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If you do not believe that crossword compilers do something close to journalism, try solving one of the more imaginative cryptic crosswords when the setter is in a topical mood...
Those who commission crosswords need to know that there is an enormous difference between the cryptic and the quick variety. Consider these two clues:
Setting clues of the first - cryptic - kind so that they are entertaining, challenging but (just) doable by the target audience takes much longer than simple definitions. Rates should be at least twice those for a quick crossword grid of the same size.
Compiling a themed crossword - for example one in which a significant proportion of the answers relate to a client's business or to a special occasion - takes considerably longer again.
Though software is now available to help create the grids and fill in the "lights" or solutions, it cannot help with clue-writing and is not much assistance with creative theming.
These are some things to remember when negotiating rates for crosswords. And please send us your accounts of successful negotiations.
We would much appreciate hearing from compilers of more rates actually paid. Two tow a Yukon hod (3, 4, 4, 2, 2).
Cryptic clues using anagrams, abbreviations, hidden words and so on take much longer to create than simple definition-type clues.
Add at least a 50 per cent surcharge for themed crosswords.
|Magazines - category: A: large-circulation and glossy mags|
|15x15 squares and under||240.00|
|Over 15x15 squares||300.00|
|Magazines - category: B: smaller consumer mags|
|Over 15x15 squares||210.00|
|15x15 squares and under||130.00|
|Magazines - category: C: larger trade and trade union mags|
|15x15 squares and under||134.00|
|Over 15x15 squares||214.00|
|Magazines - category: D: smaller mags|
|Over 15x15 squares||140.00|
|15x15 squares and under||125.00|
|National newspapers -|
|Extra large (eg 21x21 squares)||500.00|
|15x15 squares and under||160.00|
|Over 15x15 squares||210.00|
|Public relations - category: High budget|
|15x15 squares and under||215.00|
|Public relations - category: Low budget|
|15x15 squares and under||140.00|
|Regional newspapers -|
|15x15 squares and under||100.00|
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