Prices & Payments

prices and payments

Acres of Ink prices are calculated at fixed rates, but there are payment options and discount opportunities available. Kim does not currently operate a Sliding Scale payment scheme but applies a standard discount to all novels exceeding 10,000 words.

Don’t forget to check out the Promotions & Discounts page and follow Acres of Ink on Twitter for news of competitions and deals.


Sample edits


Sample edits are free, up to 3,000 words.

The ‘free sample’ discount is also applied to novels undergoing Developmental Edits or Proofreading, as long as they exceed 10,000 words.


Developmental editing (Basic Rate)


Charged at £0.0035 per word*.

*The ‘free sample’ discount is also applied, as long as the novel totals over 10,000 words.

Example 1:

Client A sends a novel to Acres of Ink for a full Developmental Edit. The novel totals 80,000 words.

80,000 words x £0.0035 = £280.00.
The ‘sample’ discount is worth (3,000 x £0.0035) £10.50.
£280 – £10.50 = £269.50.

Therefore Client A pays a total of £269.50.

Example 2:

Client B sends a short story to Acres of Ink for a full Developmental Edit. The novel totals 9,999 words.

9,999 words x £0.0035 = £35.00

As the document does not exceed 10,000 words, the ‘sample’ discount does not apply.

Therefore Client B pays a total of £35.00.


Proofreading (Basic Rate)


Charged at £0.0025 per word*.

*The ‘free sample’ discount is also applied, as long as the novel totals over 10,000 words.

Example 1:

Client A sends a novel to Acres of Ink for a Proofreading Service. The novel totals 80,000 words.

80,000 words x £0.0025 = £200.00.
The ‘sample’ discount is worth (3,000 x £0.0025) £7.50.
£200 – £7.50 = £192.50.

Therefore Client A pays a total of £192.50.

Example 2:

Client B sends a short story to Acres of Ink for a full Developmental Edit. The document totals 9,999 words.

9,999 words x £0.0025 = £25.00

As the document does not exceed 10,000 words, the ‘sample’ discount does not apply.

Therefore Client B pays a total of £25.00.


Check out our promotions & discounts page for current offers.


Notes on sample edits

  • Sample edits are completely free. This is to establish a style understanding between author and editor.
  • Sample edits are provided up to 3,000 words only.
  • Authors are under no obligation to purchase a full services from Acres of Ink.
  • If an author purchases a full service, the cost of the first 3,000 words will be deducted from the final cost, as long as the final manuscript totals over 10,000 words.
  • Should an author choose to purchase a full service from Acres of Ink and their final manuscript does not total over 10,000 words, full ‘per word’ payment will be required [see Prices].

Notes on payments

  • All monies will be requested via PayPal invoice.
  • Money will only be exchanged through PayPal, therefore providing protection for both parties.
  • All final costs will be agreed before any funds are exchanged.
  • A deposit–amounting to 10% of the full service price–will be requested before any full editing / proofreading slot is confirmed.
  • 100% of final cost is due no later than 7 days after issue of final invoice.
  • Payment plans are available upon request for repeat clients only. Options are:
    • 2 monthly installments
    • 3 monthly installments