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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
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 engineer who writes. . . and sometimes edits)
The engineer who writes. Turning technology into English.
bdonohue -at- alum -dot- mit -dot- edu
Specializing in mechanical technologies
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