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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby abqwriter » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:46 pm

Java - what is the job for? What will you be doing?

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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby JavaScripter19 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:29 pm

I am writing a press release for an area home builder. I spent two hours talking about the article and several hours researching information he didn't have handy and a couple of hours actually writing the article. What sort of things should I consider when charging a fee? I used to work for the guy and this was just part of my job. Now that I'm "freelance" I have no idea how to charge him!

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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby mammamaia » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:38 pm

check out what several online writing services charge for press releases and fix your fee somewhere in the middle...

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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby Georganna » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:38 pm

Because clients diddle around and delay and I am a perfectionist and overwork, I really dislike flat fees. However, to prevent any "unpleasant surprises" for clients, we always agree on a ceiling cost for a project. If it goes quickly, they are charged less. If they are a pain, I may charge the maximum, no matter how long it takes. Everyone is happy.

If you are working in a competitive market area (like San Diego), it is usually beneficial to know what other locals are charging. Then look at your experience level and adjust accordingly. There is no way I can compete with the guy on the Internet who offers complete book doctoring for only one cent a word, but no one around here works so cheaply.

It doesn't matter whether you call it a flat or hourly fee -- you can't work flat for original pieces; it always takes time.

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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby abqwriter » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:56 pm

The range on Writer's Market is from $125 - $1500 / Project with an average of $425. But a lot of that is going to depend on what the market in your area can handle. For a press release in our area I usually charge anywhere from $250 - $700, depending on what has to go into the research and how many markets I have to contact with the release (local, national, etc.). And like Georganna, my rates go up if they're a pain to deal with. Some are easy and don't micromanage. They get a much lower rate than someone who wants to look over my shoulder through the entire process.

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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby MonikaM » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:55 pm

That is an interesting information and beneficial as well.

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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby mammamaia » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:50 pm

not really... there are services that do it for a fee, if the person wanting one sent out can't or doesn't want to do it on their own...

as a writer who's written them for pay, i wouldn't take on the distribution of a release without charging an additional fee... writing is writing... sending out press releases is another ball game altogether... that's done by press agents, or press services...

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RE: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby Susan Cross » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:07 am

I write magazine articles. The editor tells me up front what she will pay for the article and if I agree she sends me a contract. Right now, I am only writing for one magazine that has 5 editions (my articles may appear in 1 or all 5). The pay is the same for 500-700 words and they pay extra if I provide a photo whether it is a PR photo, one I've taken or one provided by my subject. As long as I provide it, I get paid.

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Re: Flat Fees vs. Hourly Rates

Postby mammamaia » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:47 pm

is it a national, or regional mag and what kind of other 'editions' does one magazine have?

what do they pay for a 500-700 word piece?

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