The skill and time required to edit or proofread a document can vary depending on the type of document; the level of edit required; and the editor's qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge.
I will try to gather as much information as possible from you about your project and your needs and preferences before quoting a price. For new clients, I usually suggest a sample edit. This helps to ensure that:
You can be confident that I will quote a price that is reasonable and comparable to the prices quoted by other IPEd accredited editors with a similar level of experience and expertise. My quoted price will be specific to your needs; it will not be an arbitrary rate based on word count or page count.
Wendy consistently produces work of high quality. She is accommodating of requests, and delivers outstanding work under tight deadlines. Wendy is a very conscientious and dedicated person. She works extremely well with her clients and always endeavours to produce the best results for them.
No two editors will edit a document in exactly the same way. Therefore, comparing quotes purely on price can be misleading, and knowing an editor's hourly rate is of little use because editors work at different speeds.
You may find it helpful to ask each editor who is providing you with a quote to also provide a sample edit of your document. Then you will be able to compare the sample edits and decide if you are satisfied with both the editor's approach and the price of his or her quote.
I charge a fee for a sample edit. If, after receiving your edited sample, you decide to commission me to edit your document, I will deduct the price of the sample edit from your invoice.
Briefing an editor
The more information you can provide, the better. The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) provides guidance on how to brief an editor.
Requesting a quote
When you contact me using the message form on my Contact page, I will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours. I will provide a no-obligation quote within 24 hours of receiving your document. For a sample edit of your document, please allow 36 hours.
I approached many editors and asked for a sample edit; their skills ranged from highly professional to mediocre. After seeing Wendy’s sample edit, I knew I was making the perfect choice for me. Based on my experience and satisfaction with the outcome, I would advise any writer to include sample edits as part of the selection process—you have worked too hard not to.
I am a professional member of the Australian Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), which now provides some guidance on rates. See Editors' pay rates.
The IPEd Standing Committee on Academic Editing has recently published indicative costs of academic editing. It is important to keep in mind that these costs are an indication only, not necessarily recommended rates. See the subheading Resource: Indicative costs of academic editing (you will need to scroll down that page a little to find the heading).
In Australia, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) also publishes its own recommended rates for freelancers. See Freelance charge-out rates.
Some international societies of editors and other organisations also provide guidance on rates (see links below). When considering international rates, it is important to keep currency exchange rates in mind. See the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), previously known as the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) (UK) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) (USA).