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MystBunny

Hmm.. Story commissions?

I've been approached about doing a story commission, and the idea was so yummy, I decided to accept. The initial offer was rather generous, and I decided to lower it to 10 up front, and 15 upon completion for a total of $25. If this test goes well, I'm considering officially opening some story commission slots. I'm not sure how many I would open up. I don't want to get overwhelmed, but this seems a rather nice way to raise some more money for commissions of my own.

So question: Is $25 too much for a story commission?
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Added: 5 years, 9 months ago
 
TheBigKahuna
5 years, 9 months ago
How long of a story?
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
I'm not sure how long it's going to be.
Catwheezle
5 years, 9 months ago
Depends on the number of words.

$25 is, by professional writing standards, insanely low. A journalist would, at $1/word, churn out a whole 25 words for you for that price.

But this is the furry fandom. You charge what the market will bear, and the fandom seems to pay about 1-3% of what professionals would pay, to the beginning artists. $25 feels about right to get, as an absolute maximum, a 2500-word (10 page) short story. That's 1 cent per word, though, and I feel you should draw the line there.

$25 should probably only get maybe about half of that length, really.

I'd recommend Googling "cents per word" and reading the various articles and arguments.
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
Hmm, well it'll be difficult to guage just how long a story is going to be before I write it, and I want to be able to give a quote beforehand and stick to it if at all possible.
Catwheezle
5 years, 9 months ago
I have the same trouble with length :D The characters just take on a life of their own and a quick note becomes a multi-chapter epic! Or a really great story falls flat and finishes itself after a page.

It depends, I suppose, whether you are writing for the love of it, and because it's fun to fap to the situations your poor characters find themselves in... or whether you are writing to support yourself.

I am the former, not because I wouldn't love the money, but just because I have NO control over my muse, and if I try to write to order, what comes out is a cardboard story :(

If you are writing for the love of it, then you might want to be quite restrictive about the stories you would take on, and only write those that tickle your muse, as the one you speak of seems to have :D
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
The thought crossed my mind to charge one rate for stories involving things I normally write, and maybe raising it half again for stories featuring boring vanilla stuff. Just did a word count on most of my stories and it seems I average about 5000 to 6000 words, so that's a start for an estimate if I wanna go with a simple price-per-word thing.
King30
5 years, 9 months ago
In MY OPINION, it depends on the length and epicosity (that's a word) of the story. If it's really good work (which you do) and a decent enough length, then most likely not. Try to find a happy medium that suits the tastes of everyone. If this works out for you, then I'd better do it too. Prepare for potential competition!
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
Hehe I don't think we'll be competing much considering my typical content
King30
5 years, 9 months ago
You'd most likely have way more popularity though and your writing is good. I need to figure out what I can do to get my writing to your level.
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
No, what I meant was that our content might be too different to call it competition, because someone could go to you for one thing and me for another.
King30
5 years, 9 months ago
I know I was only joking. I'm bad at jokes sometimes (all the time). But you definitely do great work. I wish you the best of luck in your commissions as well. :D
MystBunny
5 years, 9 months ago
Oh, ok thankies ^_^
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