I'm a voice-over artist, and this is the end of a conversation I had recently with a prospective client about the first audiobook in a series of short stories.
Client: In terms of pricing, your site says "$X per 50 words." How does that work exactly?
Me: Correct! For this project, base rates would be per 50 words of the script, as we agreed upon earlier.
Client: Per 50 words? and do I have to count small words like "a", "the", or "in," or do you only count long words?
Me: Correct, all words in the script would be totaled.
Me: Yes, it's the way rates are calculated based on size.
Client: Those are barely even words!
Me: To be fair, it takes the same amount of time to say the words "in" or "the" as it does to say "scream" or "strength". It's just a way to price your project.
Client: I'm willing to pay $5-10
Me: The script you attached is nearly 10,000 words.
Client: Way less if you don't count the small words.
Me: Best of luck!