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Thread poster: Ana Juliá

Ana Juliá
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Jan 8, 2004

What are the most usual rates for proofreading in Spain? I've been asked for a rate for the revision of books in Spanish. are there different rates for orthographic-grammar revision and stylistic revision?

Thank you in advance.


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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33% of the translation rate Jan 8, 2004

I do not know about Spain but my rule of thumb is 1/3 of my translation rate for a certain text - and this seems to be accepted by most clients.


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Fuad Yahya  Identity Verified
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The rate would depend on the type of service Jan 9, 2004

For bilingual editing (checking a translation against the source text): 40% of the translation rate.

For monolingual editing (checking a text as an independent text, even if originally translated from another text): 30% of the translation rate.

For monolingual proofreading (checking spelling, typography, orthography, minor formatting issues, but not choice of words or stylistic issues): 20% of the translation rate.

For details:

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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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Local time: 16:39
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yes, different rates Jan 10, 2004

I agree with Fuad different services warrant different rates. In my case, I charge a different rate for proofreading (cold reading, not checking against a source document), basic editing (checking against a source document for completeness, accuracy, consistency and minor style issues) or extensive editing (rewriting for correct style, register, etc.).

You will find agencies will tend to lump all editing/proofreading into one rate, without distinction, so it is up to you to decide how you want to price your work.

I normally charge reviewing assignments by the hour, so I could not advise you regarding per word rates, but Fuad's breakdown seems reasonable.

Good luck!

Susana Galilea
Accredited Translator, EUTI

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