This means that Intentio Editing is now bound by SfEP's Code of Practice (see below), although my standards and procedures all already conformed to it. The Code defines terms and the different sorts of work an editor might do and sets out the respective responsibilities of editors and clients. Essentially, freelancers like myself are to ensure that they have the skills, information, equipment, and time to complete the job to a good standard as agreed with the client. Clients are to provide a sufficiently detailed and accurate brief and enough time and remuneration to make this achievble by a diligent professional. This all seems fair enough.
When commissioning work, you might find it helpful to make reference to the three levels of copy-editing set out in the Code (5.1.3) when describing your needs.
One aspect that has changed is my price structure. SfEP sets minimum hourly rates for its members. To respect this, and to reflect my experience and academic training, I have increased my per word rate to 0.03 GBP, although students and the unwaged* will still be charged 0.01 GBP per word. It takes me about an hour to proofread 1,000 words thoroughly, once one also takes into account time spent on correspondence, administration, familiarisation with the document and brief, and so on. £30 per 1,000 words thus comes out within the ballpark of SfEP's minimum rates for different types of work, which range from £22.50 to £30.50 per hour. For quick, very focused jobs that do not amount to full proofreading, I will continue to charge proportionally less than this rate.
I look forward to working with you under this new, enhanced level of transparency and to putting the new skills and insights that I will gain as an SfEP member at your disposal.
* That is, unwaged in the capacity in which you are using my services. In other words, your role as a writer is unfunded. Unwaged writers who are wealthy through other means are invited to exercise their discretion.