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Calculating in Reading Time

Erin Brenner

One reader emailed me asking how I work reading the document into the cost estimate.

Basically, I figure out how long it will take me to read and include that as part of my estimate, whether it's an hourly or project rate. I have a fair idea of how long something takes me to read, but I can also do a sample read and calculate how long it will take me to read the whole thing.

Not every project allows for a full reading before editing begins, and not every editor is a fast-enough reader to ensure the price and time estimates aren't out of the client's reach. Each copyeditor has to figure out what works best for them.

Posted on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 1:19pm

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