Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 10, Issue 26

Subject: Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 10, Issue 26
From: "Brad Whittington" <brad -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 10:38:21 -0500


As a newbie to tech writing and freelancing this year, I picked up a
copy of Peter Kent's book "Technical Writer's Freelancing Guide." It
has a great discussion of how to move from employee to using the
agencies to contracting on your own to consulting. It seems to be
relevant even though the book was released in 1992.

Since then I have noticed that his book "Making Money in Technical
Writing" seems to be a newer release of the same material (1997) with
two chapters added for writing for the web. I think they're both out
of print, but both can be had on Amazon for a few dollars plus

By the way, I had a question, emailed Peter and he answered in a day
or two. Seemed to be a nice guy, too.

Good luck,

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "James Barrow" <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 06:08:05 -0700
Subject: Obtaining contracts
As a contractor, I have obtained several jobs with well known companies.
All of these jobs were obtained through sites like Dice and, subsequently,
through a recruiter.

As an aside, most of the ads on Dice do not state who the client company is.

The only downside to this being that when I negotiate my contract, I know
that the recruiter is getting a cut of the money that the client company is

Before I landed a job with a large company, I contacted them directly.
They're IT Hiring Manager acted as if I had peeked behind the curtain to
look at the great Oz. She insisted that I go through a recruiter.

How do tech writers find and submit themselves to companies/contracts

- Jim

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