- My charge is $50 CDN per hour, with a reduced rate for graduate students who are not grant-funded.
It is not uncommon for editors to present a quotation for each job, based on their assessment of what the job will entail. My experience, however, is that it is very difficult to determine the extent of editing required without actually engaging in the editing. My experience is that those forms of editing generally contracted at a lower rate (such as proofreading) take significantly less time than the more intensive work (such as substantive editing). For this reason, regardless of task, my rate is $50. This system also has advantages for you: 1) the closer your document is to being polished and elegant, the less time I will spend, and the less the editing service will cost; and 2) if your project requires a number of different levels of editing, they can often be combined, saving me time and you money.
The Editors’ Association of Canada website has information about editors’ charges in general; I work as thoroughly although more quickly than they suggest. As a ball-park estimate, I can usually get through about 4–5 pages per hour with substantive editing and 8–10 pages per hour with a minimalist copy edit. Theses and articles with extensive referencing take a bit longer.
- Travel costs, where applicable, are 58¢ per kilometre, in keeping with the rates set by Revenue Canada. Travel will be charged for trips lasting more than 15 minutes on the road.
- The cost of printing, when requested by the client, will be 20¢ per page for colour and 10¢ per page for black and white.
- Payment can be made by cheque or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a comparison, current prices at Staples are 41¢ for colour and 12¢ for black and white for self-service printing and copying. Jobs with any colour required will be considered “colour printing,” even if not all pages have colour on them.
Contact me at email@example.com