Proofreading – Estimates, Ts & Cs, Fees, Payments



To request an estimate, please contact us at books[at] and provide us with :

*  full contact information

*  a detailed description of the MS to be proof-read

*  an indication of the level (‘high’, ‘medium’, ‘low’, ‘minimal’) of work you feel the material needs

*  deadline information

Terms and Conditions

*  Material requiring sub-editing as well as proofreading will be quoted at the sub-editing rate

*  Proofreading of hard copy will be done using BSI 2005 proofreading marks

*  British English shall apply except by special arrangement

*  Our working hours are 0900 – 1630 SAST, Monday to Friday.  Rush jobs, requiring working over a weekend or public holiday or after hours may be possible and is subject to prior arrangement. These jobs attract an additional charge of 50% of the applicable fee.

*  The ultimate responsibility for material that has been proof-read/copy-edited (eg, before going to print, submission to one’s tutor or presentation to one’s manager, board etc ) rests with the author(s) of that material.


Proofreading only :

Within South Africa : R150.00 per hour, pro rata

Outside South Africa : US$10.00 per hour, pro rata

Sub-editing, including proofreading :

Within South Africa : R225.00 per hour, pro rata

Outside South Africa : US$15.00 per hour pro rata

Fees are negotiable for worthy causes and private individuals with a limited budget.


Once an estimate is accepted by a client, Books Etc South Africa will issue a proforma invoice.  Payment of 50% is required in advance and the remaining 50% is payable on completion of the first half of the work.

Re-editing / ‘re-proofreading’ of work already edited/proofread may incur additional charges.


Leave a Reply