Am I Off the Wall?????

Subject: Am I Off the Wall?????
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 20:54:38 -0400

Hi All,

All joking aside, I bid on a project (details listed below). Based on
the fact that I would be responsible for research as well as writing, I
told the bidder I could do this in probably 4 hours per page of work,
possibly less. I gave a top bid based on 280 hours of work. It seems
they want 70 pages of writing done, and do not want to pay more than
$250. Even if, by some miracle I could get 70 pages written in 100
hours, I don't think I could do the project for $250.

Now here is the killer, I cannot figure this out: He wrote back and
asked why my bid was so high? Of 5 people bidding for the project, 4
gave a bid for less than $250.

Could any of you do the project as listed below for $250? I checked, all
the bidders are based in the US, Cananda, or Australia. I don't <seem>
to be bidding against overseas contractors here.

Have I missed something?

Or is it just Friday and I have missed something!!!



*Description: * *Project Description*:
Complete guide to all necessary basic requirements all car owners should
know and follow. To be written in simple easy to read format for all
reader audiences. To include all the simple basics from how to put fuel
in the car, how to check tire pressure, check oil and fluid levels, etc.
Will provide outline for all topics to be covered, want writer to
research for accuracy of content and we will also proofread for
accuracy. Will intially want to use this book in e-book format and may
at a later date use in print version.

*Target Audience*:
car owners

*Document Length*:
approximately 65-75 pages

*I need the following*:
Editing, Proofreading, Research, Writing

*I will provide the following to the professional*:
Concept, Outline

*The professional must provide the following*:
Draft, Research, Supporting Text

*Desired File Format*:
e format

*Project Start Date*:

*Project Completion Date*:

*I want to receive project drafts via*:
CD/DVD/Optical Media, Server Upload


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