Monday, February 4, 2013

proofreading and previewing your project

When you've made a project, it's very important to click the "preview" button at the upper left of your editing screen to see what the page will look like when it prints.  It will be low resolution, but it will give you a good idea of placement, and, in books, will show you how 2 pages will look next to each other.  "Preview" can help you along the way as you make your book, too.  Just check it periodically.

I have always offered to preview my clients' projects as well.  Not just "preview" as I've defined above, but actually go through a project page by page to proofread, look for any errors in placement, check to make sure text is readable, double check to see that all photos are high quality, etc.  I am, of course, human, but I do a fairly good job proofreading, and I'm happy to do it.  My goal as a consultant is for my clients to have an AMAZING experience with Heritage Makers like I have.  So I'm happy to help!!

Over the years, I have previewed/proofed a thank you gift for a lucky piano teacher, adorable playing cards, sweet anniversary books, vacation books, and much more.  I honestly feel blessed to get a peek into the special and amazing things people are doing with Heritage Makers.  And it makes me happy.  I am now, though, at the happy point in my business where it's actually taking a lot of my time.  I love it!  But I also have come to the realization that I need to be more careful and more wise with my time.

I am supposed to charge a $25/hour consultant fee beyond the initial getting-a-client-going work that I do.  I've never done that, except in the case of actually making a book or other project for someone, but I feel it's time for me to do that with previewing/proofing now.  For proofing, I will also accept publishing points instead of "cash" (check) if you prefer (since transferring points is so easy).  Effective March 1, 2013, the fee schedule for previewing/proofing will be:
  • First two projects FREE!!!   I WANT to preview all my clients' first two projects to make sure they are the best they can be!  I want your experience with Heritage Makers to be fantastic!
  • Anything single-sided, double-sided, 4 pages/surfaces or less (such as cards, posters, canvases, business cards, tri-fold brochures, etc.):  $2 or 2 publishing points
  • Playing cards and anything 5-14 pages (such as individual scrapbook pages):  $6 or 6 publishing points
  • Anything 15-21 pages (such as magazines, calendars, booklets, hardbound or softbound books, including flipbooks and swatchbooks since their 10 pages are double-sided):  $18 or 18 publishing points
  • Anything 22-30 pages:  $27 or 27 publishing points
  • Anything 31-40 pages:  $36 or 36 publishing points
  • Anything 41-50 pages:  $45 or 45 publishing points
  • Anything 51-99 pages:  $60 or 60 publishing points
I, in no way, intend to discourage clients from asking for previews!!  I intend for this fee schedule to be fair to those asking for previews and fair to me as the consultant in the time I give a client.  I really enjoy the previews, and I hope they will continue!