Rates & Payment


The cost of Reads Well’s editorial services is based on the number of words in the document. Please note: The fee for all services involving multiple drafts will be calculated on the basis of the maximum number of words produced. A minimum charge may apply (see below). Payment of the minimum charge or a £25% deposit (whichever is greater) is required before work begins.

Service Cost per Word Focus
Proofreading £0.01 minor grammar, typographical and formatting errors [£10.00 minimum charge]
Basic Editing £0.015 (1.5 pence) as above + sentence structure & style [£15.00 minimum charge]
Substantive Editing £0.02 as above + paragraph structure & organisation [£20.00 minimum charge]
Close Content Editing £0.03 as above + clarity and ‘flow’ (often the best option for non-native English speakers) [£30.00 minimum charge]
Project Development (from initial draft) £0.04 all of the above, with option to resubmit for further feedback following revision; includes guidance re submission for admission, assessment or publication if required [£40.00 minimum charge; £50.00 minimum for CVs,  personal statements and research proposals]
Project Development (from brief) £0.05 as above [£50.00 minimum charge for all projects]


Note Taking, GCSE & A-Level Support, English Language tuition AND ALL OTHER BESPOKE SERVICES, including face-to-face assistance with large, complex and/or on-going projects, are charged by the hour. Please note: These services are subject to a 1-hour minimum charge, and are charged in 15-minute increments thereafter. A 25% deposit is required before work begins. Further payments may be required as the work progresses.

The best way for us to determine how many hours your project requires — and how much that support is likely to cost — is by talking with you, in person or by phone. CONTACT us to schedule an initial consultation, at NO COST and with NO OBLIGATION, to discuss your support needs and receive a FREE ESTIMATE.

Service Cost
Note Taking £25.00 per hour + travel time to venues > 30 km from Belfast; 2-hour minimum
Individual Tuition (e.g. GCSE, A-Level, IELTS and other exam preparation) £30.00 per hour (1 hour minimum)
Project Development (e.g. feedback on literary or audio-visual material, including PowerPoint and conference posters; research, writing and referencing skills tutorials; dissertation and thesis development workshops) £40.00 per hour (1 hour minimum)
Copy Writing (from brief) £45.00 per hour



Word Processing is available as a stand-alone service, or as an add-on to editorial support. The cost of this service will depend on which option applies, and on the form of the original materials. Please Note: Minimum charges apply (see below). Payment of £5.00 or a 25% deposit (whichever is greater) is required before work begins.

Original Material Cost (as a stand-alone service) Cost (as an add-on service)
Handwritten copy £11.00 per 1000 words
(£10.00 minimum charge)
£10.00 per 1000 words
(no minimum charge)
Printed copy £9.00 per 1000 words
(£5.00 minimum charge)
£8.00 per 1000 words
(no minimum charge)


If you are based outside of the United Kingdom, try using this Currency Converter to calculate the cost of the service that interests you.


Reads Well accepts payment by BACS transfer only; we do not accept payment in cash or by credit card or cheque.


A 15% surcharge may be added to work required in less than 48 hours. Work required in less than 24 hours may be subject to a 30% additional charge.


We believe our pricing schedule is fair and delivers exceptional value for money. All our editors are experienced writers, scholars and educators who regularly exceed their brief to ensure their clients’ documents achieve the standard required. At the same time, we do all we can to keep the cost of each service we provide to a minimum. For this reason, we do not routinely offer discounts.

HOWEVER: If your means are modest and our prices look outside your range, we still may be able to accommodate you. Give us a ring to discuss your budget; we will do our best to work within it without compromising the quality of the support we provide.