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When you contact me, the first thing I will ask for is a 5-page excerpt from your MS. I'll edit these pages and send them back as a sample of my work with the estimate for the whole project. This will give each of us an idea of what we're working with.
Here is the language I use in my estimates:
"If this sample represents the quality in the rest of the MS, at XX pages formatted to industry standard, I estimate that the project will likely take me XX-XX hours and run $XX-$XX at $XX/hr. It would take around XX business days to complete.
Please note that the estimate is just that -- a ballpark to help you budget, and it is not a firm price, though I make every attempt to stick to it. The final price could go up or down, depending on what I find as I dig into your text. The estimate is based on page count, formatted to industry standard, not word count. If you need to brush up on standard manuscript formatting (SMF) take a look at my website. If you still have questions, just let me know!
To begin, I would need an $800 deposit to hold a reservation in my schedule. This deposit is fully refundable if you cancel or reschedule 91+ days before your reserved start date; after that, I will try to re-book the time, but if I cannot, then it is non-refundable.
If we do the project together, I'll make sure to keep a close eye on progress so there will be no surprises, and remain available for questions and updates throughout."
Estimates are tricky things, but I will always remain completely transparent, communicative, and do everything I can to get the project done within budget and within estimate. My goal is for everyone to come away happy, excited, and ready for more.
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