Re: Freelancing Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Freelancing Technical Writing
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 23:07:06 -0400

As writers, albeit technical writers, we routinely create intellectual property. Often, that property belongs to the client as a result of our work contract, but occasionally that valuable asset belongs to us. A format and technique for a documentation plan, a quote document in response to a proposal, or a detailed project schedule could all be considered intellectual property assets that the authors can use to increase their value in the marketplace.

Even our strategies for cover letter writing, salary negotiation, marketing, finding freelance work, and dealing with other people could be significant advantages for getting and keeping work, particularly in a competitive area of the industry.

Many professionals are quite willing to share their knowledge to help you learn, but please understand that there may be a reluctance to share certain kinds of knowledge in an open forum, or even with someone we don't know.

There are a number of freelancer sites such as, and similar ones that exist to help you connect with freelance writing opportunities. The techwr-l archives have other suggestions about using such services.

iam nobody88 wrote:

I totally agree with Paul on this. A lot of us worked really hard to get where we are, and technical writing is not exactly an industry that is easy to penetrate.
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Subject: Re: Freelancing Technical Writing
That is an interesting question. The problem with it is that those who know
the answer to this question are likely using these connections themselves to
gain employment. Any of our freelance writers aren't likely to tell you who
their clients are; it's not really good to help the competition, if you know
what I mean.
Beth Agnew
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Professor, Technical Communication
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Toronto, ON 416.491.5050 x3133


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