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Prospective clients may request a sample of our work. You may select a paid or unpaid sample editorial test. After you see what we can do, you decide if you want to hire us. Here’s how it works:
An unpaid test requires about an hour of the editor's time. You provide five standard (250-word, double-spaced) pages that are representative of your typical work and not part of an unpublished or live work. We agree on a time frame for turnaround and after you review our edits, you decide if you want to hire us.
As an alternative to unpaid testing, the prospective client and editor may decide on a paid test consisting of editing a chapter or other agreed-upon unit of material from a live project.
A paid test should consist of a longer or more complex text or manuscript from a live project. The client should inform the editor when live work is given as a test.
The client should inform the editor of the preferred method for testing, such as hard copy markup or onscreen digital editing. Clients should provide contact information in case the editor has questions while doing the test.
These Guidelines for Editorial Testing were accepted on May 4, 2011, by the Board of Governors of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Striving to deliver the highest editorial standards for each client, Stacks Editing endorses these testing guidelines as a fair method for a prospective client to judge our expertise and the quality of our work.