I have a friend who has written a book with 13 stories in it. She wants to have me record reading the book and wants to know how much would I charge her. I suspect I should charge ether per stories or for the whole book.
I’ve never done this so I don’t know where to start. Can you help me?
I don’t know anything about charging for reading a book out loud for a recording. But that almost doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter a great deal because you should know what you charge per hour, regardless. Do you see what I mean?
Every writer should have a minimum hourly rate they do for whatever – writing, editing, dog walking, and, in your case, recording. Sure there will be some variation. But if you charge say $100 an hour for writing and only $25 an hour for dog walking, what happens to your income when you’re suddenly walking dogs eight hours a day? Plus the fact that the dog walking takes time away from your writing.
Okay, I can just hear some of you saying “but I want a business where I both write and walk dogs!” Okay, but someplace along the way you have to determine how much money you want or need to earn a week, or a month, or a year, then translate that into how much you charge for writing and dog walking.
Recording a book takes time. I don’t know how much time because I’ve never done it. If I were to take this on I might very well set an hourly rate because I wouldn’t know how, at first, to set a flat fee.
So TJ, I’d say to you charge her your normal hourly rate.
Which is why I wrote the Setting Freelance Writing Fees series.
Do you have a question about freelance writing? Email me with Q&A in the subject line and I’ll probably answer it here.
How do you set your rates?
Write well and often,