Re: Tired of giving out technical advice for free - Giving, Receiving, Taking

Subject: Re: Tired of giving out technical advice for free - Giving, Receiving, Taking
From: Jacque Foreman <foremangraphics -at- juno -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:48:35 -0800

Hi All

I'm not a technical writer, but the occasion the post from Emily and the
answers brought to mind a subject I have thought about many times.. It is
not often that I post to the list; most of my postings go directly back
to the postee, so most of you do not know me.

As I see (read) it, the big subject of these posts is really GIVING,

Many of us (probably most if not all) of us reach out to others on this
list and some others who ask for help, either through the list or
privately. But those who ask and those who give have need to remember
that the giving is solely at the discretion of the giver. It is his/her
information, time, energy, expertise to give and not for others to take.

Those of us who ask must be ready to receive and accept the two-letter
word NO.

I am a graphic designer / typesetter. And one of the things I do quite
well is the redesign of what people do for themselves. But I may not
choose to do a complete redesign without an agreement to be paid for it.

Well, I'll climb off my soap box, after all it only lasts so long. That's
my 5c worth.

Happiness, joy & laughter to you all.

Jacque - Graphic Designer / Typesetter - Excellence by Design
since 1972 - Pen & Ink Renderings of homes & Bldgs. & portraits from
photos, Brochures, Ads, Flyers, Packaging, Business Forms, Manuscripts,
etc. - Amway Dealer - email: foremangraphics -at- juno -dot- com
Rendering Samples:

On Sun, 24 Feb 2002 13:09:27 -0800 Emily Berk <emily -at- armadillosoft -dot- com>
> When I became a consultant, I also took up freelance writing of
> articles for technical magazines. Although writing for magazines is
> not at all profitable, I thought that the exposure might help me get
> better-paid work and I enjoy calling up important folks in the
> industry and asking pointed questions.
> 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.
> TIA,
> --Emily, who is tightening her belt and battening down for this
> ongoing winter...

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