Quoting a user manual

Subject: Quoting a user manual
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 17:20:25 -0400

Hi all,

I charge an hourly rate. I've been wooing a client for many months and am
finally close to getting what I hope to be my first of many assignments.
Although I've created many user manuals, I have never had to provide a
project estimate before.

They project their motherboard user manual will be approximately 50 pages,
with me being handed an InDesign file as its basic structure. No problem.

I may have hands on access to a physical unit while I create the manual
innards. I may have to make one trip by car to the client's site, which is
but a few hours away through the country (read: likely a pleasant road

The deadline for completion is Oct. 27.

Beyond complete specs and ready access to a SME, what other info should I
ask for before providing an overall project estimate? What would you guess
that estimate to be?

Chris Morton
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