14 responses to “Dear WordCount: What should I pay a proofreader?”

  1. PenPoint Editorial Services

    Love this – thanks, Michelle.

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  3. Conni Eversull


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  5. Kathy Widenhouse

    Great info … one comment. Proofreading is different than editing, I believe. Many times I’ll edit a piece for a client with an eye not just to grammar and construction, but also for flow of the piece and even fact-checking. Make sure you know what you’re getting!

  6. Daphne Gray-Grant

    I firmly believe that good proofreaders are BORN, not made. It’s a talent, not a skill. If you find a good one, hang on to him or her. This is especially important for you because of your dyslexia. (My son is dyslexic and I know that people make certain assumptions about dyslexia — most of which are WRONG. It has nothing to do with intelligence. Or writing ability. Your brain is simply wired differently.)

    I’m not dyslexic but I’m a terrible proofreader. As a result, I’ve developed all sorts of “tricks” for self-proofing. But whenever I’m doing anything really important, I always hire a proofreader. Right now it costs me about $30/hour. Most proofreaders will give you an estimate if you give them a portion of the copy and then tell them how many pages or words the final product will be.

    Here are some suggestions for avoiding the kinds of mistakes that good proofreaders will catch: http://www.publicationcoach.com/my-big-fat-mea-culpa/

    Good luck.

  7. moe proofreading

    Editing is different from proofreading. Thanks for the advice!

  8. Brian Kaldenberg

    Most people looking for proofreading are also expecting some basic editing for sentence structure and clarity. Many online proofreading services will provide both proofreading and basic editing as a combined service. Rates for these services will typically depend on the skill of the editors as well as the turnaround time and length of the document.

    I am the owner of ProofreadingPal, and we actually use two proofreaders on every document. We do not compete on price. We compete on quality. Our rates are higher than most services, but our customers are willing to pay higher rates for two professional editors decreases the chance of errors slipping through the cracks.

  9. Adam O'Connell

    Great, Informative Post, like this one must be maintained so I’ll put this one on my bookmark list of Professional Proofreading Services. Thanks for this wonderful post and hoping to post more of this. Have Great Day.

  10. Kirstie Anders

    It isn’t a straight forward process always working out what to charge someone. All projects and papers are very different in terms of how heavy one needs to proof or edit, how long a document is, and obviously how many hours it might take to do thoroughly.

    Thanks for a good post.

    Kind regards

    Kirstie Anders