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Offline Hilary Hughes

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Writing Costs
« on: October 22, 2012, 11:22:07 AM »
A friend of mine has been approached to document the social history of a family and their business over the course of approx 100 years. She's not sure how much to ask in payment although she has had academic material published in book form before. Does anyone know the best way to approach the finance position? Should she be working per hour, word, completion etc? I gather there may be a certain amount of interviewing certain family members, so there will expenses involved.

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Offline 510bhan

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Re: Writing Costs
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 11:54:24 AM »
Per hour is always tricky as you can never tell how long it will take and how much of your time is fairly spent on the project.

If she could offer a rate per word and perhaps extra expenses for interviews which she could bill at a certain rate, plus materials etc she might be able to offer a figure if she could reasonably predict how long she'd need to spend with people [including travel time]. :-\

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Re: Writing Costs
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 03:24:37 PM »
She should try to negotiate per word plus expenses.

That kind of project is often a flat fee, though. Hope she has some negotiating skills!
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Re: Writing Costs
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 07:30:15 PM »
A lot of genealogy researchers charge by time (so much an hour) and expenses. Expenses are for copies, travel, etc. I don't have any idea about the actual writing. FYI

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Re: Writing Costs
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012, 10:26:14 AM »
Thank you all for your replies. I shall pass the info' along.
Hilary
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