Hello Cool Designer People, I am new on this forum. I am a freelance GD with 28 years experience in-house and freelance – mostly small print jobs and brand identity. I have just been asked to quote a 200 page book design for a historical neighborhood non-profit group. I have never done anything large on my own and I am probably freaking myself out more than I need to be. I once worked on large coffee table book with a team at Sony Studios and that was about 16 years ago.
The request: “Full-color, high quality, 200 pages, probably 400+ photos, possibly 20,000 words of text, and depending on pricing-soft cover maybe hardcover? We have a neighbor who is an architectural photographer and a historical researcher on board. Size-wise 9x12 and timeframe November 2020. We hope to sell as a fundraiser during the next home tour. We are a 501c3 and we are all volunteering our time.”
I am looking for advice on how to quote this, questions I should ask before quoting, etc. My initial thought is to account for an average of 1 hour per page with the possibility some pages that may take longer and some much less. I am sure file organization is going to be a bit tedious and I hope the photographer is well organized. I know one questions I have is, will the photographer be doing all the color correcting before submitting images to me and will they manage the press checks. I know very little about hard cover and book jacket design and will have to do some research in that area. Also contract advice would be greatly appreciated too.
I welcome any advice anyone has to offer who has experience in a large undertaking such as this.