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Old 02-28-2005, 09:43 PM   #1
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When you quote a per-page price for book layout, do you subtract the blank pages from the final page count when you add up the bill?

We start new chapters on right-hand pages, so we usually end up with several blank left-hand pages. I've been subtracting them from the page count, but I recently talked to someone who said she never does.

Just curious to know how others handle it.

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Old 02-28-2005, 10:08 PM   #2
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When you quote a per-page price for book layout, do you subtract the blank pages from the final page count when you add up the bill?
I never did when I did technical documentation.

   
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Okay, that's another vote for not subtracting.

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Old 03-01-2005, 07:42 PM   #4
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When you quote a per-page price for book layout, do you subtract the blank pages from the final page count when you add up the bill?

We start new chapters on right-hand pages, so we usually end up with several blank left-hand pages. I've been subtracting them from the page count, but I recently talked to someone who said she never does.

Just curious to know how others handle it.

mxh
In my work, I always subtract blank pages from the billable page count.
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Now it's even -- two for subtracting, two for not subtracting.

I need a tiebreaker. <g>

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Old 03-02-2005, 01:06 AM   #6
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Now it's even -- two for subtracting, two for not subtracting.

I need a tiebreaker. <g>

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I don't charge for blank pages.

   
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Old 03-02-2005, 08:57 PM   #7
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I decided to be nice to my client and continue not charging them for blank pages.

I hope they appreciate it.

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I decided to be nice to my client and continue not charging them for blank pages.

I hope they appreciate it.
You'll have to let them know that you aren't, and that lots of other designers do. Otherwise they'll just take it all for granted. That's what clients do. <g>

   
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You'll have to let them know that you aren't, and that lots of other designers do.
Good point. Although I've been tooting my own horn so much lately, I'm getting a fat lip.

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Old 03-07-2005, 10:47 AM   #10
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<I hope they appreciate it.>

Buy some insurance of that. On your bill, indicate something like:

100 pages @$25/page
less 5 blank pages
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net billed, 95 pages.

so they can SEE that you are not charging them for blanks, and what this saves them. If nothing else, when they do go shopping--or if they have paid for blanks in the past--they will have a basis of comparison to say "Oh, Marlene was giving us a break!".
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