Elliott Editorial Online
Time and Cost Estimates
For most jobs, the managing editor can work up time and
cost estimates if you provide some basic information:
Number of words in document or number of
double-spaced document pages
The kind of the document (book, dissertation,
manual, report, newsletter, etc.—see Services and Rates.
The topic of the document
For a firm cost estimate,
however, the managing editor will need to see the entire project.
Our time estimates
usually fall into these ranges:
Developmental and Substantive editing: 250 to
1,000 words per hour.
Manuscript evaluation: 250 to 1,000 words per
Copyediting: using hard copy and Post-It™
Notes: 750 to 1,500 words per hour.
Copyediting: using MS Word™ Track Changes and
comment panes: 1,000 to 2,000 words per hour.
Proofreading: 2,000 to 2750 words per hour.
Indexing: 2,000 to 2,500 words of manuscript
pages per hour.
Writing: the number of words per hour depends on
the kind of document you want us to create, as well as on the quantity/quality
of your notes. (A cost estimate will be given to you before we begin any
of our Writing/Editing is done in Microsoft Word™ for Windows™. We do some work
in WordPerfect™. Occasionally we do work in HTML, PowerPoint™, and Excel™. For
designing newsletters and brochures, we use the latest version of Microsoft
Publisher™, as well as the latest versions of Adobe™ desktop publishing programs—for
example, Adobe PageMaker™ and Adobe InDesign™.
One advantage of using
Microsoft Word™ for editing is that changes can be shown using the revisions,
or track changes, feature. This shows deleted material and added material in
different formats and colors. The track changes feature offers several ways for
you to review and accept (or reject) changes. MS Word also has the comment
panes feature, which allows our editors to query you about an unclear passage
or to make a suggested revision. See Work Examples page and the subhead, “Copyediting
LEXINGTON BARBECUE Using MS Word’s Track Changes.”
For proofreading of
laid-out documents, clients often send us page proofs as an Adobe Acrobat
Reader PDF file—either as an e-mail attachment or by fax or in hard copy
through the Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx. We print the PDF page proofs, mark
them up by hand (having compared them with the copyedited document), and then
return the page proofs as an e-mail attachment, by fax, or through the Postal
Service, UPS, or FedEx. Clients then need to make the changes in their laid-out