Transcription Services

Need transcriptions for your church or ministry audio and video files?

Transcription service available on a freelance basis.

Churches and ministries are my specialty.

$1 per audio minute.

Accurate transcripts with quick turnaround time.

All major audio and video formats accepted.

Will follow your in-house style sheet.

Typed by a ministry participant and seminary graduate familiar with your topics and terminology.

Willing to sign NDA.

Editing/cleanup offered for auto-generated transcripts as well.

Please contact me to discuss your project, or read on for more details.

In ministry, you have many opportunities to share good news. Often your message is given live and recorded, or shared online through audio or video. It helps to have a transcriptionist, who specializes in transcribing for churches and ministries to capture your words as written text.

In ministry, you have many opportunities to share good news. Often your message is given live and recorded, or shared online through audio or video. It helps to have a transcriptionist, who specializes in transcribing for churches and ministries to capture your words as written text.

Whether you’re preaching, teaching, interviewing, creating a podcast, offering webinars, recording testimonies, republishing archived recordings from years past, or capturing your thoughts for an article or book, it helps to have a written text copy along with your audio or video. 

Written copy is easier and faster for you to review and organize. A text copy can also be used for your listeners to follow along, for website optimization, or to create additional material like articles or books.

A transcriptionist can listen to your audio/video and capture your words accurately in a written format. 

Are you looking for a professional transcriptionist, who is also experienced in Christian ministry? You’ve come to the right place. I’m an independent contractor who transcribes for churches, ministries, and the audio/video professionals who serve ministries.

WHY ME, AS YOUR CHURCH OR MINISTRY TRANSCRITIONIST?

Here’s what you get when you hire me to transcribe your church or ministry audio/video recordings:

*Experienced, accurate transcriptionist, who transcribes daily and is ranked in the top tier of a prominent transcription service, for whom I have completed to date 1,356 transcription projects totaling 62,169 audio/video minutes (and counting). 

*Seasoned professional writer, editor, and native English (American English) speaker, who understands language and grammar and will follow your style sheet and preferred format. It is important that transcription captures words and phrases exactly as spoken, so I do not edit the transcript, other than removing filler words, stutters, and false starts for improved readability. However, my experience as a writer and editor contributes to my accuracy in capturing exactly what is spoken, phrasing, where sentences start and end, vocabulary, etc. 

*A Christian who cares about your listeners, readers and your material, and who will pray over your audio/video and transcript. 

*Asbury Theological Seminary graduate (M Div) who understands the specific terms you use. 

*Current community ministry advisor and previous church staff member, who has worked with ministries and churches in many capacities since 2008, and who will uphold confidentiality; willing to sign NDA.

*A live human (not a bot); you can talk with me and give me specific instructions; and I can ask you questions to clarify, when needed. 

*Transcriptionist who works with clients one-on-one, offering more effective communication than an online transcription service and costing you less. 

NON-VERBATIM TRANSCRIPTION

There are two types of transcription services you will come across: verbatim and non-verbatim. I offer non-verbatim transcription.

What is the difference between verbatim and non-verbatim transcription? In verbatim transcription, every stutter, false start, repetition, and filler word is included in the transcript. (Filler words can include “uh,” “um,” “you know,” and “kind of, sort of, like.”) Verbatim is often used for legal or law enforcement transcriptions, where every utterance has to be captured.

By contrast, in non-verbatim transcription, those stutters, false starts, unintentionally repeated words, and fillers are removed. Everything else is typed exactly as spoken. Non-verbatim produces a cleaner, easier-to-read transcript for most purposes.

Even in non-verbatim, some false starts are kept in the transcript, where they add important context that affects meaning. Sometimes words like “you know,” “like,” “kind of” are left in the transcript because they are spoken intentionally.

The word “and” is often spoken habitually at the beginning of many sentences, and is removed in non-verbatim transcription without altering the meaning. Speakers often end sentences habitually by saying, “Right?” These are removed in non-verbatim transcription, except where the speaker is intentionally asking the listener a question, which is then answered by the listener. In dialogue, non-verbatim transcription also removes utterances of active listening, like “Yes, okay, mm-hmm,” except where these words are answering a question or needed for context.

HOW DOES THIS TRANSCRIPTION SERVICE WORK?

If you are interested in working with me to meet your transcription needs, we will start out with a phone consult, so I can learn about your specific needs and you can ask me your questions.

I will ask what type of audio/video files you use. I can accept most standard audio and video formats.

I will ask you for a sample audio/video excerpt, so I can check the quality and let you know if transcription is feasible. I am willing to sign an NDA prior to receiving your excerpt.

If we decide to work together, I am willing to sign an NDA regarding the confidentiality of your transcriptions. Please note that as a Christian author and teacher myself, I can only sign an NDA that encompasses your specific proprietary information and copyright, not Christian and biblical concepts and teaching more broadly.

To secure my time for your project, I will ask for a 50% deposit up front via my invoice, which I will send via PayPal. This invoice includes a small, non-refundable online transaction fee.

I will invite you to send me your audio or video file via Dropbox or Google Drive. 

I will ask that you include any style sheet and spelling of proper names used in the recording. While this is optional for you, it ensures a better output. If you don’t have a style sheet, I have a simple form you can fill out.

As an individual transcriptionist, I can tailor your transcript to your style sheet. (This is different from using an online transcription service, in which the transcriptionists are required to use the transcription company’s limited style sheet, which is not designed for ministry transcripts.) I can follow your preference for capitalization regarding pronouns that refer to God, as well as your preferred style for quoting scripture, among other details. If your transcript includes some words in biblical Hebrew or Greek, I can write those out based on your style sheet. (This is different from an online service, in which transcriptionists are required to timestamp “foreign language” on such words.) I also have more freedom to use the full range of punctuation than some online transcription services allow.

When I receive your file, I will type an accurate transcript for you. 

If questions come up as I am typing your transcript, I will ask you. 

If a word or phrase is inaudible, I will timestamp “inaudible” in your transcript. I keep these to a minimum and work very hard to hear what is being said. If two or more speakers are talking over each other, I will do my best to separate their phrases. If that is not possible, I will timestamp ”crosstalk.”

If I am unsure about the spelling of a proper name, and if that spelling has not been provided, I will timestamp the name with my best guess at spelling, and will use that same spelling through the transcript, making it easy to find and replace later. If I run into this too often, I will ask you to provide the name spellings. 

If I discover that the overall audio/video quality is not as clear as the excerpt I reviewed, I will let you know. We can proceed one of two ways: 1. I can return your file and your deposit, minus the non-refundable online transaction fee. 2. If I think I can provide a reasonably clean transcript, I will quote a surcharge fee, based on the extra time it will take to complete the project. You will then have the choice to continue or to follow the first option.

When I complete your transcript, I will send it to you along with an invoice for the balance. I will also delete your audio/video file from my Dropbox/Google Drive and from my download folder.

I will invite you to give me feedback, so I can tailor future projects to your needs.

As a transcriptionist, I am also a beta listener for you. I will be able to tell you of any difficulties in hearing your audio/video, which might be helpful to know before your next recording. 

If you’d like to get started, I invite you to contact me for your free phone consult. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF THIS TRANSCRIPTION SERVICE?

Your initial phone consult and review of your audio or video excerpt is free.

If we decide to work together, I will type a clean and accurate transcript of your audio or video file for $1 per audio minute. The transcript will be non-verbatim style. See above for an explanation of non-verbatim transcription.

The surcharge for an audio or video file that is difficult to hear can range from 20 to 40 cents per audio minute. (If I don’t think I can offer reasonably clear results, I will return the file along with your deposit, minus the online transaction fee.)

If you require special formatting, frequent time stamping, or if your audio or video includes more than five clearly identifiable speakers, or excessive crosstalk, I can offer that service at a customized rate. Please contact me for pricing.

If you opt to use your own voice-to-text software, and would like for me to listen and clean up your electronic transcript, the fee is 85 cents per audio minute. If the text is too unworkable, I will recommend that you have it retyped from scratch, a service I can offer for $1 per audio minute; or I will return the files and your deposit, minus the online transaction fee.

READY TO GET STARTED?

Please contact me today to schedule your free phone consult if you would like to get started. 

God bless,

Janet Eriksson

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

NEED VOICE-TO-TEXT TRANSCRIPT EDITED?

I do not use voice-to-text software to create transcripts. Instead, I type each transcription myself, by hand, by listening directly to your audio or video file.

However, if you use your own voice-to-text software and need the transcript cleaned up, I offer that service as well. I will listen to your audio/video file, while following along with your electronic transcript and making the needed corrections. (See above for fees.)

If you are wondering whether to pay a vendor to provide you with a transcript using voice-to-text software, you might be surprised that the transcript you receive is not as clean as you would hope. While some voice-to-text software has come a long way, the transcripts created by such software are still far from a finished product. I edit transcripts like this daily, and it takes me nearly as long to edit as it would to type from scratch — and that’s on a clear audio file. It takes even longer to edit a voice-to-text software transcript where the audio is more difficult. Sometimes major portions need to be retyped.

If you are considering paying a company for a voice-to-text transcription service, I recommend you start with a small file, with relatively clean audio, and see what the results are. That way, you will have a better idea if it is worth your time and effort to clean up the transcript.

WANT TO TURN YOUR TRANSCRIPTS INTO A BOOK?

Meet Kerri Johnson, a Christian minister and teacher here in Dahlonega, Georgia. Kerri was able to use transcriptions of her audio files as a foundation for writing her books. After transcribing many hours of her audio files, I then put on my book editor hat to help Kerri create and publish these books. Please visit my Book Editing Services page to learn more about those services. Please feel free to mention your interest in “transcript-to-book” when you contact me.

Here are the links to Kerri’s published books, if you’d like to take a look. These books are the beginning of a series, with more to come. (These links open a new window in Amazon.)

Spiritual captivity and inner healing

Are You Feeling Stuck? Captivity Is a Real Place — Kerri Pulliam Johnson

Symphony of Heart & Mind: Helping You Express Emotions and Think under Pressure — Kerri Pulliam Johnson

Intense Fellowship: The Art of Fighting Fair — Kerri Pulliam Johnson

INTERESTED IN TYPING YOUR OWN TRANSCRIPTIONS?

These are the essential items I use to type transcriptions, and I highly recommend them. They continue to serve me well.

ECS WordSlinger Deluxe Overhead USB Transcription Headset

Express Scribe Pro Transcription Software with USB Foot Pedal

I have also found value in using the online transcription platform Transcribe by Wreally. I have only used their self-transcribe platform, where I can upload my audio/video, type the transcription myself, then download to MS Word. I am able to connect my foot pedal to their platform as well. Their self-transcribe subscription is well worth the minimal cost. I have not used their speech-to-text automated software, so I cannot offer any feedback on that service offering.

CONTACT ME FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

If you are interested in working with me to meet your transcription needs, please contact me today to schedule your free phone consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.

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