I provide sub-editing services to newspapers, magazines and websites, and copy editing and proofreading services to mainstream and independent publishers and self-publishers. If you would like to know more about my professional background, please use the links at the top of this page.


  • Sub-editing includes restructuring and rewriting copy; editing copy to fit desired word counts or space on designed pages; ensuring consistency of style, tone and language; and fact-checking.
  • Magazines, newspapers, websites, catalogues and company communications may be subbed.
  • Layout sub-editing using Adobe InDesign or QuarkXpress available.
  • The sub-editing of online material also includes rewriting for search engine optimisation (SEO), checking in-line HTML, applying internal links for canonicalisation, and tagging videos and images using your content management system (CMS).
  • Remote and office-based hourly or shift-based working patterns available.
  • Short and long-term bookings welcome.
  • International clients offering remote working accepted.

Copy editing

  • Copy editing includes minor restructuring and rewriting, fact-checking, and ensuring consistency of language, style and tone of manuscripts.
  • There is an excellent detailed description of what copy editing is and is not on the SfEP’s website.
  • Services aimed at mainstream publishers and self-publishers.
  • Hourly and ‘per 1,000 words’ rates available.
  • Hard copy or electronic files can be checked.


  • Proofreading (also known as ‘line editing’) offers a detailed check of grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage to produce an error-free final manuscript.
  • Manuscripts, screenplays, theses and corporate documents may be proofread.
  • Proofreading is carried out on a finalised electronic document or typeset pages.
  • Proofreading is a separate service to copy editing.
  • Rates charged per hour.
  • Electronic and hard copies proofed.

If you would like to discuss hiring me, please send an email using this contact form. Alternatively, you may phone me on (+44) 020 3290 3213 or Skype me at richard_cosgrove.