[NUJ.LFB] NUJ Rate for the Job: Words, other / books

Updated: 2019-02-19

These rates have been reported by members of the National Union of Journalists and others, and printed in the Freelance, newsletter of London Freelance Branch. They are sorted by publisher/publication, then by date (most recent first). TIP: Use the "Find in page" command under your browser's "Edit" or "Search" menu to be sure of finding all occurrences of a publication/publisher. AND do note the year in which the rate was reported! See also the Freelance Fees Guide, which gives general recommendations. And read the disclaimer and the key to exactly what the entries mean.

Words, other / books

Words whose primary purpose is to appear in a book. We'll worry about how to tabulate royalty deals when you send some.

* Tell us what you've been paid for Words, other / books * Freelance Fees Guide
Publication / Programme - details & terms Group Year currency Total paid GR
1001 Horrid Facts writing (compiling) book of 1001 facts on specified topics all rights _Quantum 2006 GBP 3000.00 GR
1001 Things to Do Before You Die three 300-word accounts (fee below for each) for hottest restaurants in Greece, photos optional, each (all rights) _Quarto 2013 GBP 30.00 XX
Best Music Writing 2008 reuse of magazine feature non-exclusive, one use 2008 USD 250.00
Current Law Statutes writing up the annotations to a new statute with introductory chapter of 50,000 words. , all rights _Thomson 2008 GBP 250.00 XXX
National Geographic 400 words for glossy travel book 2009 GBP 40.00
Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography posthumous short biogs, starting at 600 words (more paid for more words) _OUP 2013 GBP 100.00
Puzzle Books Writing an entire puzzle book or contributing to puzzle books as a joint author All rights of reproduction to Carlton - Basically, you have to give up all rights to your work and they constantly republish the puzzles. under other title names - even under _Carlton 2004 GBP 7000.00 GR XXXX
Rough Guide two months in France _Pearson 1998 GBP 2000.00 X
Time Out Guides updating 32-page chapter of guidebook _TOut 2005 GBP 500.00 X
Time Out Guides update sports chapter _TOut 2008 GBP 200.00
A rock book 5000 word mag feature reproduced in book single use 2013 GBP 500.00 O
AC/DC and Queen rock biog (Voyageur Books, US) update chapters, add 1500-2000 words 2014 USD 1000.00
Book chapter (Routledge) 500-3000 words - offer of zero turned down _Informa 2013 GBP 0.00 XX^9
Book for young readers 3000 words, royalty advance _NI 2016 GBP 850.00 XX
Book, specialist leisure 35,000 words plus pre-production support Straight fee, no royalties, all rights (DIDN'T ACCEPT!) 2002 GBP 3000.00 XXXX
Campaigners book children's nonfiction publishers - planning contents, writing text, checking proofs all rights _Hach 2007 GBP 1800.00 GR
Carlton Books: History of Music synopsis for 192-page book + 3 presentation spreads 2017 GBP 150.00 XXX
Chicago Review Press reuse in book of 1986 Joni Mitchell feature licensed for this book only 2017 USD 400.00
Children's book Children's book, local history - text and 20 photos including hi res cover image, all rights 2011 GBP 500.00 XXXX
Children's book novelty format 32pp all rights assigned _Quarto 2004 GBP 2700.00
Children's nonfiction book planning contents, writing text, picture list, one picture meeting, captions and proof checking, approx 20,000 words all rights _Quarto 2007 GBP 3500.00 GR
Custom novel 85,000-word novel for private individual 2012 GBP 1300.00 ??
Easyjet Destination Guides 620 words on destination - listings places to go etc. no expenses - they encourage you to ask for free meals at establishments to be listed! _Ink 2006 EUR 110.00 XXXX
Education books plan and write 4 books lesson plans / experiments / photocopiable sheets 4 books, each 152 pages all rights 2007 GBP 6000.00
Education CD-Rom proofing & re-editing CD-Rom for schools, per hour 2007 GBP 26.00
Education CD-Rom (OUP) commissioning and editing school book texts, per hour _OUP 2007 GBP 25.00 X
Educational books proofreading and re-editing school book texts, per hour _Pearson 2007 GBP 18.00 GR XX
Focus Guide Book 112 pages editorial, c500 words per page, plus flat-planning. offer refused world rights, non-exclusive after 6 months _Future 2005 GBP 3500.00 XX
Franklin Watts Books 48-page children's book , all rights _Hach 2009 GBP 1800.00 X
HarperCollins Education - two 250pp teacher's guides copy-edit 500pp of technical subject teacher's guide in 4 days for a set fee (job declined!) _NI 2013 GBP 400.00 XXXX
Industry-specific Guide Book (How to...) researching and writing 50,000 word book, including about 20 original interviews, about 4 weeks full time and 4 months part time. - exclusive license for 5 years, then copyright reverts to author 2018 GBP 5000.00
Macmillan / Film 4 Books 1000 x 100 word film reviews for Film Four Guide to Film exclusive rights over the work _Holtzb 2001 GBP 5000.00 XX
Medicine & Health Science books Writing 7 * 200 word sections, briefing artist on each all rights 2015 GBP 140.00 XX
Need2Know books writing non fiction book 20,000 words royalties @ 10% _FP 2010 GBP 500.00 X
Nirvana rock biog reproduce transcript of interview from 1993 2014 GBP 250.00
Nursing textbook 5000 word chapter plus podcasts , terms not even discussed - rejected the job! 2008 GBP 50.00 XXXX
Oxford University Press Blackstone Series Writing 450-page book on fraud law for police: no fee, promise 5% royalty - maximum income will be £1000 and all rights assigned _OUP 2008 GBP 0.00 X
Pen and Sword publishers researching and writing a 50,000 word book 2008 GBP 750.00 X
Penguin nonfiction writing, per day: "they keep changing the spec" so it's working out at less than _PRH 2018 GBP 100.00 XXX
Popular science book research and write book of amazing science facts for children all rights 2007 GBP 3000.00 GR XXX
Queen biography (the band) 25,000 words , book + 20% to go on web 2009 USD 12000.00
Salairya 8000-word book chapter with illust. 1999 GBP 1500.00 X
Schoolbooks for Macmillan Africa 7 books of 48pp _Holtzb 2006 GBP 3500.00 O
Sports books 24,000 words on premiership football teams, pic research, pre-productions support included all rights 2010 GBP 2000.00 XXXX
Time Out guidebook updating short chapter - 3000 words _TOut 2008 GBP 300.00
Two humorous books (Chrysalis) 48pp each all rights assigned 2004 GBP 3000.00 X
Updating career resources Small Publishing company: research, updating text, checking websites, replacing some material 35 hours 2014 GBP 600.00
Updating career resources Small Publishing company: research, updating text, checking websites, replacing some material 35 hours 2014 GBP 600.00
Wayland books plan and write Key Stage 2 book, 32 pages _Hach 2007 GBP 850.00 XX
Key to the rates, by column:
1 Publication / Programme, any details of work and licence
2 Owner at the time the rate was reported, where knownGroup
3 The year in which the rate was reportedYear
4 Currency: either GBP or EUR or (US) USDcurrency
5 Amount paid (total of basic licence and extra licences for web use, database resale...) Amount
7 "Going Rate" according to experienced NUJ members - do try to better it:  GR
or Minimum rate set out in NUJ House Agreement:  HA
8 Underpaid, in the fallible opinion of the Freelance editor:GBP50.00X
or Just sometimes we're pleasantly surprised:EUR1500.00O

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