“Because MBK only employed writers—medical and proposal writers—we always needed a good freelance copyeditor whose skills could encompass all of our various needs. Dana was just that. He was comfortable copyediting, proofreading, and even occasionally fact-checking our diverse materials, from medical text for a meeting of radiologists to new marketing materials for the company. And he was always so thorough, yet everything was delivered on time without exception.”
—Jovanina Pagano, Former Proposal Writer at MBK Associates
Pay a Flat Rate
To determine the flat rate, the editor will estimate how long the project will take and offer a flat rate lower than the pay-by-the-hour cost would be. You will be required to pay half your bill (the flat rate) before the editor begins editing your manuscript and half once he finishes. However, please note that the flat rate, since it is based on an estimate, is really an estimated flat rate. If, while editing your manuscript, the editor realizes the project will take longer than anticipated (because of the editing itself or the time spent in contact with you), he will inform you in a timely fashion so you can either pay for additional hours or keep the already-purchased package with its set-in-stone time allotment (number of hours). If you keep the already-purchased package, you can choose to have the editor do one of the following: 1) edit all submitted pages but do so less thoroughly; or 2) edit the manuscript with the normal level of thoroughness but stop once the hours run out even if that means not editing all submitted pages. In calculating the initial flat rate (estimated flat rate), the editor will make every effort to be accurate, but bear in mind that it is not always possible to perfectly predict how long editing will take. This is particularly true of book-length manuscripts.
After the editor edits your manuscript, you will have 24 hours to pay the second and final installment. This grace period gives you time to review the edits and ask questions before paying your balance. If you need more time to review the edits, you can request that the grace period be extended to 48 hours.
If you are dissatisfied with the edits, you have two options: