In this issue:
Interview with a freelance technical writer-- Beverley Stevens
Interview with a freelance writer-- Beverley Stevens (http://www.writerfind.com/documentsbydesign)
In this interview, Beverely Stevens, a full-time freelance technical writer and Writerfind subscriber, describes how she finds work,and her most interesting
and challenging experiences as a freelancer. She also offers tips for those who are just starting out on a career in freelance writing.
Why did you take up freelance technical writing as a career?
It was a gradual transition from IT support and training, which happened because writing was a natural aptitude.
Describe the kinds of work do you do as a technical writer.
Develop user guides for software (and less often online help).
Develop business process and procedure manuals.
Design and develop templates for reports, proposals and other business documents.
Design forms in MS Word.
Describe the methods you use to find work?
Listed on Writerfind since it started and listed in the Yellow Pages print and online versions. Both have links to my website.
I am also listed with recruitment agencies and occasionally respond to their advertisements in newspapers or online.
From your experience, what has been the most effective method for finding
Unsolicited referrals - word-of-mouth referrals, including people moving from one company to another and introducing the new company as a client when a
need for professional documentation arises.
Describe one of the most interesting experiences you have had in your career
as a freelance technical writer?
Being asked to meet a prospective client in a temporary-looking office in a residential house in a run-down area; running companies office checks to find the
client was a bankrupt; and later reading in the newspaper that there were quality problems with the training courses the business was running.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced?
Because the workload is variable and unpredictable - anywhere from zero to overwork - the challenges are (a) relaxing and enjoying the quiet times without
worrying or actively looking for work and (b) juggling assignments and managing the workload when there is a lot on.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to someone who is
just starting out as a freelance technical writer?
The key to ongoing success is to meet clients expectations that you will deliver quality work at the price you quoted:
- To quote accurately, you need to know how long it takes you to do different types of job, start keeping records and analysing your work rate on every job.
- To provide a professional service and protect yourself and your clients, always have a written agreement that clearly outlines the services, deliverables,
resources required, timeline, approach, your quote (estimate or fixed price) and the assumptions on which the price is based.
Work currently posted on our public job board,
User Friendly Resources, a New Zealand based educational resource company is seeking resource proposals from experienced teachers in Australia, New Zealand
and the U.K
(Posted to job board, 3 April. Location Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.)
If you are a writer with a great sense of humor and can write a compelling novel based upon a true story (this will involve additional research)please
contact me ASAP.
(Posted to job board, 27 March. Location Southern California.)
I am looking for motoring writer and journalist for my automotive magazine in Malaysia.
(Posted to job board, 27 March. Location anywhere.)
Looking for freelancers from India,Delhi or Noida having an experience in website content writing for IT/software industry.
( Posted to job board, 22 March. Location: India.)
I am looking for a ghostwriter to write an ebook on the european overseas property market.
(Posted to job board, 22 March. Location anywhere.)
Looking for a writer who has an interest in business, preferably the property market.
(Posted to job board, 21 March. Location: New Zealand.)
EDITOR (Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
(Posted to job board, 21 March.)
We are looking for Article writers for our website
(Posted to job board, 20 March. Location anywhere.)
We are looking for an experienced asia pacific journalist who is based in Asia.
(Posted to job board, 8 March. Location Asia.)
We're a new travel project and we are looking for people to write city guides and articles about UK and European cities.
(Posted to job board, 6 March.)
Find out about new work for journalists and editors around the world and swap contacts.
(Posted to job board, 3 March. Location anywhere.)
We are seeking an editor with advanced Microsoft Word skills, to join our small and dynamic team responsible for publishing our range of commercial products,
which includes human resources, accounting, and business compliance titles.
(Posted to job board, 3 March. Location Wellington New Zealand.)
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Last updated 1 May 2006 NZST