A little more about payment, a little more about Standard Edited English, and whatever else occurs to me. I may use some of the ideas here as jumping off points for future blogs. This used to be the payment page, but as that's been taken care of. I'll just use this page for whatever. In any case, there may be items related to payment or other things here that you might find useful.
I use PayPal. See the bottom of the Contact/Payment page. Just get in touch with PayPal, their reps will be more than happy to tell you how to open an account to send and receive money.
Anyway, I've kept this page here, as it might explain some things better, such as the "kill fee."
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you very much.
Note: I'm not trying to rob anybody blind. If you could use somebody with my experience, I'm available. And I'll help you to the best of my abilities, and, w/particular regard to students, to the best of my ability within the realm of academic ethics.
Note2: This used to be the payments page. I'm a good writer, but I don't claim to be much of a website writer. However, I'll be glad to check the text on your website. Granted, organizing websites is not what I do best, but I can save you from egregious grammatical errors and the like. Remember that Word and Grammerly have spell-check and grammar-check, but they still generally give you several choices. I'll usually know the right choice. If not I'll know where to look it up. Let's say Grammerly doesn''t like the phrase "off the bat." Okay, we all know that means somebody got something right away. But is it correct? Where'd it come from? Well, Brewer's Phrase and Fable tells us that it's a term that came from the English game of cricket. The origin just got lost. It's just fine to use it. Language is not always literal, it can sometimes be idiomatic. For now, just think of that as something that used to be slang that has grown into acceptable use. It also means that the meaning isn't obvious from the words used. That's my take from Merriam-Webster. Still, using busted for arrested is not acceptable (slang) or busted for broken (informal). Remember, we're talking about Standard Edited Englisth. If you want to tell your friend that his fan belt is busted, go right ahead.
Please Note: Much of this site, including the first page, was written in 2014. At that time I was anticipating just helping business people not particularly interested in writing get the chore over with. But then I got into commercial blog writing and put this project on hold. Before getting back into this, it occurred to me that by just helping professionals, I was wasting my 25 years of teaching experience. However, despite what I say here about "getting it over with," my approach with students is different. It would be completely unethical to write their papers for them. So, with students, I hint at weak areas, give examples, etc. in hopes that they'll understand and write their own successful papers. I haven't stressed this because the web platform I use, Weebly, has changed so much since 2014 that editing is like chiseling in stone. So I haven't managed to completely overhaul this site. I'm trying to learn the new Weebly, and if that fails, I'll move to another platform. I'm no technician, but I can't afford to have my site "powered" by professional IT people. I hope you understand.
Text below has been superseded by material on Contacts page. But feel free to read. I've tried to update it.
Compare to MD rates!
As to your satisfaction, if you are not satisfied with LIM's work, you will get a 2/3 refund. One third is retained a "kill fee." This is a common pracrice with freelance writers and artists.
Art and writing are subjective, and writers and artists must have some compensation for their time and good-faith effort. If work is rejected for whatever subjective reasons, freelancers couldn't afford to do what they do. An artist I know worked two weeks on a movie poster some 25 years ago. The studio rejected it, but he got a $20,000 kill fee. As I say, it's a common practice. Online, things are sometimes different. The company I used to write blogs for, doesn't give kill fees. Companies may award me four or five stars for my blogs one day and other companies may reject my blogs the next day. I've worked 14-hour days many a time and got nothing for my labor. I say right now that this will never happen to a future LIM employee. On the other hand, unless that employee maintains excellent standards, she won't be with LIM for long. The thing is, hard working people, producing excellent work, should not have to starve because some client changes his mind midway about what he wants. Perhaps WalMart can give 100 percent refunds for any reason. But WalMart's economies of scale are light years away from the freelance artist.
My experience tells me that at best a computer and a good writer MIGHT be able to produce 350 to maybe 500 words without error--some of the time-- in about an hour. That includes fixing your errors, perhaps re-writing parts, and triple proofing. Honestly, there are so many variables and levels of writing predicting copy-editing time is really a shot in the dark. Please ignore the cliché. Anyway, that's one reason I reduced my rate. And I made it based on a maximum of an hour and a half per segment. There have been times I've spent 12 hours on two blogs. It's not that they had to be long; they were just complicated. Perhaps it's best for you to give me an idea of the kind of effort you want, and what you're willing to pay initially.
Another note on time: i will spend a maximum of an hour and a half on your document for $30. That doesn't mean I'm finished with it, especially if it's long. Either you can run it throuigh another cycle, or wing it on your own, given my advice to that point.
Misc: Longer works, say ghostwriting a memoir, i'll probably do by individual contract, as I've mentioned before.. Editing time may depend on complexity of paper. Be aware that I am taking responsibility for making your text conform to Standard Edited English. Substance, style, and acknowlegement of borrowed text via fair use or permission are your responsibility. Prices are subject to change.
Re min. fee: Suppose it takes me two minutes to point out a misplaced apostrophe on the text of a proposed $5,000 sign. You just saved $4,970. However, I would require a liability release on a big job like that. I do mostly small jobs. If I ever start doing big jobs on a regular basis I'll get professional liability insurance.
One minor point: Let me know if you want one or two spaces after a period. Academic and prfessional writing usually require two spaces. Informal online writing usually takes one space after a period. Why this is so in the age of terabytes I don't know.