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I get lots of contacts requiring Books to be typed. There is a process that is involved in typing these books and I would like to tell you what that is.


All authors have deadlines. Something the authors do not always do is check with the typist, whether they can reach this deadline or if there is a way that the author can help the typist, reach the deadline.

Typing and formatting:

The author just finishes the book and contacts a typist for typing and formatting, without considering, the time it actually takes to do this, and how much work actually goes into this.

Typing and formatting do not take a week or two, as some authors want it done by, it takes a few weeks, with MANY HOURS of typing. Books are long and even small books take more than two weeks, but when they have to be done in this small two week window, working from eight in the morning until five or so on a night, during the week mean nothing. The typist then has to get up even earlier to the typing, at say, seven in the morning till six/seven, sometimes even eight/nine on a night and add in the same time on weekends, just to get the book typed. Formatting then takes a day or two, as the typist has to ensure all the typing on all pages is exactly as the author wants it with all the formatting done exactly as they want it. All of this is a lot of labour and a lot of time with rates being almost nothing.

Typing the book takes time. As you type the time goes by. Formatting also takes quite a lot of time and time unfortunately is not free.


Authors want low rates, the problem with low rates is, time, sitting and actually typing the book takes time, uses electricity etc. Your computer runs on electricity or battery and that gets used.

Authors unfortunately do not want to pay more than R10 per page (this is lower than the lowest rate in the country for domestic workers), but to a typist that is not worth it for the hours that are spent/time typing (eight to twelve hours a day).

Authors want the book typed in a short amount of time, while the typist is paid almost nothing for the hours done to complete the book.Books image


I proof read every word, this takes time (from a few hours to a few days depending on size of the book). I proof as I go and then at the end do another more thorough proof read – making sure every word is correct and every sentence is the same as the authors book.

You cannot give back work that has not been proof read and leave it to the client to do this. If a book goes to print or publish without proofreading that is an unprofessional job done by the typist and the Author and both look bad and their reputations are at risk.

We are running businesses and the aim of every business is to make a profit, you cannot do a job whereby you make no profit and the job makes you run at a loss, it is unacceptable, no business runs this way.

A book will sell at a high rate and one book sale should cover the cost of the typing of the book, and you would never just sell one book, you would sell many as that is your aim, otherwise why write a book.

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