Poll: Do you organize proofreading by a third person when working for direct clients?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you organize proofreading by a third person when working for direct clients?".

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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In theory, yes Apr 24, 2014

Well, direct clients account for a miniscule proportion of my work, and, in theory, I can arrange for my work to be independently reviewed for a surcharge, but no direct client has yet taken me up on this offer. On the other hand, I have provided this service for agency clients on a few occasions in the past.

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Gudrun Maydorn  Identity Verified
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Other Apr 24, 2014

Clients don't ask me for this - I ask them. Proofreading by a third person is a service I always suggest for translations intended for publication. Most clients take me up on this.

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Diana Obermeyer  Identity Verified
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Yes, if the schedule and NDA allow Apr 24, 2014

I work with two highly opinionated monolingual proofreaders, one for each language. I really enjoy that - especially, when we disagree on something.
I don't charge extra for this, as it's not really an additional cost.
My workflow is translation - monolingual review - bilingual review - monolingual review - submission. Their hourly rate is lower than mine. Therefore, I am able to work on a higher volume and effectively earn more.
However, both only work early mornings, so that needs to fit with the schedule.

[Edited at 2014-04-24 09:02 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
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Almost always... Apr 24, 2014

... the only exceptions being very short texts (meaning around one page, which is extremely rare). As I said on other occasions, I have an arrangement with a colleague where we provide each other with mutual assistance and cooperation.

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/255619-poll_do_you_have_your_work_proofread_by_a_colleague_prior_to_submitting_it.html


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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No Apr 24, 2014

I very rarely work for direct clients, but when I do, I negotiate a deadline that allows me to do my own proofreading.

Usually the jobs are small, and as the target language is normally English, clients can read it and raise any questions they want. I deliver a correct translation, but everything can be expressed in several ways. If a passage doesn't meet expectations, I am happy to discuss it without a third party to muddy the waters.

I occasionally translate pro bono into Danish, and here too, the client does the proofreading quite happily. There is no money to pay anyone anyway!

Agencies proofread my work, but whenever I get feedback, it usually takes the form of questions I can settle or explain at least as well as any third party.
One agency goes through everything with a toothcomb checking for capitalisation and commas, but I always get the final word.
It convinces me that an extra check is a good idea on rushed jobs, but otherwise clients are normally perfectly happy with my work as I deliver it.

I do like the idea that my medical work is proofread by the agency, as it is often rushed and a second pair of eyes is always reassuring.

When I work for Danish colleagues, all of whom are qualified translators, they proofread my work as they think fit.


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Little Woods  Identity Verified
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Yes I would have my work proofread Apr 24, 2014

I once worked for a direct client and informed them that the translation will be proofread by another experienced translator (and more experienced than me). I always follow these steps since I think It would make the work better with an extra pair of eyes and an extra mind.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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No Apr 24, 2014

I mainly work for international organizations, and I am ranked as a self-revising translator. This means that they trust me to deliver my best work, which they are usually happy with, and hopefully with no typos.

One of these organizations hires proofreaders, but they only do light proofreading. "Revising" is done by senior in-house translators and revisers/reviewers.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Why would I? Apr 24, 2014

It's like wearing a seatbelt

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Diana Coada  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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For direct clients, always Apr 24, 2014

Peace of mind is priceless.

Little Woods wrote:

I once worked for a direct client and informed them that the translation will be proofread by another experienced translator (and more experienced than me). I always follow these steps since I think It would make the work better with an extra pair of eyes and an extra mind.


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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes Apr 24, 2014

That's why I'm married to a translator

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other Apr 24, 2014

Sometimes, but not as a rule.

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Maxi Schwarz
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other Apr 24, 2014

It depends on the nature and complexity of the project. And when I have someone else proofread, that can also happen in the case of an agency client. However, I always ask my client to look over the translation. In the case of certified translations this is especially critical, since that involves a hard copy.

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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:) Apr 24, 2014

Triston & Gaby wrote:

That's why I'm married to a translator

is your wife a ProZ.com member?


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