I normally do single-page layout work but have gotten a multi-page layout project in and wanted to ask for some guidance.
- 65 page Word doc being made into a bound, probably soft cover, professionally printed book
- client not sure of the size/style of book they want but I will have that info soon
- creating book cover and section artwork
- will need to make .indd file a template for future volumes of this poem book (creating style sheets and formatting)
- some poem entries are 4 line stanzas and some stories are a page in length at 12 pt. font in current Word doc
I know how to use InDesign and can figure out what I don't know for the project. What I am seeking guidance on is the CORRECT WAY to price a project like this.
Disclaimer: I AM NOT asking for the easy way out (i.e. a flat rate; hours > dollars).
I am asking for someone who has experience with long document projects to guide me in correctly pricing this project so that I will not do a disservice to our Creative community at large by undervaluing/pricing my work. As we know, this is already a major problem so I want to help correct it. I admit, I have done a coupe multi-page layout projects (i.e. proposals etc) in the past and I don't think I priced them as accurately as they could have been. So I want to start off right again with this project.
I also am not asking for someone to take my hand from start to finish; more so I am asking WHAT ARE THE NORMAL LINE ITEMS for a project like this. I've got a handle on what should be in the line items, I just want to make sure I am not leaving anything out.
Also, I have been using a print vendor for a while now but they may not work well for this project so if you have any print vendor recommendations that would be great.
Prices and print vendors vary from country to country... where in the world are you?
Usually it is just hours x hourly rate
Or you could apply a daily rate and estimate how many days work
4 hours initial work for design concepts based on 4 pages with up to 3 options for design.
Based on design chosen
I'd estimate typesetting 4 pages in 15 minutes (or 16 pages per hour)
Circa. 65 pages in 4.5 hours - round up to 5
Include things for proofing - half the initial time +
(+ 4 hours initial design time)
(+ time included in any meetings + telephone calls)
+ printing costs + 100% markup on printing (as you assume the risk for undertaking the printing)
Don't forget, it takes time to digest and email, store it logically in a filing system, then apply any changes, create a new proof, and send a new email.
This should all be included in the proofing costs.
I'm in the states on the east coast. How about yourself? Do you know of any print vendors specializing in printing books?
Thank you for this valuable information.