Re: Question about price quotes and time estimates

Subject: Re: Question about price quotes and time estimates
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 14:27:38 -0400

Deborah Hemstreet wrote:
> Hi All,
> For technical writing time estimates: I've been taught that the
> standard for a new page of writing is approximately 5 hours of work
> per page.
> How does this estimate change when dealing with web-page writing, say
> 300 words, 15 pages, and I would need to research much of the
> information before doing the writing? It seems to me that maybe 5
> hours is a bit much, but I don't know.
> I was advised that the person wants 15 web pages, no more than 300
> words per page, written within 15-20 hours. Does this seem reasonable
> to you? What if I am only marginally familiar with the subject matter?
> That is, I know what it's about, but I would have to invest time to
> write something better. I've always been told that less is more - in
> quality and in time.
> I ask because I was asked to provide a quote for a website. The person
> wants me to base everything on existing material, but to avoid
> plagiarism, I would, essentially need to rewrite everything. I would
> need to spend time researching the subject matter. It is a topic I've
> always been interested in, so I don't mind. But I couldn't do my own
> website content in 15-20 hours...
> What do you think? Am I out to lunch? Do you have any suggestions?
> Thanks in advance,
> Deborah

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