[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Shifts / books

Updated: 2019-09-18

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" or "Search" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

Shifts / books

* Tell us what you've been paid for Shifts / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
Blossom Spring Publishing flat fee per 100k words, £20 per 1k thereafter, non-negotiable; (offer refused) 2015 GBP 100.00 X
Insider's Guide (Langenscheidt) rewrite existing book - abt 35 hours all in 2003 GBP 750.00
Law Business Research freelance copy editor day: setting text on the page, making author proofs, liaising with in-house editorial assistants, taking in emendations and corrections, and sending artwork to press 2017 GBP 120.00 GR XX
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides copy editing rate per hour 2014 EUR 40.00 O
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides copy editing rate per hour 2014 EUR 40.00 O
Louis Vuitton Travel Guides copy editing rate per hour 2014 EUR 40.00 O
Penguin Atlas (packaged by Veneta Butler) picture research, rush job _Pearson 2001 GBP 200.00
The Juice (Mitchell Beazley) subbing day 2009 GBP 140.00
Time Out updating guide chapter, ca. 1000 words _TOut 2006 GBP 175.00
Time Out guidebook proofing short book _TOut 2006 GBP 400.00
Time Out guidebook per day _TOut 2006 GBP 110.00 X
Academic publication (unnamed) copy-editing day - 12 essays 2014 GBP 500.00
Aldridge Press (packager) editorial day 2004 GBP 135.00
bi-annual subbing a magazine translated into English from French, 58,000 words in total 2019 EUR 2300.00 X
Book ghosting and editing per day _BlackPr 2013 GBP 400.00
Book publisher per day - 2018 GBP 120.00 XXX
Book publisher per day - 2018 GBP 50.00 XXXX
Book publisher editing day (specialist) 2006 GBP 175.00
Book publishers proofreading or editing, per hour, up to 2006 GBP 25.00
Book: Offshore Company Law 2nd edn per day per job - hours unspecified but set fee 20 chapters plus annexes (forms) _Thomson 2007 GBP 800.00 GR
British Council Guides (Hotcourses Ltd) 7.5 hour day subbing spreads on-screen 2007 GBP 130.00 X
British Dental Association Editing transcriptions of lectures to compile them into a book to help small business owners, such as medical practices 2018 GBP 200.00
Cadogans Travel Guides subbing day 1995 GBP 75.00
Carlton Books editing for UK edition (offered £100 a day for 2 days, bargained £250 for job long day) _Carlton 2002 GBP 250.00 X
Children's books per editorial hour 2009 GBP 15.00 X
Children's dictionary (Bender White - packager) editing day 2005 GBP 140.00
City of London finance house per day editing a report viz an agency, no expenses incurred, so flat fee to me 2006 GBP 250.00
college text book commissioning cover, approx 100 hours _Pearson 2010 GBP 3000.00
Collins Harvill Proofread a book (size unspecified) 1992 GBP 333.00
Contract publishing per day to run project as editor including concept, pitching to client, client handling, commissioning text and subbing the text, plus social media and press releases related to project. Each book project lasts about a year, sometimes working every day, so 2018 GBP 250.00
Dorling Kindersley book editing day _DK 1995 GBP 100.00
Educational Publisher day editing 2004 GBP 400.00 O
English Language Teaching (ELT) coursebook editing and proofreading substantial book for secondary schools _Holtzb 2009 GBP 3500.00
General books picture research, basic and creative, per day UK rights only other 2007 GBP 126.00
Gollancz copy-editing per hour _Hach 2013 GBP 16.50 GR X
Guidebook per day subbing a guide from home _Hach 2005 EUR 140.00 XX
Hachette books - general editing, copyediting, proofreading per day _Hach 2007 GBP 125.00
HarperCollins Copy-editing per hour - member quoted Fees Guide rate and got it _NI 2015 GBP 24.00
Hodder educational book subbing day _Hach 2008 GBP 150.00
Hodder Headline reading material for schools, per day _Hach 2007 GBP 350.00 O
Illustrated books editing day _DK 2013 GBP 130.00 GR
ILO (International Labour Organization?) per day book editing - CHF 5000 = 2016 GBP 3500.00
Insight Guides per day editing/subbing travel books at home paid gross 2006 GBP 140.00
Japanese publisher edit 80,000-word book 2012 GBP 4000.00 O
Jaqui Small Publishing fixed fee for project editor - US edition 2014 GBP 385.00 XXX
Jaqui Small Publishing fixed fee for project editor 2014 GBP 3800.00 XX
Lars Wagner design a book (8 hours) 2017 GBP 500.00
Legal/academic textbook editing day, pays approx £1.50 per page exes £25 for printing _OUP 2013 GBP 750.00
LexisNexisUK per hour - _RE 2018 GBP 24.00
MBC subbing day 1993 GBP 120.00
Morgan-Grampian subbing day (taxed at source) _MG 1995 GBP 110.00
museum guide German copy-editing per hour 2001 GBP 20.00
Natural History Museum subbing, per hour _HMG 2001 GBP 14.00 GR X
Non-fiction book per day proofreading 90,000-word book 2019 GBP 1500.00
Non-fiction book per day proofreading 90,000-word book minimum, more if rush job, find publishers willing to renegotiate if unanticipated extra work eg rewriting 2019 GBP 1500.00
Non-fiction book per day proofreading ghost-written autobiography, then renegotiating to cover massive rewrite 2019 GBP 6000.00 O
Non-fiction book per day heavy edit on non-fiction book, £3000 agreed then major rewrite-plus led to renegotiation to... 2019 GBP 4750.00
Non-fiction book per day proofing/light edit on non-fiction book minimum 2019 GBP 1000.00
Octopus Americanization, per book 1998 GBP 350.00 XXXX
Octopus subbing day 1996 GBP 112.00
Orion Publishing Group copy-editing per hour _Hach 2013 GBP 16.00 GR XX
Pearson Education subbing/writing _Pearson 2003 GBP 135.00
Pearson Education (Books) commissioning + developmental editing, per hour _Pearson 2010 GBP 30.00
Privately published recipe book per day editorial "not a lot, but for a friend" 2017 GBP 800.00 X
Publishing Business (that's the company name) subbing day _PubBiz 2014 GBP 150.00
Publishing Business (that's the company name) subbing day _PubBiz 2014 GBP 150.00
QED book proofing and editing day _Quarto 2009 GBP 105.00 X
Quercus books copy-editing per hour 2013 GBP 17.50 GR X
Reviewing as-yet-unpublished scientific pamphlet per day - paid in advance 2017 EUR 480.00 GR
Rising Stars Educational Publishing development editing of ten 48pp school readers - flat fee, payment on publication (4 months after start of project, 2 months after completion of the work, publication now delayed so payment now also being postponed for a further 3 months) 2011 GBP 2000.00
Routledge (Academic) per day copyediting books per page _Informa 2009 GBP 1.35 X
Routledge / Taylor & Francis copy editing, per double-spaced A4 page _Informa 2006 GBP 1.35
Schoolbooks (Pearson) project managment, editing per hour (Pay on publication of product - could be 6 months or more!) _Pearson 2010 GBP 30.00
Self-published book copy-editing book- took 29 hours - per hour 2019 GBP 35.00
Taschen books per day picture research lunch and travel - paid 2011 GBP 50.00 XXXX
Taylor & Francis manuscript editing, on screen, per A4 page _Informa 2006 GBP 1.30 X
Taylor + Francis STM (scientific, technical and medical) journal copyediting, per ds A4 ms page _Informa 2006 GBP 1.90
Teacher-training CD-ROM series - high-profile DfES project per day _HMG 2006 GBP 500.00 O
Time Out Guide Book editing new edition of city guide book - straight fee. Four months nearly full time work. _TOut 2004 GBP 7000.00
University careers guides per day flat rate non-negotiable fee regardless of whether a publication is being redesigned, or how many hours worked _Ziff 2017 GBP 800.00 X
Unnamed Nambian publisher unspecified activity, per day "OK as Namibian rate!" 2016 GBP 60.00
Various book publishers book editing per hour 2013 GBP 20.00
Vocational qualifications text books commissioning, text development, project mgmnt, approx 3 days a week for 6 months: per hour _Pearson 2010 GBP 30.00
Zed books subbing day 1996 GBP 104.00
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication / Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EUR or (US) USDcurrency
5 Amount paid (total of basic licence and extra licences for web use, database resale...) Amount
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it:  GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement:  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50.00X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500.00O

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