On Your Letterhead
No matter which way I slice this, and I’ve tried many, I keep coming up with
150 hours over an 8-10 week period to rewrite and rework your book, currently
titled (Working Title). This includes:
- Rewriting the guts – tightening, rearranging, etc.
- Developing proprietary characters and getting their dialogue in order for
their dialog in each chapter
- Reworking each exercise into some pattern
- Developing a list of resources for the back of the book
- An index
- All front matter – title page, copyrights, dedications, intro, table of
- Integrating the art you’ll provide into the text
- Back of Jacket copy
In other words, you’ll end up with a book ready to go to a Print-On-Demand
publisher with everything but the cover art, in .pdf, camera-ready copy.
You, of course, will be involved every step of the way.
My best guess at the moment is the pattern will be something like this: I’ll
rewrite a chapter and send it to you… you’ll tell me where I’m right or wrong…
either by phone or email or both… the first couple of chapters will probably be
the most intense as I really learn your voice.
At my normal fee of $xxx an hour, that’s $xx,xxx. Another approach would be
for me to charge $xx an hour for $xx,xxx and x% of your net. I’d like to get a
third up front or $x,xxx; a third when we’re half way through which would seem
to be at the end of the current Chapter 7, including Proprietary Characters
Dialog and Exercises for those chapters, and the final third when we declare it
My work will begin when the first payment is received; estimated time of
completion, approximately 8-10 weeks from start of work.
You, of course, retain all copyrights, including, but not limited to
electronic rights and ownership of the finished product as well as any and all
materials used in creating the finished book. You also retain all rights to any
ancillary products, including, but not limited to articles, eletters, ezines,
and, specifically to the Proprietary Characters
We will need a good proofreader – you probably have one on your team, if not,
I have several. We’ll also need a cover designer for the cover, spine and back
cover; you may have that already. If not, I have people who will submit bids to
(Client name), this is a project I’d really like to do. This letter of
agreement states our mutual intentions at this date. We both recognize that
things change and that this is essentially a personal service agreement,
alterable by either party in writing with 14 days notice and cancelable by
either party in writing with 14 days notice.
Love and blessings,
_____________________ (Date Signed)