This simple sentence is a great and concise summary of necessary information. When you query, be sure to include the stats of your manuscript (genre, target audience, word count, etc.) and any relevant comparative titles—with a caveat: Be sure to highlight a comp title only if it helps the agent get an accurate picture of the style of your story and if it doesn’t smack of delusions of grandeur. Claiming you’re “James Patterson meets Dan Brown” is useless. Dianna’s comparison here was quite apt and, again, made her seem savvy—and realistic.
The cost of a project is usually based on the estimated number of hours a writer or other freelancer will work. Sometimes the project cost is a range (such as $1,200-$1,500) and includes a maximum amount the client will pay. Other projects, especially those that are less concrete in nature, are open-ended, meaning the freelancer will be paid a specified hourly rate for every hour he/she works. Be sure to include any other expenses, such as mileage or long-distance phone costs, that the client will pay in addition to the freelancer's fee.