I’m new to this forum, however, I’m a long-time follower of David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion’s InDesign and EPUB videos.
I’ve been helping my Mom make her books into EPUBs and am seriously considering doing this full time. I have learned that there are independent authors out there that need help making their books into EPUBs and my question is this:
Does anyone know if there is a standard for how much one should charge for creating EPUBs in a full-time capacity? I want to make sure that I don’t charge too much or too little and I want to do this right. I greatly appreciate any responses as I look forward to helping independent authors. :)
Stephanie, the best way to do that is to figure out how much you need to make an hour (to pay yourself, taxes, marketing exp, rent etc) and then estimate how long to convert a manuscript to an ebook, including all versions and all proofing rounds.
Seriously, for freelance ebook designers, there is no flat rate. You can’t compete against online services that advertise “50 cents a page” or “$149.00” etc. You sell your own expertise and attention to detail, then price the job accordingly.
My design firm (senecadesign.com) does ebook design and conversions, and our fees have ranged from $350 to $4500 for one ebook (the latter was a monster project with 6 months of major revisions). Always ask for a sample of the manuscript (Word, PDF, or ID file) before you give a quote estimate, too. This I’ve learned the hard way. ;-)
I agree about asking for the manuscript copy and/or word count, before supplying any kind of quote. Additionally, seeing the images (quality and quantity) and a pull quotes estimate is a real cost changer. My projects typically begin with print layout and then morph into epub after.