How long does it take you to edit my text?
In a typical working day, I can comfortably translate roughly 2000 words or line-edit a text 6000–7000 words long. You can do the maths!
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes! Please let me know your timetable as early as possible. For large jobs such as book projects, I tend to book out one to three months in advance. A £100 deposit confirms the slots in my schedule. I will contact you two weeks before we are due to start work to check everything is on schedule. If you send me the text late without at least two weeks’ warning, there may be considerable delays or I may be unable to work on the project – this will depend on my schedule.
For journal articles and other smaller jobs, I promise to return your text within two weeks of you sending it to me. I am often much quicker than this, but I appreciate this flexibility as I have a busy schedule and time is an important resource to me. If you need an article back very quickly (within two working days), I can do it for an express fee. When you send me a text, I will schedule a slot for it and let you know precisely when you can expect it back.
Do you charge an express fee?
If you need a job done urgently (within 48 hours), my fees increase by 25%. If you need me to work on a weekend or evening to do this, my fees are 50% higher. Of course, the fee will always be discussed and agreed upon before I start work.
What tools do you use to complete jobs to a high standard?
I typically use SDL Trados 2021 for translation jobs, and PerfectIt & The Editor’s Toolkit when editing in Microsoft Word. You can find more details about my translation and editing workflows by clicking on the relevant links. I am open to using other translation software and content management systems upon request.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept payment by bank transfer in British pound sterling, euros or US dollars. I also accept card payments through Paypal if a bank transfer is not possible.