You sent me an invitation to bid on a project on elance/upwork. Here’s what you wrote. It’s copied and pasted exactly, errors and all.
I have a 50,000 word ebook that needs to proofread for grammatical errors, spelling errors, edited and copy edited where needed. The introduction of the book (which is very short) has to be written over entirely because it lacks pizazz and excitemet.
You have two submit two documents back to me. One with the track changes where I can see where you made the changes and a final corrected version.
I need this project back to me within Four days
Total word count:
Type of review:
Proofreading (a simple grammar and punctuation review), Editing (deep line editing for syntax), Subject Verb Agreement
English Proofreading, Editing, English Grammar, English Punctuation
There are so many problems with this, but I’ll just address one here: the (insane and evil) nature of your demands.
You are asking for $2,000 (or more) worth of work to be done for $40, and you’re demanding it be done in four days. How could you possibly think any real editor could or would even try to do that? The only people who would even consider bidding on it are either unqualified to wear the title of editor, or so desperate that they’ll work for worse than free, which is what gigs like this are.
Would you do 50 to 100 hours (or more) of work for $40?
That’s pennies per hour. That barely covers the electricity an editor would use while doing the work. It’s probably not what you’ll pay, anyway; you’ll probably award it to someone who bids even lower than that. I don’t charge by the hour because of ethics, but if I did, it would be $75 per hour, because that is what a good editor is worth. Writer’s Market publishes the industry-standard rates.
Bidding on elance-upwork
My observation is that the gigs are usually awarded to the freelancer who will do it for one half (or less) of the lowest dollar amount the buyer mentions. In this case, that would be under $20 for a 200-page book. Freelancers often bid far lower than the lowest price mentioned, because they are so desperate to land a gig that they don’t care that they’re going in the hole just to bid on it, much less to perform the work. By the time they write up a bid, boom, there goes $20 worth of time, easily.
Like other lowballers who swarm the freelancer sites, tonnele, you’ll award the gig to the person who bids five dollars for a $2,000 job. Even if you paid at the top end of the range you listed, $70 whole dollars, I don’t know how you ever sleep at night. That’s worse than slave wages and should be illegal. Do not invite me to do any more jobs for you, ever. I’m a real editor who does excellent work, and I charge $10/page for it. By the way, a page is 250 words (that’s the industry standard, and everyone who knows the first thing about editing knows it). Your book is 200 pages long, as I mentioned above. Two hundred pages for forty dollars? That’s insane. If your book is anything like your offer, your book is full of errors, and it would take a substantial amount of time to fix them.
Anyone who thinks it is in any way acceptable to pay a freelancer pennies per hour like that is evil, period. I would hope no one ever submits a bid on this or anything like it, but sadly, I know many already have. You’ve probably already awarded it to the one with the lowest offer and highest degree of desperation. You’ve taken advantage of freelancers 474 times as of this writing (and that’s just on one site). People who post offers like yours are boils on the buttocks of society. You need to bE LANCEd.