishers.

To help you achieve this, I have a tiered pricing structure offering different levels of service – basic, standard and comprehensive. This means that you only pay for what you need.

The basic package includes a content/copy/line edit* and proofread and a fully detailed report expanding on comments made on the manuscript itself and offering suggestions and advice.

Individually tailored standard and comprehensive packages can include:

  • additional edits based on your needs
  • initial beta read
  • advice and help with synopsis and query letter writing
  • advice and help with book blurb and author page
  • help with choosing a book cover
  • help with promoting your book

Editing packages start at just £4.50/$7.00 per thousand words.**

Additional services include:

  • beta reading priced at £0.75/$1.00 per thousand words
  • proofreading at £2.50/$3.50 per thousand words
  • evaluation of published work for writers whose books aren’t selling. Prices start at £0.75/$1.00 per thousand words

I also provide editing for short stories, poetry and blog posts/website content  – please contact me for a quote.

I can offer advice on self-publishing and promotion on an ad hoc basis at a cost of £15.00/$22.00 per hour.

 Please note that these prices are in GBP/USD. If you live anywhere else in the world, please contact me for a quote.

*Content/copy/line edit assesses the flow of the writing, structure, clarity, style and pacing as well as characterisation, dialogue, plot and plot holes and inconsistencies. For each edit/revision you will receive a detailed editorial report expanding on comments made on the manuscript itself and offering suggestions and advice.

**If your manuscript is less than 15,000 words, then please contact me for a quote.

Payment terms:

Beta reading/proofreading/evaluation of published work: 50% on booking with balance due within seven days of completion.

Basic editing package: 50% on booking with the remaining balance due on completion.

Other editing packages: 25% on booking, 25% upon receipt of first edit, 25% on receipt of second edit and final 25% due on receipt of final proofread.

For further information, please see FAQs. To contact me for a quote or to ask any other questions, please use the contact form or email me at alisonewilliams@sky.com



  1. Hi Alison. 🙂 I plan to send my manuscript off to beta readers within the next two months. I’m working currently on my 5th self-edit. The novel, after many cuts, is still 160,000 words. The reason for this note is, would it be possible to get a sample edit of, say, the first five pages before I went ahead and committed to paying you for a full edit? I realise that different editors have different styles, and I’d like to get a feel for whether or not we’d work well together.
    This is the first time I’ve seriously considered publishing, and to be honest I have no real idea what I’m doing. Please let me know if I’m way off base with my request.
    Thanks, and I look forward to your reply. 🙂


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