How much should I charge for illustrating a textbook

  • SVS OG

    Hi, everyone. I've received an offer from an educational company here in Asia to make illustrations for their upcoming textbook. They gave their rates which vary based on the complexity of each piece. If you ask me, their rates are good. However, I'm still new to this business and any money is good money for me. I'm just glad to be paid.

    So, should I try to negotiate the rates? Should try to wiggle it higher? I'm afraid if I try to have it raised, I'll lose the client. Are there any standard rates for these type of projects? Do you know of any strategies to turn the odds in my favor? Any suggestions?

    I would love to know your thoughts on this. Thank you so much.

  • @nyrryl-cadiz Is this your first work of this magnitude? Is it at, above or below your normal rate? If it is already good rate AND you fear losing it by asking for a higher rate...accept it! Guaranteed published work at a good pay rate. You could always ask for more on the next project. Good rate and published work to add to your resume. Sounds like a "win in win"!


  • SVS OG

    @art-dud Hi! thank you for responding. Yes, this is my first time working on an assignment this big and yes, their rates really are higher than what I'm used to. I guess you're absolutely right. I'll do it! Thanks, again.

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