Re: time to write question

Subject: Re: time to write question
From: AlQuin <cbon -at- WXS -dot- NL>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 10:29:35 +0100

On 28-02-1999 00:18 Sharon Burton-Hardin wrote:

>Now he is shocked to discover that I am charging him for the 5 hours I spent
>making his edits. I know that this is a reasonable number of hours but he
>wonders why the text needed editing at all, it seems. I sent him a long
>e-mail explaining that the amount of work I have created in 30 hours is
>extraordinary and that editing the copy is expected. And that since I am
>working on his project making his corrections, I have to charge him for the
>time. As he would pay a programmer for fixing the (many) spelling errors I
>found. When I am working on his project, I cannot work on another client
>So what I am wondering is:
>* Is this rate of work extraordinary? I am pretty sure that it is, but...
>* Is 45 generally small edits for 75 pages of text reasonable for a product
>I never saw before I started writing about it? Especially at this rate?
>(Yes, I run spell check so there are not spelling error but there have been
>a few wrong words, spelled correctly)
>* Do you charge clients to make edits?

I am a contract worker for my occasional writings and under this contract
I deliver a product in which a one time review for corrections
(misunderstandings, local jargon, small additions, etc) is included.
Larger additions (e.g. new functions, modifications) will be charged.
However, I will have this preceded by an additional quote.

And remember, when you cannot work on another client while working on his
project is not HIS problem...

Kees de Bondt

* Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas: AlQuin Total Quality

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