Rate Card

I like up-front pricing. I hate it when companies say something like, “please call” when I’m trying to shop for something or get information about something online. I don’t want to do it to my clients, either. That’s why I’m publishing this clear, concise rate card. That way, you can decide whether or not you feel my prices are fair before you do business with me.

Note: Some projects are more complex than others. If I think yours falls into this category I will still send you an individualized project quote. This rate card will be used as the guideline to build the quote.

Price Sheet:

Hourly Rate: $100/hour

Phone Call Rate: $1.66/minute. The initial project call is, of course, free. Instead, this rate applies to meetings, phone calls where you’re talking to me about an existing project, or phone calls that you initiate or ask for where I’m interviewing you, personally, to get your perspective on the work that we’re doing. If ask for the phone call it’s totally free. 🙂 This rate does apply if the meeting happens over Skype, video chat, or any other format.

Blog Management: $37.50/post. The average post length is 250 to 600 words. The minimum post frequency is 4 posts per month. If you want longer, more in-depth posts please see the article/web content rate below. However, I really recommend most clients take it up to 8 posts per month…here’s why.

Requires a 1 year commitment. This is because content marketing really requires consistency, and I don’t want to take money from you in the short term only to see your program fail because it has not been given a chance to generate any real traction. If you don’t want to lock yourself into a contract you may purchase “a la carte” blog posts, which use the article/web content rates below. You may include images with every blog post for an additional $39 a month.

Press Releases: $60/release

E-mail Marketing: $20 per e-mail

Articles/Web Content/Whitepapers/Ebooks/Ghostwritten Books

This is calculated on a per article or per-page rate. Thus, if you want 5 web pages at 800 to 1000 words each then the total will be $350 for the whole project.

Up to 350 words: $35

350 to 1000 words: $50

1001 to 2000 words: $100

2001 to 3500 words: $140

3500 to 4000 words: $200

4001+ words: $0.05/word.

Newsletters: Custom rates.

Sales Letters: $150 per letter

Product Descriptions: Custom rates.

Social Media Management: Custom rates.

Graphics: I add stock photos or user-provided photos to blogs for free. I do not offer any graphic design services.

Revisions: Prices include up to two revisions for free. After that, revisions are assessed and invoiced at the hourly rate. Note that the draft you receive is your first draft, not my first draft–I typically revise each project once or twice before sending it on.

Invoicing: Blog and social media clients are invoiced in advance on the 1st or 15th of each month, depending on when they signed on.  On smaller projects, new clients are asked to pay for their first projects in advance; after that, payment is due on delivery.

4001+ word projects are invoiced in threes: 1/3rd up front, 1/3rd on delivery of draft, 1/3rd on delivery of final draft. If you love the 1st draft so much that you just don’t want to make any additional changes then the final 1/3rd of the payment is due on your acceptance, or within 30 days of delivery of the 1st draft if I don’t hear from you at all. All invoices are sent via PayPal.com and are due upon receipt.

Turnaround Time:

I will provide you with my expected return-by date when I quote the project. 5 to 10 business days is typical, but it can depend on my existing workload.

Anything more than 4000 words is scheduled out on a case-by-case basis, but the fastest it will get back to you will typically be 30 days after the day that the advance is paid.

Rush/Emergency Jobs: I understand that sometimes you need work completed yesterday. I am good at doing rush work, but obviously doing every job as a rush job destroys my ability to serve my clients well. Thus, there is a $25 rush/emergency job fee on any project under 4,000 words. For projects over 4,000 words there is a 10% rush fee.

Hours: I work Monday through Friday every week and am available by phone between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm CST, excluding Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.

Ready to talk about your writing project? If so, call me at 810-333-8392 or e-mail me at deadline.dervish@gmail.com.

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