Textbook editing & design rates


#1

Hi peeps. Looking for advice (as usual). A business English teaching firm wants me to edit and, I presume, lay out some lessons and textbooks for them.

Part of the job involves writing and designing lessons for them. The sample lesson I supplied came out at around 1600 words. They are offering 2500 per lesson.

The other part would involve editing and laying out 12 lessons of 4-6 pages each, supplied by their tutors, for which they have offered 5000 per project (all 12).

These rates are … problematic. At my regular word rate, I would charge them 10000+ for just the copy for the sample lesson I supplied them, let alone laying the thing out in an attractive format.

For project managing, editing (which I presume would be minimal, but who knows?) and designing their supplied lessons, my rough calculations point towards a figure in the 25000 mark (conservatively).

Anyone have local experience with this sort of thing? I don’t know if these folks are clueless, just plain stingy or trying to low-ball me hard to see if I’ll take it. What is the normal rate for this sort of work here?

Any advice would be appreciated, as ever.


#2

No experience in Taiwan but I worked for a publisher in Seoul and they paid me $200 American for each 1,000 word story and paid $30 per hour in office for editing textbook lessons written by Korean English writers. That was 14 years ago.