Re: Am I Off the Wall?????

Subject: Re: Am I Off the Wall?????
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 18:23:43 -0700

This is laughable. A dollar per page to might be OK for a quick edit, but
that's about it. Original content, with research? No way.

You must be bidding against folks who are unemployed and fail to realize
that the hours they spend on this would be better suited to job
hunting. Your client can knock himself out; it's not worth any more of your
time except to let them know that when they want the thing redone because
the quality was non-existent, you'd be interested at the original rate you
quoted.

You may even tell them that there'll be a premium involved, unless they
agree to letting you start from scratch. Inheriting someone else's shoddy
work will only delay you, IMHO.

> Chris

On Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 5:54 PM, Deborah Hemstreet <
dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com> wrote:

> 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!!!
>
> Thanks!
>
> Deborah
>
>
> *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*:
> asap
>
> *Project Completion Date*:
> 8/17/2009
>
> *I want to receive project drafts via*:
> CD/DVD/Optical Media, Server Upload
>
>
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