Re: Estimating

Subject: Re: Estimating
From: lathropl <lathropl -at- MAIL -dot- FWS -dot- GOV>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 1994 11:03:27 MST

In response to the question about estimating indexing projects ....
First, you won't get rich as a freelance indexer. However, indexing
technical documentation pays better than indexing non-fiction texts for
publishing houses. A recent survey by the American Society of Indexers
(ASI) showed that rates ranged from $18.00 - $26.00 per hour for indexing
technical documentation. In comparison, the average rate paid by a
publishing house was considerably lower, about $15.00 per hour.

Freelance indexers, however, do not generally charge by the hour when
dealing with publishing houses. Most indexers charge either by the page
(book page, that is) or by the number of index entries. Per page rates
generally range from $2.50 (at the low end) to $10.00 (at the high end).

If you haven't become a member of ASI yet, I would encourage you to
contact them (P.O. Box 386, Port Aransas, TX 78373). Sorry ... I don't
have their phone number or e-mail address handy at the moment.
Membership costs $50/year, and their KeyWords newsletter is excellent.

And, as someone else already mentioned, INDEX-L is a great list for
freelance indexers.

Lori Lathrop | INTERNET: 76620 -dot- 456 -at- compuserve -dot- com
Lathrop Media Services |
P.O. Box 808 |
Georgetown, CO 80444 |

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