Re: Estimating a project rate?

Subject: Re: Estimating a project rate?
From: Barbara Donohue <bdonohue -at- alum -dot- mit -dot- edu>
To: chrismorton11 -at- gmail -dot- com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 22:56:55 -0400

Hi, Chris,

Years ago I learned, I think it was from Judith Tarutz's book, Technical Editing, that one could expect to do developmental editing at the rate of 100 pages/40-hour week. And I found that to be very accurate for quoting jobs where I need to reorganize and/or restructure a book. The pace of work may be similar for this unification-of-voice type of editing.

When I have no idea how easy/difficult, fast/slow a project will be, I like to do a sample portion of it and base my quote on that. But it sounds as if none of this book has been written yet. True?

It sounds as if you'll be working for the publisher, rather than for the software firm. I believe publishers generally have a budget they're working from. So you can ask your contact at the publisher what they have budgeted for the job. Bear in mind that they'll probably quote you the low end of their range, and you should be able to kick it up some.

The Editorial Freelancers Assoc. has some common rates and pace of work listed on, in $US.


(The engineer who writes. . . and sometimes edits)

Barbara Donohue
The engineer who writes. Turning technology into English.
bdonohue -at- alum -dot- mit -dot- edu
Specializing in mechanical technologies

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