RE: Samples vs. Portfolio

Subject: RE: Samples vs. Portfolio
From: <WilliamFLawrence -at- eaton -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 10:17:27 -0400

I ran into this when I was trying to hire writers to help document a
software application created for the military. All of the contractors
that I interviewed couldn't show me any samples. It was maddening. I
ended up hiring some local folks with no military contract experience
because I just couldn't bring myself to hire writers without seeing
their work.

Karen: I think you're on the right track in creating something that you
can show. In addition to writing a manual about your silent auction
software, you could do a couple of other things:

1) Volunteer to create some documentation for an open source
application. This is pro bono work, but is certainly something you can

2) O'Reilly Publishing has a series of short (50 to 75 pages) ebooks
called "Short Cuts." The deal with these is that you get a percentage
of sales via download. You might not make any money at writing one of
these, but then again, you might. I've done a couple of these for them.
Take a look at the set of titles on their site and then send them a
proposal or two for something you might like to write about. These are
not only something you show, but have the added luster of having the
O'Reilly logo attached.




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