“I have no doubt that Cornerstones helped me on my way to a publishing contract. Their advice was constructive and professional and helped me approach my manuscript in a completely different way.”

Anne-Marie Conway, Star Makers Club, Usborne

UK Rates and Packages

Since 1998 Cornerstones has been helping authors jump from the slush pile to representation and publication with a range of competitive, bespoke packages, and a team of top editors. We do this by offering comprehensive editorial services and acting as scouts for agents.

Whether you’re in the early stages of a draft, have revised several times, are ready to submit, or seek one-to-one workshopping with an experienced industry editor, Cornerstones can help.

We select our editors carefully. Some are agented and published authors; others have worked within the industry for years as commissioning editors, publishers or agents. Matching you with the right editor is an important part of the process.

  • Go to the Contact Us page of the site to submit your synopsis, first 10 pages and query. We filter submissions, only taking on material we feel has potential and is at the self-editing stage.
  • We offer an initial consult at no charge. If you’d like to consider commissioning an editorial report please attach your first chapter and synopsis for the initial free assessment. The team will then get back to you with a quote and a package that most suits your needs. Click ‘Get Started’ below.

PACKAGES (fiction and non-fiction):

The Interim Read is a read-through of the full MS, with a 1-page summary and optional phone chat with the editor afterwards. This service is perfect for returning authors who’ve made revisions and want to know if they’re on the right track but don’t require a report.

The Consultancy Report (8–12 pages approx) provides a manuscript with specialist attention and involves a structural critique, mark-up where required (not copyedit), and a 1.5 hour brainstorm session (including preparation) with the editor post-report. Our editors live all over the UK and it’s helpful to us to assign the right editor rather than one who lives near to you. If you don’t feel able to travel to them you’ll want to conduct the brainstorm session via Skype or phone. This report is ideal if you have agent or publisher interest, are on the cusp of being published, or are looking for a more hands-on editorial approach.

If you are looking for one-on-one support, Mentoring is a great option. You can use it however you want to, whether it’s reading your full MS or just a few scenes; working through Show Don’t Tell; brainstorming your plot; or preparing your submission package.

Are You Ready to Submit? is a service that looks at your query letter, 1-page synopsis and first 3 chapters – or up to 30 double-spaced pages – to assess whether your package is ready to send to an agent or editor.

The Picture Book Report looks at the fundamentals of how to structure and style a pacy story, where every word counts. We can assess up to 3 stories per report (under 1000 words each). Where multiple texts are assessed, please note that each text may not be commented upon separately in equal depth. Additional notes on picture book presentation will be provided.

The Scout Read (by consideration only) is a full read-through of your MS by an Industry Editor who will read it as an agent would. You will receive a summary of the marketability of the MS, what is and isn’t working, and what your next steps might be – including, if applicable, consideration by the Cornerstones Team for submission to agents.

For Line Edit, Copyedit and Proofreading services, please contact us for a quote.

For children’s packages under 25,000 words, please contact us for more options.

Our CORE editors are agented writers and experienced editors, many of whom also teach creative writing.

Our INDUSTRY editors have worked in a publishing house or agency for many years at a senior level (commissioning editors, editorial directors at publishing houses, and senior agents); or are multi-bestselling authors.

RATES (excluding VAT):


Interim Read Consultancy Report Mentoring Are You Ready To Submit?  

Picture Book Report


Scout Read

Adult Core Editor £200 up to 25k words; £300 25-50k; £6 per 1k words thereafter £350 up to 25k words;  £400, 25k-50k;  £8 per 1k words thereafter £150 per 3 hours n/a n/a n/a
Adult Industry Editor n/a £450 up to 25k words;  £500, 25k – 50k; £10 per 1k words thereafter £210 per 3 hours £350 n/a £250 up to 25k words; £350 25-50k; £7 per 1k words thereafter
Children’s/YA Core Editor £200 up to 25k words;  £300, 25k – 50k; £6 per 1k words thereafter  

£350 up to 25k words;
£400 up to 50k words; £8 per 1k words thereafter


£150 per 3 hours  



£135 plus £55 for each subsequent title n/a
Children’s/YA Industry Editor n/a £450 up to 25k words;  £500, 25k – 50k; £10 per 1k words thereafter £210 per 3 hours £350 £200 plus £70 for each subsequent title £250 up to 25k words; £350 25-50k; £7 per 1k words thereafter


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to talk through any of these packages so we can choose which one will work best for you. We look forward to hearing from you!