Getting good directions
January 24, 2011 2:01 PM Subscribe
Freelancers: help me help my clients with communication.
posted by bryon to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I’m a freelance writer and editor. I’ve got a new client in a field I know nothing about. They are aware of this deficiency, but I’m one of the very few freelancers in the area, and we’re glad to have found each other. The problem is in understanding what these nice people want me to write for their newsletters. I’m given a list of topics … and that’s it.
When I was in newspapers, I would chat with my reporters about what the story was about, some of the primary sources to talk to, what kind of length I wanted, and all that good stuff. I’ve seen a form used in some newsrooms to ensure that the editor and the reporter have the same understanding of the assignment.
Without giving my client this sort of paperwork to fill out, and without coming across as someone who has to have his hand held, how can I help them to understand that I need a great deal more direction than what I’m being given? What do you do to get a complete picture of the job?
Thanks for your help.