You need documentation and are thinking about working with a technical writing team. But how will that fit into your budget? While each project is different, there are common variables that affect that calculation.
Our main considerations for cost are:
While we can start from scratch and create content ourselves, most of our projects begin with content provided by the client. This could mean we compile information from different sources, such as notes and emails, or that we work from a draft you provide. We could also update a previously published document. Here are some additional considerations when looking at source material:
Many people are involved in a technical writing project. Our work often depends on the availability of your team members and how much time they plan to spend with a document. We consider:
Most of our projects go through two draft cycles, but we can do fewer or more depending on your needs. The standard draft process looks something like this:
While our team will always have an eye for excellence, we can edit to different standards based on how much you would like the document to change. That level can include:
We can engage with graphics in your document in various capacities, from inserting images you provide, to creating and editing them ourselves.
Our two main questions are:
The document could include:
All of these could be provided or edited by Shea or the client
When it comes time for the publication, we can be involved to differing extents. Our pricing considerations for this step are:
We work with your audience in mind. The editing process differs based on your authors and your readers. Do they have the same skill set and knowledge base? Many of our projects require us to mediate between the SME, who has a detailed knowledge of your processes, and the user, who is familiar with only the basics. We can bridge the gap and scale the reading level accordingly.
Please keep in mind that, while our writers and editors are experienced, we are not subject matter experts. Complex content may require more involvement from your SMEs to make sure we’re as accurate as possible
We know the project’s deadline is at the forefront of your concerns. We want to ensure that everyone involved can do their best work while also being mindful of time. The pace at which your team plans to work is a considerable factor for us. While we prefer that pace to be consistent and steady, we understand that it could be intermittent, or even rushed. If that is the case:
Now that you have an idea of what to consider, please contact us! We’re eager to discuss details and get started.