Post # 1
Today my coworker approached me with an offer to edit her friend’s book draft. I told her that while I do have an English degree concentrated in writing, the only pieces I’ve actually edited were literary magazine submissions and scholarly essays; therefore, if she wants me to edit her book, I could do it, but she might feel safer having a professional or a university professor instead.
My coworker still wants to know how much I’d charge. Sooo…having no real professional experience in this…how much do I charge? Obviously not a lot, but I don’t even know what constitutes an appropriate sum. I’ve only ever edited voluntarily or under a flat fee from a supervisor.
Post # 3
Since she is a friend, I would probably charge $2.00 per page?
Post # 4
I would try to estimate how long it would take to complete the job. Let’s say it would take five days at eight hours per day. Then I would charge a flat rate for the five days. I would clarify that once you return it to her, if she wants additional edits or advice that would be a separate job and a separate fee.
Post # 5
I would go by an hourly wage. Since it’s your first job like this, consider just the typical minimum wage in your area (If you ever do this kind of job again, you could ask for more). And be very specific: does she want only grammar and spelling? Or does she also want marks asking for more clarity? If a paragraph is completely awful or confusing, does she want to know, or does she only want proofreading? Non-English types often don’t realize that “edit” can have a number of different meanings.
Post # 6
I was thinking of charging by the page rather than by the hour. It’s basically a side job that I’d be doing on my free time.
I looked up average fees for freelance editors and i figure if I can do 5-10 pages an hour, then $3 per page should be alright – $15-$30 an hour, when the average for a professional is about $40 an hour.
May change depending on what she needs. The default in my mind is basic copy editing and proof reading. I don’t think she’ll want fact-checking and the really complicated stuff.