Your projects are unique. And the proofreading, editing and transcription prices I quote are unique to your projects too.
I ask for a sample of the text or audio and a clear brief so I can see exactly what’s what. The more involvement your work needs, the longer it takes to return the spot-on copy you need. And expect.
As a guide, costs start at £100 to…
- Proofread 10 pages in Word
- Proofread 5 pages in PDF
- Transcribe and proofread 30 minutes of good quality audio (2-3 people, UK English)
If you create regular copy and want me to seamlessly fit into your copywriting process, you can book a block of my time that’s held for you each month. We’ll discuss the types of copy you regularly create then agree how many days or hours to set aside.
I quote a set project fee to make it easier for you to budget and keep your clients in the loop. The only time an hourly rate may be best is for spreadsheets that need cross-checking against brand guidelines.
Why one-off project fees differ
Copy-editing and proof-editing take longer than proofreading. There’s so much more to get stuck into. And they need a full proofread after too.
PDFs take twice as long to proofread than a Word document. There are the visual elements to check as well as the copy. And adding those sticky notes and annotations isn’t as simple as tracking changes.
Spreadsheets may have descriptions with a whopping list of brand rules to crosscheck. Or there may be none at all. If there are a lot of rules to work with, I might suggest these projects are billed based on how long they take to complete. I’ll let you know if that’s the best way forwards.
Audio transcription is often quoted per audio minute. And one hour of clear audio can take up to four hours to transcribe. I do it differently. I quote a set fee based on your specific audio content. It gets rid of the risk of rushing through your file. There’s time for a meticulous transcription and a full proofread.
Quotes: I quote retained time on the amount of days or hours you need. For most one-off projects I quote a set fee, not how long it’ll take. Unless it’s a rule-riddled spreadsheet as that may be billed hourly.
Timescales: A speedy turnaround doesn’t fit with what I do. It’s a methodical process. And I need to know I’ve done my best for you. I'm fussy. With high standards.
Contracts: I issue a Statement of Work with a Booking Contract to be signed for each new retainer or one-off project. I like things to be clear for us both. Being organised is fun.
Deposits: I take either a full or 50% non-refundable deposit. Retainers are invoiced in full in advance to book the time in for the coming month. One-off projects of £500 and below are invoiced in full. Projects of £501 and above are invoiced 50%. I’ll send you the invoice once the Booking Contract’s been signed. Your retained hours or project will be confirmed in my schedule once your payment’s been received. This way we both know the time’s scheduled in just for you.
If you want to deliver exceptional copy to your clients, drop me a line!