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I think the answer to this dilemma is to be a consultant, not a writer.
Think up a suitable adjective (Documentation Consultant? Editorial
Consultant?) and insist that writing per se is incidental (it is), and the
real skills are in several other critical areas. I was able to bill
$1000/day as a proposal specialist in this manner some years ago.
Herman Holtz [holtz -at- paltech -dot- com] Marketing consultant, general and
technical writing services. Author 60+ books, including best-
selling How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant (John Wiley).
PO Box 1731, Wheaton, MD 20915. 301-649-2499; fax: 301-649-5745