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Re: How much do you pay a proofreader?
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2020, 12:22:00 pm »
My rate is $0.008/word for proofreading, but it definitely varies.

For those concerned about the quality they're getting, I would say that most who charge in the realm of $0.002-0.005/word are probably not putting in the time and effort necessary to do a good job (that, or they're willing to accept a very low hourly wage). I and many other copyeditors/proofreaders offer sample editing of the first few pages of your manuscript, which is a good way to tell how thorough an editor is being. That said, by the time your manuscript is ready to be proofread, most significant errors should already have been fixed in the copyediting process. Proofreading is to catch any lingering typos, missed or repeated words, formatting errors, etc.
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    Re: How much do you pay a proofreader?
    « Reply #26 on: July 31, 2020, 02:12:50 pm »
    I won't give exact numbers I pay providers, because many of them are on here and different people pay different prices. That said, before a book is released, I will have spent over $6,000, which includes editing, proofing, formatting, cover design, and audio narration.

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    Re: How much do you pay a proofreader?
    « Reply #27 on: July 31, 2020, 05:37:26 pm »
    My rate is $0.008/word for proofreading, but it definitely varies.

    For those concerned about the quality they're getting, I would say that most who charge in the realm of $0.002-0.005/word are probably not putting in the time and effort necessary to do a good job (that, or they're willing to accept a very low hourly wage).

    I disagree. Some of you are posting your proofreading rates and your prices are almost as high as your own rates for copyediting. Most people with a 100k+ word novel who just paid a thousand dollars for a decent copyedit and have a clean book aren't going to want to pay another thousand for a proofreader who will probably only find a handful of typos and homonyms.

    In my experience most editors with really high proofreading rates only charge that much because either they hate proofreading, so charge a lot to make it worth their time, or they don't want proofread only clients so they charge a lot so that they can sell more "discount" bundles for copyedit/proofread packages.

    You can find LOTS of great proofreaders for those lower rates you mentioned.

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