Dissertation Editing Rates

Dissertation Editing Rates-62
I was able to see a couple of pages of the dissertation, and they needed some help, but were not in horrible shape by any I spoke with him tonight, and he was working with someone else prior to me who is no longer available.I was able to see a couple of pages of the dissertation, and they needed some help, but were not in horrible shape by any means.

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I'd personally consider $35 per hour a fair rate for such a painstaking, professional service.

But for a 150,000-word dissertation, this would result in a charge of perhaps 8-10K--far more than most people are willing to pay.

He used the term editing, but it is entirely possible that proofreading is what he is really looking for (he is Korean). I have seen 30-40 an hour mentioned here for editing services, but should I really try to charge that much this time?

I have tutoring and newspaper editing experience, but have not taken on a job like this before. And how much should I lower that cost if what he is really looking for is proofreading?

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2009-01-21 GMT][Edited at 2009-01-21 GMT]Some things to straighten out before you quote a rate: a. (That is basically the point you raised.) Are you dealing exclusively with the language issues, or does the author expect you to comment on the research methodology, conclusions drawn, etc.? How familiar are you with the subject of the dissertation?

Are you going to be learning about the general background subject matter as you go along?

When editing for presses, the pay is not good, but the last two jobs that I contracted (just this month), I quoted , and I found out through a friend that one of the people said "that's a bargain! fwiw there are several different levels of editing: developmental, substantive, copy editing, and proofreading.

He is probably expecting a heavy copy edit of the work, but if he expects substantive editing, it is going to take you even longer than a heavy edit and you ought to know the subject matter well. Patricia This definitely sounds like there maybe major editing involved.

The question, then, is what you are "willing" to work for, and what your client is willing to pay.

Robert Forstag wrote: My suggestion would be to edit 5 pages of it and carefully track your time.

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