Our basic rate is $35 per hour. Based on our one-hour free, no obligation sample edit, we determine an approximate number of pages per hour for each dissertation, thesis, or academic paper we evaluate. An estimate is not a firm bid, however. If you decide to work with one of us, you will be charged for the exact amount of time we spend. That could be slightly lower or slightly higher than the estimate.
The sample edit provides you with a clear idea of what an editor can do, and you will learn a lot about your writing from our edits and comments. You will also have a good idea of the total cost before you hire one of us to do the editing. We each have several testimonials from satisfied clients (see Margaret’s or Reynold’s) and can provide emails for direct contact with people we’ve worked with previously as dissertation editors.
Half our initial estimate must be paid before work begins, with the balance due on completion, that is, before the edited paper is returned. We send a PDF of the edited document at that point as proof that the work is done.
PayPal is the preferred method of payment; however, if time permits, a check sent through the mail is also acceptable. Please note, though, that any checks must clear the bank before work can begin or the finished paper delivered. Also, paying through PayPal involves a 3% additional transaction fee.