I have over 20 years’ experience transcribing journalist interviews, TV to-camera scripts, law court transcripts, business correspondence, etc.
My rates are $40 per hour. To give you a ballpark idea of how much your file will cost – a 60-minute conversational transcript which is digital and clear, with little or no background noise, and one or two people with little or no overtalking, will generally be around $120 for 60 minutes of audio.
(In a conversational transcript, the stumbles and half-spoken words which occur constantly in our speaking are left out, making it far easier to make sense of the content. Verbatim transcripts are those which include everything. They are often used in legal contexts, and are truly terrible to read).
I had never used a transcription service before, always holding interviews close and thinking I needed to go through the pain of doing it all myself. Then, at a very busy time with a book and other deadlines, I turned to Sue.
Good transcribing is more than rapidly typing what you think you heard. Sue Stevenson is a speedy transcriber, for sure, but she’s also accurate, intuitive, and indicates (with a time stamp) when she’s not sure of what someone said. Her skilful use of punctuation and paragraphs means every transcript reads like a story ready to print. She also spell-checks names and details as she goes. Sue has been transcribing my interviews for about a year, on tricky topics as varied as diabetes, mining, renewable energy and aerospace. Her reliability has become legend among my colleagues, and she’s made a huge difference to the pace at which I can ply my journo’s craft. Should I be telling you this? Up until now, Sue’s always been available to transcribe when I need her.