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>How does a writer or artist determine what to bill for 

     When I was beginning to sell words as "work for hire"
rather than to more traditional periodicals or publishers, a
Canadian outfitter asked me to quote a many-page brochure
for their business.
     Since I didn't have a clue how to figure the charges, I
called Chris Bohjalian.  (Chris is a Vermont novelist who was
an advertiser in a former life.)  His advice, "Charge what you
do in your day job."
     Since I'm an engineer and business consultant in real life,
that was easy.  Just like lawyers and doctors, I think in billable
hours.  And it gave me a workable basis to value my writing
     On the other hand, our arts council had to determine the
value of inkind services the artists donate to a local school. 
Thanks to some published info, we discovered a range of
$30-$45/hour (U.S. time, you figure the currency).  We chose
the high end.

Dick   [Hmmm, .1 hours (I type verrrrry slowly ;-) at $135]
Harper [That will be $13.50, please]



The Accounting Web newsletter tells us:

>A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation 
>was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments 
>and asking the doctor for free medical advice. After an hour of 
>this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, "What do you do to 
>stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of 
>the office?"

>"I give it to them," replied the lawyer, "and then I send them 
>a bill."

>The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try. The next 
>day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the 
>bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill 
>from the lawyer.

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