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Dear Prospective Client,
Please be aware that if you choose to work with me, I have a 30-day policy. Simply stated, if 30 days pass without client response to a deliverable, then the contract in place will be voided. At the time the client responds with the desire to resume work, a new contract will be issued with revised terms and the previous balance applied.
Please consider that your writing project is scheduled along with other clients and their writing projects. To be late on your deliverables potentially affects the timeline of others. Rather than start a chain of delayed tasks in the project, we will stop and press restart.
At the beginning of our relationship, there is paperwork I give you to complete. I call it the client profile form. There is a great benefit in carefully looking at calendar dates so that the client has a realistic idea of available time to work. When we restart your project, another deposit will be paid by the client and the deliverable due dates revisited.
We plan well to write well!
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When we decide to commit to a writing project, let’s be realistic about our timelines.
With each client, I have to make a major sales pitch about timelines. The client says he will write something daily. She says she will work through the night. They say they are motivated to finish quickly.
But, the writing project is not about a quick finish.
Timelines are not just about getting the writing done, but they include the following:
- Birthdays and anniversaries
- Holy days (especially if you are in ministry or leadership in the local church)
- Vacation and travel days
- Rest days
- Research days
- Paydays (hey, budgets matter!)
Every day is not a writing day in the timeline of a project. We have to be available for real-life engagement — family, work, school, entrepreneurship, and so on. I call these days blackout dates on the calendar. When a client takes an honest look at the calendar, then he knows realistically the available time to give to the writing project.
Please, make your life and your consultant’s life easier and take a thorough look at the timeline.