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Pricing Models III; or Why a Per-Word Rate Benefits Clients

To be effective at the business side of freelancing, we must understand our clients’ needs. When I was an in-house managing editor who hired freelancers, I discovered that paying by the word benefits me enormously. In this post, I put my client hat back on to examine why a per-word rate is good for clients, and I offer talking points you can use to convert your own clients to a per-word rate.

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Pricing Models I; or Why I Don’t Charge by the Hour for Copyediting

Aside from the serial comma and spaces after a period, one issue that divides freelance editors is how to charge for copyediting. By the hour? By the word? By the page? By the word for a first pass, and by the hour for a cleanup edit? Or just quote a flat fee and have done with it? In this new series I look at a few pricing models, beginning with charging by the hour. (Spoiler: I don't quote an hourly charge for copyediting anymore.)

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Welcome to the FastEditing Eye!

Welcome to the FastEditing Eye. Grab a cuppa and grab a seat! After 20 years as an in-house editor and a freelance editor, I'm brimming with enthusiasm, ideas, and tips to pass on to my colleagues—especially new editors, new freelancers, and people in the sweet spot between. I also enjoy sharing lessons I've learned from colleagues who have been in the trenches even longer. Above all, I love helping my industry and my colleagues. I firmly believe that when we lift one of us, we lift all of us.

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