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Manuscript Assessment Services

Fiction, non-fiction, short stories and children’s books.

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 with any questions.


Short stories

Up to 5,000 words £100
6,000 words £110
7,000 words £120
8,000 words £130
9,000 words £140
10,000 words £150


Full-length Books

20,000 words £200
30,000 words £224
40,000 words £266
50,000 words £308
60,000 words £344
70,000 words £386
80,000 words £434
90,000 words £490
100,000 words £648


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.

For longer manuscripts please contact us first.

We are delighted to offer returning clients a 5% discount.



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 £19 per 1,000 words for fiction. Proofreading starts at £10 per 1,000 words.

Developmental editing:

This is a very personalised service, so please contact us first for a quote. Fees start at £25 per 1,000 words.



Every book is different, so please contact us to discuss your project. The package includes copy editing, proofreading, cover design and formatting. On average to self-publish a book the fees would be:

Self-publishing with all the frills:


Every book is different, but you can expect to pay in the region of:

£3,500 for 60,000 word book.

£3,900 for an 80,000 word book.

£4,300 for a 100,000 word book.


Marketing package:

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

Marketing package £2,500 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.


Scripts for TV, radio, film and theatre:marx

Feature film length – usually 30,000 words.

Script of any length up to 30,000 words – £280
Script of more than 30,000 words up to 60,000 words – £350

Script of more than 60,000 words – stop now.


TV and Radio:

1 hour episode – £180
2 hour episode – £360

3 hour episode – think hard about this and then let us cut to 2hrs and 30 minutes for £400.


Book proposals (to send to agents or publishers):

Giving detailed advice on writing your proposal – £185
Writing your book proposal for submission to agent or publisher – £285


Agent finder:

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 or publishers for at least six months. We charge £950 for the service.



This is a very personal relationship and depends on your project, but you can expect to pay between £65 and £150 per hour, depending on project and experience.

You can also take out a three-month mentoring arrangement for £1,450, six-months for £2,500, or a one-year mentoring arrangement for £3,520. This will involve regular meetings in person or via Skype and assessment of work as it is produced.


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: £200

Please don’t hesitate to call and discuss.


Writing courses:

Online during coronavirus lockdown:

Contact us for details.

£500 for 6 months.

£1,000 for 12 months.


Ghost writing:

By arrangement. Every book is different, but the average 60,000 word book would cost in the region of £4,500 to £7,600 to write from interviews or notes.

To write from an original idea by your editor would start at £6,000.



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.


Life Story package

Fees are calculated according to the length of the text and the number of photos.

Hardback book – with text of up to 10,000 words, including up to 20 photos, plus 4 print copies and a digital copy £1,500

Hardback book – with text of up to 20,000 words, including up to 30 photos, plus 4 print copies and a digital copy £2,900

Hardback book – with text of up to 35,000 words, including up to 40 photos, plus 4 print copies and a digital copy £5,250

Please call to discuss longer books.



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


We do not accept encrypted manuscripts.

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

Your name and the email address you used to contact us on.

Your postal address.

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

The date you submitted the manuscript and 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.

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.


Talk to us

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 York: 00 1 332 999 2984

Dublin: 00 353 1657 1803

Sydney: 00 61 261 403 376


Write to us

Suite 103,

266 Banbury Road,




Overseas 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