Let's cut to the chase. I won't keep you guessing about my rates. I follow industry standards for copywriting and editing. The minimum standards look a little like this:
£24 an hour for proofreading
£32 an hour for copywriting/copy-editing
£33 an hour for photojournalism/project management
A 2018 survey by the ProCopywriters found an average day rate of £342.
A few dos:
I do ask for a brief before starting work (I like to get a steer from my clients and get under the skin of what’s needed and why).
I often ask for a deposit or part-payment before I begin if you're a new client (I'll make an exception for a referral or if I know where you live).
I do charge a cancellation fee if the work is withdrawn after commission (because I need to schedule in the work and may have turned down other offers if there's a clash of deadlines).
A few don'ts
I don't price by the word (often the fewer the words, the more vital the message eg, a brand strapline. Short copy does not equal a cheaper rate).
I don't give free writing samples (let me reiterate this one. I don't live off thin air. I may need to diet, but I still need to eat).
I won't give the game away by publicising your project before you have (I’m happy to sign an NDA if you want our work to be clandestine).
Need to outsource your editorial work altogether?
Get in touch and I'll get a wriggle on.
This is the small print, but not particularly scary. Take a look at my terms and conditions. By engaging my services, you're agreeing that we will treat each other fairly. It's all common sense stuff.