Re: Tired of giving out technical advice for free

Subject: Re: Tired of giving out technical advice for free
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 15:42:10 -0600

How 'bout:

"I'm so glad you liked the piece I published. Wouldn't you like to hire me as a consultant so I could answer your question while also feeding my family?"

With those types you have to be blunt, otherwise they take full advantage of you.

My 2 cents!

Jo Byrd

Emily Berk wrote:

When I became a consultant, I also took up freelance writing of articles for technical magazines.

But, looking back after 20 years of writing for peanuts for magazines, I realize that I have not once found paid employment as a result of an article I've written. I do, however, continue to get lots and lots of calls and emails asking for additional information that did not appear in the articles.

Just today there's such an inquiry in my Inbox.

<snip>

He does not offer me any recompense for the work he is asking me to do.

Can you suggest some polite way for me to reply by saying, "I'm so glad you liked the piece I published. Wouldn't you like to hire me as a consultant so I could feel good about answering your question while also feeding my family?"





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Tired of giving out technical advice for free: From: Emily Berk

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