I was going to delete this spam comment (which I’ve received twice now) without remark—
Author: Francisco Quia-ot
Hire our employee for only $590/month (6 days/week/8:00 am – 5:00 pm).
Welcome at datastyling.com
Having an appealing and eye catching book cover design and a book interior design that is consistent with the cover will really make a difference in the success and marketability of your book. We look forward to hearing from you and creating a beautiful book cover and/or interior for you.
Please email(firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
—but then I thought, Wait, maybe this company actually exists.
It does. They’re in the Philippines, and they seem to be completely serious, despite being unable to use prepositions or distinguish potential clients from potential competitors. Here’s their full price list:
SERVICES – BOOK INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN
Full-time Data Entry Operator $590/month (6 days/week/8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Full-time Typesetter $590/month (6 days/week/8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Interior Design ( 300 pages) $30/book
Custom Interior Design ( 300 pages) $60/book
Data Entry $1/>1000 chars
Other Services $4/hour
The “about” page is earnest:
DATASTYLING main office is located in Metro Manila, Philippines. With over 4 years of publishing experience, DATASTYLING is committed to the publication of high quality books for authors and publishers. DATASTYLING started with basic data encoding and data entry, and later found our niche in desktop publishing.
DATASTYLING offers years of experience [four!] to provide high-level typesetting with fast response time and competitive rates. DATASTYLING main objective is to help authors and publishers to exceed their expectations every step of the way, and to become a long-term partner, who truly believes and fosters these types of relationships with many of our clients.
and includes some handy tips on preparing your job for design and typesetting. They’ve also posted lots of work samples, including one in your favorite typeface and mine, Papyrus:
But what’s my favorite thing about them? At the bottom of every page on their website, it says, “Alright Reserved.” Well, okay, if you insist.
Meanwhile, last week I bid on a design + typesetting job for a small press, at what I know to be a very reasonable rate—it was based on expense records I made when I was managing editor at a financially challenged small press myself, four years and a nontrivial amount of inflation ago—and was rejected (albeit nicely) in favor of someone “who will work within the smaller budget for this project.” I’m totally fine with that.
Maybe next time I’m asked to design or typeset something, I’ll reduce my rates just enough to get the job, hire Datastyling to do the actual work, and then pocket the difference. I’d make a mint.