At a glance, you’ll pay £25 [€30] + a per-word rate of between £0.01 and £0.029
I provide a quote which you can rely on, assuming the sample you send is representative; if not we will have renegotiated amicably :-). The fee includes some time for follow-up queries and discussion.
There is a start-up/admin fee for every job. This is fixed and is normally £25 [€30], certainly for all the usual, normal proofreading jobs. For some jobs that are particularly arduous to set up it can be higher.
The minimum overall fee for a job is £50 [€60]; beyond that the factors are as follows.
i) How hard is it?
The time required depends on the level of English, the complexity and difficulty of the task: this is estimated from the sample [or whole document] that you send.
‘Poor English and/or very complex and difficult’ might mean working at roughly 800 words/hour
‘Middling English and medium complexity and difficulty’ means working at roughly 1600 words/hour
‘Good English and not complex or difficult’ means working at roughly 2400 words/hour
ii) This translates into a rate per word. I then work out the fee, based on a reasonable professional fee for a good professional job done. Roughly speaking three illustrative examples for a 5,000 word text would be:-
– Very good English, simple text: total fee = €80 (£65).
– Middling English, averagely complex text: total fee = €130 (£105). Most jobs are at around this sort of rate.
– Poor English, complex text: total fee = €180 (£145).
iii) Impoverished students are typically offered a 10% reduction.
iv) Larger jobs benefit from a small discount pro rata.
v) Further illustrative examples:-
a) 10,000 word paper for a Senior Lecturer, middling English and complexity = €210 (£170). Student rate = €190 (£153).
b) 20,000 word paper for a Senior Lecturer, middling English and complexity = €390 (£312). Student rate = €350 (£280).
c) 100,000 word book for a Senior Lecturer, middling English and complexity = €1,830 (£1,460). Student rate for similar dissertation/thesis = €1,645 (£1,315).