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Those are decent references (although a bit dated). I typically look
at the location of the company doing the hiring, check going rates in
that area and start at that ballpark. Highlight my strengths - start a
bit high and listen to everything they say.
The unofficial words
of a Technical Writer
On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 3:36 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've recently been contacted to provide a "one-voice" edit to a 450-page
> technical book being published by a leading technical book publisher. The
> chapters are to be written by several authors at a software development
> firm, with yours truly providing the unifying touch. The work will all be
> done on a telecommute basis, although I'll probably have to visit the
> software firm at least once to say "hello."
> If it were you, how much would you charge for such an undertaking? Years ago
> I was one of many technical editors for Que's *Using CorelDRAW! 5.0*, for
> which I received a dollar a page. Given that this project will require more
> actual *writing*, I know that rate won't suffice. How can I best make this
> worth my while without pricing myself out of the market? I also want to
> float a rate that's attractive to the publisher, so as to encourage them to
> want to use my services again, but don't want to underbid so low so as to
> not get a respectable return from my efforts.
> Your thoughts?
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