[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2009-01-21 GMT][Edited at 2009-01-21 GMT]Some things to straighten out before you quote a rate: a. (That is basically the point you raised.) Are you dealing exclusively with the language issues, or does the author expect you to comment on the research methodology, conclusions drawn, etc.? How familiar are you with the subject of the dissertation?
Are you going to be learning about the general background subject matter as you go along?
I have some experience editing dissertations by non-native English spe My suggestion would be to edit 5 pages of it and carefully track your time.
I have some experience editing dissertations by non-native English speakers and my general observation is that, even in the best of cases, you will never get anything approaching what your work is worth.
The question, then, is what you are "willing" to work for, and what your client is willing to pay.
Robert Forstag wrote: My suggestion would be to edit 5 pages of it and carefully track your time.I edited a paper once for an ESL client who had me reverse every change I made!For clarity and excellence Word Finder is the leading dictionary service that gives you the words you want anywhere, anytime.This is not the only way you could spend your time. I spoke with him tonight, and he was working with someone else prior to me who is no longer available.He was paying her 500 dollars per chapter, which is ~10 dollars per page.He offered the same to me, provided that my work was satisfactory, and this sounds fair to me.As I suspected, his concern is language usage, as he is still struggling somewhat with writing in English.I'd personally consider per hour a fair rate for such a painstaking, professional service.But for a 150,000-word dissertation, this would result in a charge of perhaps 8-10K--far more than most people are willing to pay.Add in another 15% or so to the final total to cover exchanges of e-mails, reviewing material a second, third, or fourth time, etc.and you can then determine how much per hour you are willing to live with (and your client is willing to pay).