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A question for those who do audiobooks

 
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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:43 am    Post subject: A question for those who do audiobooks Reply with quote

Suppose you're being offered work that:

- pays a fixed rate of $125 per 9000 words
- requires you to do your own editing, and
- gives you three months to complete a given project

(it is not stated whether the projects are limited to 9000 words)

What would your reaction/response be?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike - knowing your skill set, I wouldn't settle for anything less than $250 per finished hour, especially if you're doing your own editing . This is assuming that this is an audiobook and that they're may be royalties to account for.

If this is a straight-up narration or Elearning type of project, 0.15/word MINIMUM.

You're better than $125 for 9000 words...much better.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, thatís about $125 per finished hour... a terrible rate unless youíre really hungry.



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll going to agree with Bruce and Bruce (Oh... Jeez... there's a Python sketch bubbling away here... but I shall practice restraint)

Union min is $225... and that's without all the editing and file prep! Usually, it would be $300 for a pfh rate. Now, not everyone is going to put union rates on the table, but they're a good yardstick... $250 would be good... $125 would not be.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: A question for those who do audiobooks Reply with quote

Mike Harrison wrote:
Suppose you're being offered work that:

- pays a fixed rate of $125 per 9000 words
- requires you to do your own editing, and
- gives you three months to complete a given project

What would your reaction/response be?


"No."
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:39 pm    Post subject: Re: A question for those who do audiobooks Reply with quote

Mike Harrison wrote:
Suppose you're being offered work that:

- pays a fixed rate of $125 per 9000 words

What would your reaction/response be?

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to ask. The company making the offer did realize that it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But it will be someone's half cup of tea.
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