Services

I have twelve years of experience editing texts in history and related fields for nonnative and native speakers. In some cases, I translated text from German to English. I have also graded student papers at university for more than two decades, and I’ve taught English to many speakers of other languages. To determine whether I might be an appropriate editor or translator for your project, please have a look at the testimonials and projects on my home page.

Editing

My base rate for editing is currently 65.00 USD or EUR per hour. Rush orders can cost more, depending on my availability.

The time it takes me to edit will depend on how well prepared the text is, how difficult it is, and how much you expect of me in terms of specialized formatting (citations, tables) and the like.

To obtain an estimate, please send me the text, and tell me about the intended audience or venue, the level of attention you expect the text will require, and by when you would need it. If you foresee needing any meetings with me to discuss your project, please let me know that too.

Translating

For translations from German to English, I follow the German practice of charging by the so-called standard line (Normzeile), which is 55 characters long, including spaces, in the German source text. This practice is meant to make your costs more predictable than is possible with an hourly rate.

My rate for a standard line is approximately 2.00 USD or EUR, depending on how challenging the text is and how fast you need it.

For a rate quote, please send me the text, and tell me about the intended audience or venue. Also, please let me know by when you would need the translation done. If you foresee needing any meetings with me during the course of the project, please let me know that as well.

Translation Caveats

  • If you plan to hire me using public funds from Germany, my rate for a standard line might put me somewhat at odds with JVEG, which does not necessarily foresee the kind of dual competencies required for difficult historiographical and historical texts. In such cases, we might want to talk about an hourly rate, or even a flat fee for a clearly defined project.
  • If you quote (not just cite) scholarship or other material that is already available in English, it might be best to quote that literature. In many cases, I will be able to get my hands on such material, but sometimes I will not, even in Washington, DC, because of my independent status and the pandemic of it all.

About Costs

Please keep in mind that freelance work includes overhead in terms of time, reference materials, and equipment. In particular, about 50 percent of the time I work cannot be billed to a specific client. The above rates are meant to reflect this circumstance at least in part.

Terms of Service

  1. I will endeavor to answer all editing and translation requests within 48 hours. If the job is very big and requires a closer look, I’ll let the client know how much time I’ll need to send an editing cost estimate or translation price.
  2. If the client can only send me a sample chapter for an editing estimate, please note that my estimate cannot account for issues in the chapters that I have not yet seen.
  3. If the client can only send me a sample chapter for a translation quote, I will not be able to commit to the price I quote until I have seen the entire text, i.e., all the chapters and associated apparatus.
  4. Upon the client’s acceptance of my offer, I will summarize our agreement, including the delivery and payment details, for the client to review and confirm.
  5. Payment will be due in full upon receipt of the edited or translated text.
  6. For bigger projects, such as books, I reserve the right to invoice the client after each chapter I deliver. For clients I don’t know either personally or by professional reputation, I might also request a deposit.
  7. For clients in Europe, payment will generally be via bank transfer in EUR to the European account on my invoice.
  8. Clients in the United States can transfer to the American USD account I include on the invoice.
  9. Alternatively, clients can use Venmo, PayPal, or a comparable method by prior arrangement.
  10. These terms are a work in progress. I reserve the right to update them as new questions arise.

Page last revised on August 10, 2022