>> ...and I'm glad that Jeff has finally decided to put an end to his "temporary" filling of this position.
Yea, me too. The 'soft' approach clearly wasn't working, so this really is the only option left for me. Besides, I hoping that I might actually now find a bit of 'free' time to get back to building r/c subs. (what a concept!)
Regarding pricing.....I'll use the most recent example since it's actually pretty close to the overall average of what we have been seeing....and the numbers are right on hand. (In other words, I've seen both higher and lower estimates).
To do all the work required to give us finished pages (text editing, photo manipulation, page lay-up and PDF creation) we're talking an average labor estimate of one hour per page. And an hourly rate of $60 per hour. If we multiply all this out by 68 pages (64 in the body plus the 4 cover pages)....we get something in the neighborhood of $4080 per issue. Multiply that by 4 issues a year and we have $19,200.
(by the way, the estimate of an average of one hour per page is a bit on the low side of what I would estimate it takes me to do this same work.....and please remember that I am familiar with subs, etc.)
Personally, I do not understand how $60 an hour is justifiable.....but I'm finding this more common than not. Part of this *may* be due to the timeframe in which the work typically needs to be done, namely a two to three week window.
This pricing is why Jeff P.'s suggestion of finding a college graduate is so enticing.....someone like that is likely to charge a lot less.
And yes, while we can look at the option of hiring out someone to do the production work, we absolutely need someone who understands the hobby, subs in the real world, and our membership in general. And that part of being a 'managing editor' is what makes it a full time job!
And finally, I feel obligated to say that doing the page lay-up work is not a very complex thing. The SCR format is a fairly straight-forward and simple lay-up style. Using PageMaker as our lay-up tool requires learning something like a dozen or so commands. This is one reason why the lack of member support to do this work is sooooo puzzling!
-hope this helps!