rates for editing services ENG>SPL
Thread poster: Gloria Samperio

Gloria Samperio
Mexico
Local time: 21:14
Member (Jan 2019)
English to Spanish
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May 7

Thank yo in advance for telling me the stanbdard rates for editing services,

best regards

Gloria


 

Natalia Pedrosa  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:14
English to Spanish
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My input May 8

Hi Gloria,

My standard rate for editing is Euro 0.03 or USD 0.04.

Have a nice day!

Natalia


 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:14
Member (2007)
English
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There is no standard rate May 8

Gloria Samperio wrote:
Thank yo in advance for telling me the stanbdard rates for editing services,

Editing should always be quoted as an hourly rate. It's the only way that makes any sense as the time needed depends on rhe quality of the translation, not on your own skills and expertise. And only you know how much you want/need to earn for an hour's work.

The only time you can quote per word is when you've seen the text and can estimate how long it will take. Then you can convert that time to a per-word quote - for that job only.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 04:14
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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There are really no standard rates May 8

There can be no standard rates, because there is no simple standard procedure, and some texts take much longer than others per thousand words.

One respected colleague suggested a quarter or a third of your rate for translation - but she did not accept substandard work! Her rate would be for checking good quality translations against the source and giving them the final polish.

The rate will also depend on who is responsible for checking the terminology, among other fact
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There can be no standard rates, because there is no simple standard procedure, and some texts take much longer than others per thousand words.

One respected colleague suggested a quarter or a third of your rate for translation - but she did not accept substandard work! Her rate would be for checking good quality translations against the source and giving them the final polish.

The rate will also depend on who is responsible for checking the terminology, among other factors.
At one time I used to edit work by subject experts who wrote very good English, but were not native speakers, and it was never necessary to check their legal or technical terminology - indeed, I learned a lot from them, because they knew more about their subjects than I did.

Later, I had done more training and was editing beginners' work, and could see that the terminology needed checking too. As soon as you start doing that, you need dramatically more time! Somebody has to help beginners along the way, but you should be paid properly for it.

Always agree with the client what you are expected to do, because it varies from text to text. Clients do not always know what is involved, so it can be difficult, but if they are not prepared to pay for your time one way or another, then turn down the job!

I typically make an estimate, add on an hour or 25% when I quote, and tell the client I will give a discount on the invoice if I need less time. I often spend more time than I expected, but I never charge more than the quote, and I try to give at least a token discount.

Machine translation is a separate issue again.
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