Re: What does $3 a page mean to you?

Subject: Re: What does $3 a page mean to you?
From: Michele Davis <michele -at- krautgrrl -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 09:39:18 -0500

My two cents is this: I've been editing book length manuscripts for years. Since everyone I've ever worked with defines a page differently, the onus is on you to provide what you're going to bill off of. In other words, I tell the client in an email, and again in a small contract that edited pages are double spaced 8.5x11 pages with 1.5 margins.

Having sued a number of people in my career, you don't need to pay an attorney to create a demand letter for you. I wrote one in January and the deadbeat I won a $7010 judgment from worked out a payment schedule with me after receiving the demand letter. However, I do believe even a lawyer would say this, that a demand letter won't go out now if you have a 90-120 net. A demand letter is usually sent after someone has neglected to pay or after a claims court win.

I think being as polite as possible until you receive some payment or 120 days rolls by is the best bet. Given your problems with this client I wouldn't be surprised if they don't answer your questions, and then, as someone else suggested, sending an invoice for the full amount is the best thing to do.



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Bonnie Granat wondered: <<Does it mean $3 per manuscript page that you edit? Does it mean $3 per final book page? The publisher for whom I just edited a book quoted "$3 a page" as the rate, and I assumed it was per manuscript page. Now that I'm getting ready to submit my invoice I'm told to "Please take the total manuscript pages and multiply by .75 to get the book pages.">>


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