If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it.


Manuscript Assessment Services:

Fiction, non-fiction, academic, short stories, YA, children’s books – if you write, we can help.

You can send your entire manuscript or send at any stage to make sure you are moving in the right direction.

Payment can be made by direct bank transfer, so please contact us for bank details.

You can also pay using a debit or credit card via our website.

Telephone: 01865 238066 or 01865 358737 or email info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk with any questions.

Shorter Manuscripts:

Up to 5,000 words £200
6,000 words £210
7,000 words £220
8,000 words £230
9,000 words £240
10,000 words £250


Full Length Manuscripts:

20,000 words £300
30,000 words £350
40,000 words £400
50,000 words £450
60,000 words £500
70,000 words £550
80,000 words £600
90,000 words £750
100,000 words £800



For longer manuscripts please contact us first.


If you want to add on a 1-hour Skype session to discuss the best way forward, it’s an extra £50. 

Fees falling between word-count prices above are charged at £5 per extra 1,000 words up to 5,000 words and then they will be charged as the next band up.

Some editors will charge for a follow-up telephone conversation, but we are happy to answer all queries by email.

We are delighted to offer returning clients a 10% discount till the end of Septembed 2022, when it goes back to 5%.


Going for GOLD

It’s not easy writing a book, and even when you have really good advice from an editorial assessment, often it’s still not easy to know where to start revising your manuscript. That’s where a more detailed report makes all the difference; one that will direct you precisely to the problem areas in your manuscript and tell you how to fix them – as if you had a bestselling writer looking over your shoulder, mentoring you all the way… 

Our gold editorial assessment includes:

  • Annotation of your manuscript if needed, highlighting problem areas, and relating them back to the editorial report which will offer ways in which to fix them.
  • Indicating where there are plot holes, where hooks should be, where pace should quicken, or character-plot conflict occur.
  • A report in the region of 9-15  page detailing specific issues and how to tackle them, covering plot, pace, character development, dialogue, setting, language, POV, creating hooks, atmosphere and stunning beginnings and endings. Some books will need basic principles before they are ready to get an even deeper dive.
  • An optional follow-up Skype session with the editor, discussing the best way forward using the editorial and annotated manuscript. This will cost 70 per half hour.


Up to 70K words: £760

Up to 100K words: £960

If you want to add on a 1-hour Skype session to discuss the best way forward, it’s an extra £50. 



We cover all academic works, but please contact us to discuss your manuscript first so we can find the perfect editor for your manuscript, paper or thesis.


Copy editing and proofreading:


Every manuscript is different and some require more work than others, so please contact us first for a quote. We are always happy to answer any questions. Fees for copy editing start at £22 per 1,000 words for fiction. Proofreading starts at £12 per 1,000 words.


Developmental editing:

This is a very personalised service, so please contact us first for a quote. Fees start at £26 per 1,000 words.


Scripts for film and theatre:marx

Feature film length – usually 30,000 words.

Script of any length up to 30,000 words – £380

Script of more than 30,000 words up to 60,000 words – £450

Script of more than 60,000 words – please contact us.


Scripts for TV and Radio:

1 hour episode – £250

2 hour episode – £450

3 hour episode – £650.


Book proposals (to send to agents or publishers):

Giving detailed advice on writing your proposal and help rewriting existing proposal – £350

Reading book and rewriting from existing proposal – £550

Writing your book proposal for submission to agent, publisher, or producer with full chapter synopsis – £750


Our Popular Agent Finder Service:

We will read your book, create the query or proposal package and copy edit the first three chapters. Then we research who would be

the best agents or publishers for your work and send out your query package for you. We will send to agents and/or publishers. We charge £1,100 for six months and £1,900 for a year for this service. There are no gurantees, but many of our clients’ querry have attracted the attention of top agents.



This is a very personal relationship and depends on your project, but you can expect to pay £350 per hour, depending on project and experience.

You can also take out a three-month mentoring arrangement for £1,900, six-months for £4,000, or a

one-year mentoring arrangement for £6,000 This will involve regular meetings in person or via



Every book is different, so please contact us to discuss your project. The package includes copy editing, proofreading, cover design and formatting. Depending on the amount of work needed, the average fee to self-publish a book would be in the region of:

Fees depend on nature of the book, but packages start in the region of:

£3,700 for 60,000 word book.

£4,700 for an 80,000 word book.

£5,000 for a 100,000 word book.


Marketing for Self-published books:


We will promote your book to print and online reviewers and on social media:

Marketing package £5,000 for six months. Press releases, trying to place in book stores, Twitter and Facebook campaigns, sending to book bloggers and reviewers.

Call us to discuss further on 01865 238066 or email info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk.


Does my idea have legs?:

We often get new writers who are unsure if they should devote the blood, sweat and tears in an otherwise busy life to a book, play or

film. This service helps them at the very start to focus on their objectives and the real potential of their ideas with the help of an

experienced, professional writer.

Fee: £350

Please don’t hesitate to call to discuss.


Writing courses:


£700 for 6 months.

£1,400 for 12 months.

One-to-one via Zoom:

£1,500 for 6 months.

£3,00 for a year


Ghost Writing:

By arrangement.

Every book is different, but the average 60,000 word book would cost in the region of £7,500 to £25,000 to write from interviews or notes.

To write the entire book from your original idea would start at £15,000.



Let us write your life story for publication or just to hand down to the family.

The average 60,000 word memoir, written through interviews, costs in the region of £5,000 – £15,000.

Fees are calculated according to the length of the text, the number of interviews and the number of photos:

Please contact us to discuss.


Getting Started:

At The Oxford Editors we love to hear from new writers, as well as from old friends. We will do everything in our power to ensure that you get the very best from your writing experience; our aim is to provide help and encouragement for all writers.


How to Pay:


We hope we have made our Fees page easy to use. You can pay using a debit or credit card via our website. You can pay by cheque made out to The Oxford Editors Limited and sent to our address. If it is easier for you, you can  pay by direct bank transfer – just ask us for details.

If you are in doubt please contact us through our Contacts Us page or telephone us on 01865 238066 or 01865 358737.

We are always happy to talk to you if you have any questions.

Manuscripts can be sent using our Submit Script page, or via email as a word document attachment to info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk

When submitting a manuscript please be sure to have the following details on the document:

Submit via our website or send as attachment to info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk with your name and the email address you used to contact us on.

Your postal address.

The service requested (assessment, copy editing etc.).

Any deadlines you have for the work.

Always enclose a cover letter with your manuscript, with some basic information. It would help to know your target audience, your experience, the genre you are working in, your concerns and anything else that will help us to help you.


Next steps:

Please submit your manuscript. Once we have received your manuscript and payment, we will send you an acknowledgment and then pass your work and details to the editor who best meets your requirements.

We can provide an express service with a turn-around time of 2-3 weeks at an additional cost of 50% of the original fee.


All manuscripts should be typewritten in 12 point and double-spaced. Please number the pages in order to avoid confusion.

There will be an extra charge for handwritten manuscripts or those sent by post.

We will take great care of your work, but letters have been known to be lost in the post and computers crash, so please always make sure that you have a back-up copy of your manuscript. We cannot be responsible for any loss of your work.


We love to talk:

At The Oxford Editors we are always happy to take the time to make sure we meet your needs and expectations. If in doubt about your fees or the service that best suits your needs feel free to get in touch via our Contact Us page or on info@theoxfordeditors.co.uk.

Phone us if you want to talk over your options, for more information or just to chat about whether we can help you.


Telephone us:

Telephone us for more information on:


01865 238066 or 01865 358737.

From overseas:

0044(0)1865 238066

0044(0)1865 358737

International contact numbers (new numbers coming soon):


Write to us:


Suite 103,

266 Banbury Road,




International payments:

If you are based outside the UK please contact us for details on how to pay by international bank transfer.


Please see our Terms and Conditions:


“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
John Steinbeck

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If you are in doubt please contact us through our Contact Us page or telephone us on 01865 238066/01865 358737 for more information