How do I determine who gets charged what? It depends…

How do I determine fees for ghostwriting and editing? It depends on many factors.

1. How desperate am I for some cash?
2. How much research do I have to do?
3. Is the client coming from an online venue or the real world?

Quite honestly, #1 plays a big factor. If my project board is empty, I may be more than willing to take on your project for the low end of the payscale. Especially if it is a project I can get excited about.

#2 is another biggy for me. If I am clueless about the subject you propose, I am going to charge way more for my research time. I shy away from these though because generally it is just not fun to write about topics that I cannot generate some passion about. In regards to editing, I am going to take into account how familiar I am with the subject. Again, if your project is in an area that I’ve never heard of, I may charge more to edit it….I may not (depends on #1). I have worked on many mss. where I was unfamiliar with the content and had no problems.

#3 is reality check time. Clients from online venues like Elance, Guru, etc. are looking for cheap outsourcing, not writers. Now, I don’t want to tick off my clients at Elance, but surely they will admit that the providers at Elance charge far far less than a real world writer. I get business from the real world, and I charge a much higher rate. And I must be doing okay with that because they keep coming back for more.

All of that said, here is what the Editorial Freelancers Association suggests freelancers charge for their services (as of January 2012):

What services do I offer? Check it out here: www.karenzomedia.com

Still have questions? Contact me at kazsilvestri@yahoo.com

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
This entry was posted in FAQ's for Clients, Freelancing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s