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Re: Need some help, advice...

Consider this on two levels.  Money is one thing..Time is another.  I once
committed to a single multi-colored hand printed job that became four times
as large as I wanted.  The client was willing to pay what I thought would
be the most money I had ever earned over a three monthe period.   fifteen
months later the pay didn't look so hot.  My hands inked the plates over
7,000 times in order to do an edition of 150 of this project.  Do you
really want to you at this stff that long.   What will you not be working
whilr you are doing this single.  You may have to pass on something good,
whilr you slave away.  Can you split the load with a second binder and
include a project management fee for yourself?

Been there, did that and did that and did that...

Michael Morin

Celtic Press, Buffalo NY

At 02:33 PM 5/15/98 -0400, you wrote:
 >This guy seems to want you to work on his book no matter what.  If so,
make him pay
>for it.  Once you figure out what your labor, materials, etc. costs would
>be, make sure you round that figure up liberally.  You definitely don't
>want to lose money on a job you aren't sure you want.
>And if you really don't want the job, but the customer is very insistent,
>give him a quote that you know he will refuse.  If he doesn't, then take
>the job and know you will be VERY well paid!
>Best of luck,
>At 12:49 PM 5/15/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>Hi everyone,
>>I think I may be getting into a bit of trouble here...and sure could use
>>some advice from any and all view points.  :)
>>This morning I was contacted by a gentlemen who wants me to publish and
>>bind 60 -100 copies of a book of poetry he has written.  Now I have done
>>some vanity press work before, but NOTHING of this magnitude....it was
>>always 1-5 copies of a short story or poems or such.
>>{deleted text}
>>Any advice at all would be most welcome.
>>With much respect,
>>Melissa Hatalsky
>>Sweet Impressions
>>Paper and Book Arts Studio
>>Central NY
>  Eric Alstrom
>  Athens, Ohio
>  alstrom@xxxxxxxxx
>  http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~alstrom
>... and it is remarkable, thinks Russ, how much earthly
>disturbance, how much summer and dust the mind can manage
>to order up from a single Latin letter lying flat.
>                        Don DeLillo, Underworld (1997)

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