Busy day, so just enough time for a quick rant. I met with a colleague for coffee yesterday. She’s a lawyer by trade, with plenty of courtroom experience and a solid background in the technical aspects of writing, but happens to be new to the freelance writing and editing business. At one point she mentioned that she’s enrolled in an editing certificate program through a well-known university. And something her professor suggested about freelance pricing, well, let’s just say it qualified as academic malpractice.
The instructor’s comment to her class was that $25 an hour is a good rate, at which you can get good freelance editing jobs, and you probably shouldn’t go much higher than that, because you’ll drive away business. [read more...]