I've got a couple comparisons I would like to make for the sake of sorting out my own impressions. The first is with regard to the 3 major groups I do freelance work for. In the first, Nobo Live, I've been working with them the longest. I edit foreign manuscripts before they go up for peer review. The second, SciEdit, I've only been working with a few weeks but it is a similar gig. The final is Words and Numbers, where I have done some text book editing, and also some curriculum development writing.
To compare the first two, I make $0.03/word at Nobo Live, and about $0.04/word at SciEdit.
NoboLive mails me a check, SciEdit pays me in yuan through PayPal. In
both place, my only contact is a person who is my editor, but the role
of this person is different. At Nobo Live, the editor will deal with
the client, or suggest I may need to make further changes based on her
own observation. At SciEdit, I receive a QA form with comments from a
separate party. Neither has provided any training on what types of
comments/changes they would like to see- which I have heard other groups
like American Journal Experts do.
been doing editing for a while before I actually wrote anything that
needed to be edited. It was really enlightening to go over editor's
comments/changes on some of my stuff. At Words and Numbers, I have an
editor who provides me work, keeps in touch with the client, and gets my
work edited. I like that my main contact there who provides me
contracts (and at SciEdit) is not also the person providing criticism
for my work, but that may just be a preference thing. There is a
similar QA process, with writers and editors going back and forth to
polish a piece before it is returned in the final version to the
client. I find it a little frustrating sometimes not to be able to talk
directly with the client ("You wrote this software. What do YOU think
it does??"), but for the most part, I think it keeps everyone honest and
unemotional. The client only sees a near final version that they
approve with some minor comments. It's a much more corporate structure
then the Chinese version which feels like it has all the structure of a
hotmail account. And I do have a lot more interaction with my editor at Words and Number than I do with either of the others.
All three are easy to work with. The first two tend to give me short to very short deadlines (I recently got a paper to edit in 2 days). The third tends to give me a lot of time to schedule things (would you be willing to take a 20 hour contract in the next month or so?). Between the three styles, this week has been very busy, and it's nice to be making some cash.