Frequently asked questions
How much do you charge?
For editing, I charge between $30.-$60. an hour depending on the intricacy of the job.
What do you need to give me a quote and begin my job?
The most important thing I need to give you a quote is your document. This will be made much easier if your document is in Word. If you do not yet have the document, I will ask you a series of questions in order to give you a quote beforehand.
What are your payment terms?
I accept checks, bank transfers, or ideally PayPal. Payment is due within 30 days, but most clients pay me a few days after they receive their job.
How do we document our agreement?
For most jobs, a simple email will suffice to document our agreement. In the case of books, we often draw up a standard contract.
How long will it take to do my job?
For editing, do you make the changes directly to my text?
For documents in Word, I use track changes. This means that you can approve the changes one-by-one or as a group when you receive the document.
Do you have samples of your editing or translation work?
I would be happy to provide you with one or two examples of my editing or translation work. In all cases, I have received permission from the client to share these documents, or I have erased identifying information. Sometimes I simply provide a link to my online work.
Do you charge for sample editing or translations?
Each editing job is entirely unique even when it comes from the same author. Indeed, each editing stage is different for any given document. Because of this, for my new clients I offer to edit three pages of your text over 20 pages free of charge. If you decide we are a good fit, we can proceed. (To be clear, a standard page is a 12 point standard typeface, double-spaced.)
In the case of a translation, will it be proofread?
After I translate the first draft, I check it against the original, and then I keep polishing my work through subsequent drafts. I proof it multiple times until it's perfect. However, it's always recommended that another set of eyes does the final check. That's why we'll need to discuss who will be proofing the job before settling on a price. This question is included in the intake form I mentioned in the first FAQ on this page.