On Proofreading Rates for Book Translation
Thread poster: Maria Amorim (X)

Maria Amorim (X)  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 12:38
Swedish to Portuguese
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Feb 3, 2012

This is a recurrent subject but probably with some new nuances. Language pair: English - Portuguese

I have been asked to quote on a 300 page book, with pictures and illustrations, around 70 000 words. This service includes translation and also a proofreading by another professional. I am expected to quote on the overall job and be responsible for delivering the final complete text, error-free, linguistic accurate, so that the author be able to launch the printing process.

By own experience, I know it is essential to have your work reviewed by another professional/linguist before publishing it, and I fully agree with this request.

I see that rates for book translation and proofreading are typically calculated per page, although this “unity” can differ a lot from country to country in keystrokes´number (from 1250 up to 2100 including spaces). Also, its respective price varies over a wide range, as one can see from the European CEATL report. By now, I have not the material for a proper calculation on this basis (per page).

And so, my question starts by the end point. What is a reasonable proofreading rate, based on word count, for a skilled professional who will work mainly on the fine details of the text, like a copy editor?

What should be the related rates between translation and proofreading in this case?

Thanks in advance for your contributions!


 

Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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Proofreading charges Feb 4, 2012

I normally charge half my translation rate for proofreading. I think it is a fair and simple calculation.
Good luck with your project!
Ana


 

Maria Amorim (X)  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Thank you, Ana! Feb 4, 2012

This can be a guide. I will contact you if I need additional information, ok?

Best regards.


 

F Scott Ophof (X)  Identity Verified
Belize
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Or charge by the hour. However... Feb 4, 2012

A downside of charging by the word is that there's no correction for difficulty level. That's why charging by the hour is usually seen as more fair.
But you can also set your rate/word on the highish side of Ana's suggestion, and give a fair discount if the work turns out be easier than expected. Just make sure the client knows this.
If you become known as the proofer whose invoice is always (OK... usually/often) less than initially agreed-on, so much the better, right? icon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2012-02-04 20:10 GMT]


 

Maria Amorim (X)  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 12:38
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Thank you, Scott! Feb 5, 2012

I agree with you that an hourly rate is a better realistic approach but probably clients prefer to see the figures on word or page count. I will take in account your considerations with respect informing the client.

Have a nice Sunday!


 


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