Why I reject clients

Why I reject clients

Sometimes, if you come to me with a job to do, I say no — even if the money is good. There are two basic reasons for this: bad jobs and bad clients. Bad clients As a freelancer, I’m under no obligation to work with any individual client. I can say “no” just because I…

On retainer: the economics of retainers for editors and other professionals
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On retainer: the economics of retainers for editors and other professionals

I usually charge people by the project. But for some ongoing relationships, I charge a monthly retainer. While this arrangement is good for freelancers, clients need to think carefully about whether it’s appropriate for them. How a retainer arrangement works Here’s the mechanics of a retainer arrangement, or at the least the kind that I’ve…

“You really should charge for this,” said the tech bro
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“You really should charge for this,” said the tech bro

So, I’m lined up to do a consultation with this guy from Silicon Valley. He’s very well connected there, so he tells me. This is a pretty typical session for me — a 30-minute discussion of needs and publishing alternatives with an aspiring author. I typically do three of these a week. And they’re free…