Professional etiquette :)

So I wanted to post a little about the above.

I know I am a writer. I’ve had some very good successes this last year. Which I’ve been very pleased with.

But I’ve found that even these successes come with a different tag.

I’ve always been a reader. I used to get request after request to look over people’s work. Which I did, and yes, it took up a lot of my time.

In any sense time is money. This last year, I haven’t had as much time at all. With writing for Best Friends, and then having very sick fish.

So my time has been even more important to me.

I’ve had two very different experiences today. (Bar the hangover)

The first, I was contacted by a random person… I’d never had a message an email or even a chat with. Directing me to a website and his script.

I’m still a nice person, I like to help others. So, I went over for a nosey.

It was an instant put off. The website okayish, but the work, not so good. I like to think I am nice most of the time. But this guy had a price tag on his script of 1 million dollars. For a 32 page script. I couldn’t help but point out that his price tag was the very top end of the pay scale for any writer (even an established one)

He quickly retracted the 1 mill and asked for 200k.

Yikes, not any sort of way to conduct business.

So the second encounter was a slightly different shock.

Again contacted by someone I’d never met, wrote too or spoken too.

The difference was he ‘actually’ asked did I have time to talk.

That one tiny question made all the difference. : )

I do believe in some professional etiquette, I’d never dream of asking a pro writer or producer to look over my work without building a relationship first. Better to be asked to submit work, than to hound someone that you don’t know and put them off for life.

The article ‘no I won’t read your f’in script’ is one of the most truthful pieces written. See Casey’s message below for the link… Thanks Casey. 🙂

What do you think?