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

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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