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These same issues come up on the scientific illustration listserve I also belong to, and they're important to remember. If the intent is to make some income from these activities, then the overhead costs must also come into play. That being said, there are many counter- influences: perceived value by the prospective client, price differentials from work made in other countries where the wage base is (still) lower, the exquisite skill and artistry that makes each piece one-of-a-kind. And for some of us, the work is the reward in itself.

Having said all that, keeping bookbinding alive for future generations to appreciate will take as many or more of us than there already are! : ) IMO....

Thanks to all on this list,


On Mar 4, 2009, at 11:50 AM, Jim Cohen wrote:

In any event it is critical that overhead costs be considered in formulation of a price. This includes rent, utilities, insurance, advertising, wages of employees, benefits, etc. Don't sell yourself or your costs short.

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