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The National Writers Union Guide to Freelance Rates & Standard Practice
13 pages out of 200 to Technical Writing. They offer some good but simplistic
tips and very little in the way of hard information toward deciding how and
to charge. The biggest flaw in this material is the lack of a specific
of activities and charges. Thing like file conversions, creating or
illustrations, editing vs researching vs writing vs page/document design vs
There is no consideration of how to deal with projects created from scratch
revisions vs technical translations vs electronic and/or hardcopy
Too much effort is spent in looking at the pros and cons of agencies vs
The rate information only addresses charging by the hour and isn't broken
region. The subject matter issue is only addressed by inference from the
categories selected for presentation.
In short, go to a good book store with a pad and pen, get the book, and
minutes to read it right there and take notes. The $19.95 price tag is more
the information content is worth.
At 18:42 1-18-97 -0500, Jean Weber wrote:
>The National Writers Union Guide to Freelance Rates & Standard Practice is
>available for $19.95 (plus $2 shipping & handling, + 8.25% NY residents
>sales tax, if applicable) ) to non-members, from National Writers Union,
>113 University Place, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003. ($13.95+$2 for NWU
>Their blurb says:
>"It's the first professional writer's guide based on an independent survey
>of working writers, as well as interviews with agents, publishing lawyers,
>editors, and publishers. The NWU Guide offers a comprehensive, real-life
>look at fees, contracts, and working conditions, alongside fair and clear
>recommendations tailored to six major freelance markets: journalism, books,
>corporate/nonprofit communications, technical writing, small press/literary
>magazines, academic writing. The book also explores such issues as
>copyright in the electronic future, the politics of writing, and the
>Union's history and current benefits and activism."
>Although I am a member of the NWU, I have not seen a copy of this book, so
>I cannot comment on its value.
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