Hello She Writes! This is my first post here and an important one-- I've been given the opportunity to freelance proofread a woman's mother's novel. It's 200 pages long, and she's offering $600 total ($200 upfront for a first edit, and the other $400 for a final edit). I'm great at proofreading, but I've never set up this sort of deal before... Should I ask to see a few pages of the novel before agreeing to a price? I imagine me saying, "Sure!" and then having the prose be incomprehensible!
What's the SOP here?
FYI, the woman is reputable (I got the opportunity through my MFA program).
I appreciate it!
By all means, ask to see a few pages. If it is reasonably well-written and really only in need of proofreading, then I think $600 is very good compensation. If there are many glaring errors and problems with structure and general readability, I think you might suggest a rewrite. If you help with that and then do the proofreading, you could probably ask a higher price based on the amount of time it took. Good luck!