How much will it cost?
Good question. As you can imagine, the answer is "it depends".
There are many, many factors that affect the final price of a technical manual. Some of these factors include:
- Type and complexity of manual
- Intended audience
- Illustrations required
So until we learn more about your project it's pretty difficult to come up with even a "rough estimate" cost.
How does the process work?
To get started, we typically create a rough outline for the project and, with input from the client, establish an estimated page count. Once the client is satisfied with the estimated page count, Allard's management calculates the labor required from the technical writers, editors, and illustrators to create the manual. The labor requirement is combined with any necessary travel, software, printing, and shipping costs required and based on this information we determine a price.
What's your hourly rate?
Allard doesn't normally work on an hourly basis. We prefer to provide a firm, fixed-price quote for your project. Each project typically involves one or more writers, illustrators, editors, and managers, and each has a different "hourly rate". If you have a compelling reason to hire us to work on an hourly basis, we will definitely listen and consider your project.
What sort of software do you use?
Over 90% of our work is accomplished using Adobe FrameMaker. Graphics are generally created using Adobe Illustrator. For customers that employ a 3D modeling software such as SolidWorks, we can import your model and use a specialized technical illustration software to create our illustrations directly from your model.
How long will it take?
Much like the price, schedule is dependent on many factors. We will do our best to meet your schedule within the limitations of our resources. One factor that often impacts our schedules is customer reviews. You can help us deliver the final manual on a timely basis if you review drafts and return any revisions promptly.
What about travel?
Typically our quote will include the cost of one or two trips to a client's facilities for collection of source data, in-process reviews, etc.
What does it take to get started?
Usually our clients issue a standard purchase order. If you prefer, we have a standard client agreement to use instead.