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Hourly rate, change orders, and retainers

Added by Brian Schwartz over 4 years ago

Dear Author,

There may be times when you'll need assistance with something that is not able to be clearly defined in a scope of work (with clear outcomes that we can tie to a fixed price). In those cases, we do offer a flexible hourly pay-as-you-go model.

The minimum increment you can purchase is 1 hour ($120), and the rate ranges from $85-$120/hour depending on the number of hours purchased.

Note that if you are existing client, your rate will reflect the level of engagement (based on total size of scope).

  • 1-4 hours = $120/hour
  • 5-9 hours = $100/hour
  • 10 hours or more = $85/hour

How time is billed (an example):

If you have further changes to make in an eBook we've already completed for you, we'll need to charge you for 1 hour. Keep in mind that any work we do will be billed towards that 1 hour.

Thus, if it only takes us 15 minutes to complete a change, then you'll have 45 minutes remaining that can be used for additional items that come up.

Just keep in mind we can only log our time spent in 15-minute increments (meaning you will most certainly eat up your hour in 4 requests even if they are tiny uses of time).

To make the most efficient use of your money (and our time), I recommend you consolidate all your requests into one concise request as best you can.

Any work we do on retainer will be logged into your AuthorDock dashboard.

Wondering what kind of tasks we typically do on retainer? Here's a list of some of the more common ones:

  • Rework / Edits
  • Press releases
  • Marketplace Setup
  • Marketplace Optimization
  • Profile / Account Setup
  • Graphic Design
  • Ad placement
  • Facebook Promotion
  • Goodreads Giveaways
  • Amazon Ad Campaigns
  • Video Trailers
  • Various Troubleshooting
  • Customized marketing plan
  • Website work
  • And more....

Once we define your requirements, I can give you a time estimate.

Jobs that are more typically done via a scope of work (and a fixed price) include:

Don't hesitate to ask whether or not we do something - this is a general list and our capabilities are ever expanding

Thank you!

My best,
Brian Schwartz