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Stan wrote:

Just to make sure I’m doing the math right, so if these new decks have 54 cards, are these the rough prices?:

*Background Card-type decks* — 1$/card * 54 = $54 per deck

*Location-type decks* (using existing templates, where you illustrate the diagram from a sketch) — 1.5$/card + 2$/diagram = (1.5+2)*54 = $189 per deck

*Develop a new card template* = 10 to 30$

Damien wrote:

To give you some insight into the “card pack” technique that I used for the location decks: Each pack is 6 cards. I settled on that number because 54 is neatly divisible by 6, resulting in a total of 9 “packs” to be assigned for each deck.

Background-type cards have around 75 words at the higher end. That translates to $1.50 for the writing, and another $1.50 for the editing. You’d be paying out $9 per pack to each of us, though I imagine you’d probably want to round that up to $10 just to make everything neat and even.

Location-type cards aim for about 120 words, which is $2.50 for writing, $2.50 for editing, and approximately $1.70 for the sketch. That makes it $25 per pack to the writer, and $15 per pack to myself.

So after doing all the crunchy mathy calculations (and assuming you agree with the pricing), it looks like all the combined writing, editing, and layout will run you a total of:

$234 per background-style deck
$594 per location-style deck


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