Re: Two Professional Questions

Subject: Re: Two Professional Questions
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 11:20:54 -0700

If I consider someone "a good friend," I don't charge. If the friend
insists on providing "fair compensation," I'll say, "the next X times we go
out to lunch, you're buying," and let the scope of the work determine the
value for X (for the project you've described, one good, sit-down lunch at a
non-fastfood establishment would do it for me). I define "a good friend" as
someone who would do the same for me if the situation was reversed.

No tool is inherently superior to another; everything depends on the
application. The first question you should be asking is whether FrameMaker
really would be superior to Word for your particular situation. If you're a
FM user and can't immediately think of reasons why it would be significantly
better than Word for the work you're doing now, odds are that it probably
wouldn't be.

Gene Kim-Eng

On Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM, Roberta Hennessey wrote:

> 1. A friend has asked me to edit and rewrite a 200-page biography of a
> family member. From the posts I have read so far, the recommendations are
> to
> charge by the hour. I wonder what other members would feel is a fair rate.
> This is a good friend and I want to charge a fair but modest rate. Does
> anyone have any recommendations?
> 2. I am on a contract job and using Word to document an application. My
> manager has asked to outline the benefits of going with FrameMaker instead
> of Word. I have a draft in Word and my idea is to show a mock up of a
> FrameMaker document to visually display the quality difference.
> My question is, does anyone know of a website or blog that specifically
> shows Frame's superiority? I have found a few but nothing with a strong
> compare/contrast. I just thought someone might have found an informative
> blog.

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