Editing Services

If you’re an indie author looking for a freelance editor who charges reasonable rates but still does a professional job of your edit, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m Mikey Campling, indie author, and I live, breathe, eat, and sleep, fiction of all types. In a nutshell, fiction is my life.

As an author, you want someone who cares about your work. You want someone who is committed to making your novel as great as it can possibly be. And you want someone who will go to the wire to protect your voice and maintain the integrity of your work.

Here are the answers to some questions you may have – if you’d like to know anything else, use the form below to get in touch.

What are your credentials?

I have a first class honours degree in education. I have spent over a decade in the teaching profession and the teaching of writing was one of my specialisms. During my time as a teacher, I attended professional training courses in grammar. I have also worked as a website manager for a college for six years, writing and editing copy for their website. I have published a selection of novels and I have sold short stories to an anthology. I write every day and I treat every piece of work as a learning opportunity.

What types of editing do you offer?

Developmental editing – advice on story content and structure, including character development and plot progression. Typically this is done after a first draft is completed.

Line editing – consistency, voice, pov, person, grammar, usage, style, over-used words/phrases, plot holes, character development, flow, clarity, pace. This is an intensive treatment to get your work ready for publication and includes two passes.

Proofreading – grammar and consistency. I only offer this to pieces that have already had significant input, e.g. work that has been edited or at least corrected by a panel of readers. Only unquestionable errors will be identified, e.g. incorrect words and punctuation.

You’re in the UK, do you work with US and international authors?

Yes. Some of my work is already published with US spellings and conventions, and so I am very familiar with the phrases, spellings, and usage necessary to appeal to the US audience.

Do you offer a free sample edit?

For all new clients, I will assess and edit the first 2,000 words of your work for free. This will give you a very good idea of my work, and you’ll be able to decide if we make a good team.

How much do you charge?

Each book is different and I provide unique quotes for each edit.

For a limited time, new clients get a 20% discount. I may offer loyalty discounts for returning customers and special offers from time to time.

The following prices are guidelines and are deliberately competitive.

Developmental editing

This is charged by the hour so you can buy as much of my time as you want. $25 per hour (new clients, $20/hour for up to 5 hours)

Line editing

A thorough line by line edit that includes two passes.

This is charged per unit of 1,000 words. Prices are from $10 per 1,000 words (new clients, $8/1,000 words)

Typically, an 80k novel would cost  a new client $640.


A single pass to eliminate grammatical errors.

This is charged per unit of 1,000 words. Prices are from $8 per 1,000 words (new clients, $6.4/1,000 words)

Typically, an 80k novel would cost  a new client $512.

I hope we can work together – please use the form below and we’ll see what we can do