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Thread poster: Olga-Translator
Olga-Translator  Identity Verified

English to Russian
May 7, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

My client asks me to carry out the final check of the document and I don't know how much to charge him. The document to be proofread is in PDF and I just have to correct typos or spelling mistakes if any, not the style. I've already done the proofreading of this document (I mean I corrected the translation) and now I just have to look it through once again.

What price do I have charge for this kind of job? My usual price? Or do I have to reduce it somehow?

Thanks in advance for all suggestions!


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi Olga May 7, 2005

As far as I understand, they ask you to check the document after conversion to PDF, and not to proofread it.

For such jobs I usually charge per hour. Sometimes I even do this for free - in case they send me my own translation after doing some DTP. It is often enough to take a look at the document to ensure that everything is OK with it.

In case the document has been already proofread, there should be no typos in the PDF (one or two, probably, if overlooked in the source document). But the clients usually need to check if the conversion to PDF format did not result in some encoding problems, if the symbols are seen properly etc.

Of course, everything depends on the document itself (i.e. how large and complicated it is) and on the quality of conversion.

[Edited at 2005-05-07 08:54]


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Olga-Translator  Identity Verified

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Thank you! May 7, 2005

Natalie wrote:

As far as I understand, they ask you to check the document after conversion to PDF, and not to proofread it.

For such jobs I usually charge per hour. Sometimes I even do this for free - in case they send me my own translation after doing some DTP. It is often enough to take a look at the document to ensure that everything is OK with it.

In case the document has been already proofread, there should be no typos in the PDF (one or two, probably, if overlooked in the source document). But the clients usually need to check if the conversion to PDF format did not result in some encoding problems, if the symbols are seen properly etc.

Of course, everything depends on the document itself (i.e. how large and complicated it is) and on the quality of conversion.

[Edited at 2005-05-07 08:54]


Thanks for your reply, Natalie!

The document is about 20 000 words, so, of course, I wouldn't like to do it completely for free.
I forgot to say that I usually charge per word for proofreading.


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Lucinda  Identity Verified
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I agree with Natalie. May 7, 2005

If it is a document that I translated/proofread and they send it back just for the final cosmetic proofing, then I usually do it for free.

For a larger document (where the client and I anticipate this step), I add a certain amount to the bill as a seperate charge. I make sure that it is a limited amount because I feel that this process is also part of my job, the job the client is already paying me for. And, then only after the client and I come to an agreement on it. But, here I am really talking about a huge job.

I mostly do it for free, even for a book. My name is also mentioned in the book, so I have a vested interest in having it perfect.

Good luck!
Lucinda.


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Mihail M Mateev
Bulgaria
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1/3 of usual rate May 7, 2005

as long as I researhed this, the common price of proofreading is a third of the price for translating. If you translate for 0.06 Euro per word, your proofreading price would be 0.02 Euro per word.

BR,
Misho


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