OT: TW Contract Limbo

Subject: OT: TW Contract Limbo
From: PBW <pbw3172 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 11:46:32 -0800 (PST)

This is the first time I have written to the
Techwr-L list, but I read all of the threads that
come through everyday. I also posted a copy of this
to another list so if you receive this twice, please
excuse me. I would like to ask your opinion on
handling a contract technical writing position.

I have been a W-2 contract Technical Writer with a
client for over two years now. My company came to me
recently with an opportunity to start a contract with
a new client that is everything I would like to do:
web design, technical writing, editing, project
management, etc. My company has assured me that they
are able to keep all parties happy and make this a
smooth transition. This position will also increase
career goals and objectives.

I have grown out of my current position and do not
want to burn any bridges. My contract expires here in
June 2000. The new position will require me to start
the first of March.

How do you handle leaving a contract before it is
actually over with or is this totally unethical? This
is my first and only contract job, and I have not had
the experience of negotiating or changing during a
contract before.

I would like to leave gracefully and on good terms,
but I also do not want to pass up an 'opportunity of a

Any advice is appreciated online or off!

pbw3172 -at- yahoo -dot- com

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