Freelance Commission Info!

Heyo! So, someone mentioned I should write up some general guidelines on commissioning work of various kinds, and I’ve just recently finished a couple freelance projects, so it seems like a good time to get on that (it was always a good time to get on that). I do anime writing and freelance work full time now, so I’m always available for projects, be they editing/proofreading/reviewing of your own work or aiming me at some show/film I haven’t seen and saying Go. Hey waddayaknow, here’s a nice comment from someone whose book I just finished critiquing:

Nick’s comments on my novel ranged from large structural suggestions to tiny writing pointers, and he has a knack for articulating how the issues affect the reader experience. His observations challenged decisions I’d taken for granted, changed the way I thought about my characters, and laid the groundwork for some very substantial improvements. If you’re in the market for honest, professional proofreading, Nick’s your guy!”

ANYWAY. I’m very available for that kind of work, and will normally charge around $250-300 for a full set of notes and final writeup on a novel (depending on the length/density of the book, of course), with smaller projects shrinking in cost appropriately. I work via the standard half beforehand, half at the end deal (like all good criminals), and generally only actually charge anything once I’m into the text and have a pretty clear idea of how long the whole project will take. But commissions aren’t exclusive to writing stuff – I’m also perfectly happy to let you guys dictate what shows I watch and write about. For commissioning writeups of existing shows or movies, I’ve broken down what I can afford time-wise, and it comes out to:

$75 per episode if you want actual writeups on each of them, and not just notes or whatnot.

$90 per three episodes for just notes, which I take naturally as I watch.

$450 for a whole 1-cours season of notes plus a writeup of some kind (likely a review-shaped piece, since I can actually produce those reliably regardless of my feelings on the work, but this can always be discussed).

$150 for a movie plus notes plus writeup.

Here’s info on more potential purchases.

If you can think of anything else you’d like me to do for money, I’d be happy to negotiate! I’ll also be looking to integrate some of this with Patreon, as well as set up ways people can contribute smaller amounts towards a larger communal request (like through this page!). I feel like I’m getting into the swing of freelance work at this point, and am excited to see whatever else you all might want to throw at me! You can contact me with any requests at nicreamer42 at gmail dot com. LET’S WRITE SOME STUFF.

Kyoukai no Kanata

17 thoughts on “Freelance Commission Info!

  1. Heh, I guess I’ll just have to wait until you decide to watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes on your own… (110 episodes!)

  2. So, if we wanted you to review, say, Hyouka or Penguindrum, how much would that be? And is it possible to (forgetting the word here)… to buy it as a group?
    I mean, sure, if necessary, I’ll she’ll out a couple hundred, but this would be much easier if everyone who wants to see you do it could pile on money together.

    • Crowd-funding a Nick review’s a great idea. I’d be willing to chip in a little cash if it were structured that way, but can’t afford to throw down for a whole show by myself.

      Maybe we could set up a running list of “viewers choice” shows with cash commitments next to them? Could rank them by the current cash commitment for easy tracking.

    • I want to know what you’d think of Brotherhood, but I don’t care too much about Brotherhood (I think it’s good though).

      Getting enough money to make you watch Death Note though…

    • Hyouka or Penguindrum would cost a couple hundred more than a series half their length, since, y’know. And yeah, I’ll be working to make communal systems available ASAP.

    • It would almost entirely depend on the length of the VN, but if the length is similar to a book, I imagine the rates would be similar (or maybe a bit less, since I wouldn’t be looking to critique from the perspective of someone trying to help a writer improve).

  3. I see now, your Evil Plan of not watching good anime longer than 24 episodes has all culminated in this… Truly, a master stroke.

    All the shows I’ll want you to watch might be slightly beyond my price range, though. Might have to see what happens with the crowd-funding payment thing when you get that figured out. Unless I can pay with installments of rounds of alcohol instead?

    • I’ll try to get the crowd stuff figured out fast, then! And sorry, I will not be swayed by liquor THIS time.

  4. I feel like this is a bit too much, as well as the fee per episode. I do have great confidence in your writing but not this much. Have you considered doing a system where all your patreon’s chip in voting every week and/or month on which piece should be prioritized next?

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