Why Should Clients Pay for Copyediting?


Finding worthwhile clients

Ruth@writerruth.com (not verified)

I've been preaching something along these lines for awhile now (find clients who pay appropriately and don't obsess about those who/that don't).

The fun part is when a low-budget client hires someone willing to work for peanuts, has a terrible experience, and comes back to the professional editor for better-quality help. The temptation is to charge double the original quote, although I haven't given in yet!

Ruth T-C

Posted on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:04am

More on finding worthwhile clients

Ruth@writerruth.com (not verified)

The "next step" is to do the work of looking for better clients. It can be hard not to feel as if we have to meet or beat the low-ballers, but we have to stand firm.

And the reason experienced, skilled, professional copyeditors should get paid is that ... we're experienced, skilled and professional. We've put in our time in developing our skills, working in-house and/or freelance over time. We bring something special to the process of working with clients, whether publications, organizations or individuals.

Ruth T-C

Posted on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:10am

Next steps

Stephanie Watt (not verified)

Thanks for this great post, Erin!

Ruth, I agree. The “next step” is developing and maintaining relationships with clients who pay good wages. Perhaps I responded too quickly to @Copyediting’s tweet about Rich Adin’s blog post. I don’t actually disagree with Adin. But I have a feeling that the post wasn’t really about part-time “I-love-English” hobbyist editors. Are we really going to convince hobbyists that editing at $10/hour isn’t worth their time? It seems to me that the post was an indirect way of discussing the effect new editors are having on the market. New editors, we’re part of the “problem,” aren’t we? We charge and cost less than experienced editors do. During my first year of freelancing, I undercharged. That changed when I took Jennifer Latham’s superb workshop on estimating and invoicing; novice and experienced editors sat in a board room and spoke rather freely about unprofessional and professional rates. So, for me, a “next step” has been to see myself as a worker, not just a solo business owner. Estimating and invoicing is about a business’s bottom line and survival, sure, but it’s also about all (professional) editorial workers’ bottom line and survival.

Stephanie Watt
www.rectoversoediting.com / @wattsteph

Posted on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 8:01am