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Thread poster: Claudio Chagas
Claudio Chagas
Brazil
Local time: 07:16
English to Portuguese
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Nov 20, 2004

Hello everybody,

I have not obtained any feedback on my last post so I decided to resend it, and make clear that what I would like to find out how to calculate a reasonable proofreading/editing rate. I know my translaion rates, but have never charged for proofreading/editing.

So if anyone has any ideas to give me I'd be very appreciative.

Many thanks,

Claudio

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I've been contacted by a contract publisher in the UK who is trying to pull together a team of language sub-editors for a large amount of editing work on producing two 128pp and two 38pp brochures that will need editing both in Word and Quark.

A natural question here is the rate of pay on offer. So I'm seeking advice on how to draw up a clear agreement about what the deal involves and help working out what to charge.

If any of you with experience in this business know of a contract/agreement which records the facts by putting it in writing, I'd be interested in knowing what its recommendations to sub-editors/translators are.

I'm looking forward to reading any feedback from you.

Thank you,

Claudio

[Edited at 2006-05-01 15:53]


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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 11:16
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reply on editing/proofreading rates Nov 20, 2004

Claudio Chagas wrote:
I have not obtained any feedback on my last post so I decided to resend it, and make clear that what I would like is to find out how to calculate a reasonable proofreading/editing rate. I know my translaion rates, but have never charged for proofreading/editing.


Hi Claudio,

I conducted a survey on translation production rates last year. During that survey, several of the respondents also provided information about how much their agencies can edit/proofread during a period of time (hour/day). The results of that survey are in the Translation Speed vs. Content Management article that is listed at: http://www.geocities.com/jeffallenpubs/localization.htm

This should provide you with some raw data elements to establish business rates on.

Due to the nature of editing work, I have heard that revisers charge by hour.

Hope that helps.

Jeff


[Edited at 2004-11-20 17:26]


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 07:16
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A third of the translation rate Nov 20, 2004

but I ask to see the translation first to have an idea of the work that must be done.
A third of translation rate is fine for a good quality translation, in which style, grammar or terminology can be improved but are not too bad either.

My two Chilean pesos.

Claudia


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Claudio Chagas
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Thanks! Nov 20, 2004

Thank you Jeff and Claudia for your information!

That was very helpful.

Cheers,

Claudio


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