What Are Your Rates?

I charge $0.15 per word for a “research-only” piece. That is, we’re relying on my Google-fu and writing skills to produce a great piece of content without talking to anyone.

I charge anywhere from $0.25 per word to $1.00 per word for “feature” pieces. This means I’m getting out to talk to people to create incredibly unique content. It could be a feature-style article, a Q&A, a round-up, or what have you.

There’s lots of ways to do it, and I highly recommend this as some of the best content you could possibly have on your blog or website.

If you prefer a flat rate for budgeting purposes I’m happy to set one for you based on your desired word count.

Video scripts are also priced a little differently at $50 per hour, which includes all revisions. If you are from a company that’s used to doing a rate-per-minute I am happy to charge a $200 per minute rate. I’m also open to working out flat project rates. This is some of my favorite kind of work, so I’m pretty open to negotiation here.

How can I get a pricing break?

There are two ways.

The Talk-to-Me-Break

I am happy to drop my rate if you will put me in touch with the client whose website I’m writing for. If that client is willing to spend an hour with me on the phone to give me their take on their business (or if you are the direct client, and want to do that) I will happily drop my rate to $0.10 per word. It makes content that’s way more fun to write and is ultimately a lot less time-consuming for me, as I’m not sitting there wracking my brains for topic ideas, wondering if I’m getting something wrong, or spending hours on research.

The Work-on-the-Regular Break

Yeah, I love not having to go hunting like every other freelancer. That’s why I offer a flat blog management rate of $175 per month. You order 4 posts per week and you agree you’re going to stick with me for at least one year. I will write them, post them on your site, and add stock photos. You can forget your blog exists if you want. You can add additional posts at the same great reduced rate.

Do I do “bulk” pricing for other types of projects? Depends. I’m not a huge fan of it, but there are circumstances where I would agree it’s appropriate. Never hurts to ask me!

Do you provide graphics?

I will happily add stock photos or user-provided photos to blogs for free. Beyond that, I will refer you to a graphic designer.

How many revisions does your price include?

Prices include up to two revisions for free. After that, revisions are assessed and invoiced at a $50/hour rate. Note: the draft you receive is your first draft, not my first draft. I typically revise each project once or twice before sending it on. My goal is to pass on work you don’t need to see revised.

How do you invoice and charge?

I invoice regular clients on the first and fifteenth of each month. For smaller projects, I ask new clients to pay 1/2 up front for their first projects. After that, payment is due on delivery.

Any project that’s over 4,000 words gets invoiced in threes: 1/3 up front, 1/3rd on delivery of draft, 1/3rd on delivery of final draft. Note: if you love the 1st draft so much you just don’t want to make any additional changes then the final 1/3rd of the payment is due on acceptance, or within 30 days of delivery of the 1st draft if I don’t hear from you at all.

I send my invoices through PayPal, but I can also send them as an email attachment. I also accept payments via Venmo.com or Bill.com.

What’s your turnaround time?

I will provide you with my expected return-by-date when I quote the project. Right now I’m booked out a good 3 weeks in advance. Much depends on the scope of the project and my existing workload. I do take rush jobs if I have the bandwidth for them, but I do assess a 10% rush fee. A rush job is anything you need back faster than 5 business days.

Do you do social media?

I no longer offer social media marketing services to new clients. Social has gotten more specialized than ever, and you’d be better served by snagging a social media specialist.

What are your hours?

I make myself available to clients 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. Like most people I’m sometimes out of the office for other reasons. 🙂 If you email on the weekend I might answer fast, but you might not see the answer till Monday.

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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