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Copy Editing Service

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Professional Copy Editing Services for writers

WritersServices is based in the UK and provides professional copy editing services for writers offering a free sample, high quality and great value at an excellent price point. We have been offering our professional copy editing services for over sixteen years and have a team of skilled copy editors. We are experts in the field and using our copy editing service is the best way to ensure your manuscript is more successful!

WritersServices professional copy editing service will improve the presentation of your work and increase its chances of being taken on by a publisher. 

If you are planning to self-publish, then we strongly advise you to have your book copy edited first, so that your work looks professional and you can attract as many readers as possible. Copy editing for self-publishers

Just introduced, a free three-page sample of your copy editing.

  • Do you feel that your manuscript contains grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, and would have a better chance of publication if it were professionally prepared?
  • Do you just want your work copy edited by an expert so that you know it’s in really good shape?  You can help your chances of getting published by submitting a clean manuscript to agents and publishers.
  • Or do you intend to publish your book yourself and want it to receive the benefit of professional copy editing, so that you can be sure you'll get a printed book or ebook you can be proud of?  We would recommend self-publishers to have their work professionally copy edited before they self-publish.

If you are not sure about the difference between copy editing and proof-reading, this article might help.

Our copy editor will be a skilled professional with many years of experience of copy editing, which is a very specific editorial expertise.

  • The copy editor will correct your spelling and punctuation, check the sentence structure, grammar and use of words, and impose consistency, using standard copy editing procedures throughout.
  • We can offer copy editing using British, International or American spelling and usage. See our article on this.
  • We will copy edit your work on screen and will send you two versions:
  1. Changes made and accepted - the copy editor will make the changes, working on screen, and will accept them before finishing the job. You will get emailed back to you a manuscript which is clean and ready for press.
  2. The second version will show 'track changes', which means that you will be able to see all the changes the editor has made. It is very useful to see exactly what has been changed.

We offer this service as standard, so there is no additional cost to you.

(Author David Balderstone from Melbourne suggests how to use the two versions: "I studied the version with track change suggestions closely, learnt a lot, and fully realised how much editing work was involved. Then I read the version with track changes accepted very carefully.") See our Endorsements page.

What it costs

Copy editing a manuscript is a demanding and skilled task, with no shortcuts. The hours it requires are reflected in the fee structure, which is according to the length of the manuscript and reflects how much work needs doing. On fiction we charge from £.0068 per word, for a minimum of 50,000 words, ie £340. This means that an 80,000 word manuscript would cost £.0068 x 80,000 i.e. £544. We charge more for copy editing non-fiction manuscripts. On non-fiction we charge from £.0075 per word, with a minimum of 50,000 words ie £375.

We provide a high quality service at a very competitive price which compares well with other copy editing services. All our services are designed for writers, rather than publishers or other businesses.

Fees are payable in advance.

Please note that we will need to assess the manuscript before we can give you a quote. There is no charge for this assessment, but please send your manuscript as a Word document to us at If your manuscript is in a very untidy state or needs a heavy copy-edit, we may need to quote you a higher fee, but we also charge less if there's less work to do.

When we send your quote we will give you a free three-page sample and a date for completion of the work. If you are in a particular rush we can often achieve a faster turnaround than this, but please make any deadlines clear when you send your manuscript to us for a quote.

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