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A note from Jane

Last week I treated a client badly.

He was someone Id consulted with before, who was now returning for help with a book proposal. Was I available? Could I quote him?

Indeed, send the draft when ready, I wrote him.

What I didn’t say: I was winding down my consulting and not eager to take on another project. But I have trouble saying no to established clients.

When his document appeared in my inbox a week later, I realized I’d been hoping that it would never arrive. That was not a false hope; many clients don’t follow through, for various reasons, or they work with someone else.

But now I had to grapple with the problem I’d created for myself. Based on earlier conversations, I knew this would likely be a time-intensive project, not a breezy spin through a Word doc. I was overcommitted and had been saying no to things I wanted to do. Why was I saying yes to this?

I made a snap decision to drop the project while sitting in the kitchen at my laptop, on a weekend, not long after I saw the document come through. I shot off a message saying I couldn’t take on the project, sorry. It was the briefest email you can imagine.

When I get stressed, I dispatch emails of even greater brevity than usual, the kind that hurt people’s feelings. Unfortunately, I was not sitting in my office, where I have a big sticky note that commands me to "Answer Tomorrow."

The client was—no surprise—distressed and thought he’d done something wrong. Of course he had only done exactly what I’d told him to do. By the time I slowed down to explain why I couldn’t help him, the damage was done.

I’ve reached these low points before, and I keep trying to reform my ways. Over the last 18 months, I’ve drawn back on client work, precisely to avoid overwhelm or short-changing clients. But now I’ve decided to close entirely.

I may open again in the future, but I’ve long wanted to serve a greater number of writers through each hour of my work, especially those of limited means. This changes my business model, but I feel ready.

Jane

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Here are some of the latest things I’ve discovered. (I have not been paid to mention any of these resources.)
How to easily create a great-looking sign-up page (that can also include a payment form)
Many moons ago in this newsletter, I suggested Carrd as an easy, no-code website builder. It remains a great solution for quick, one-page sites (free!), but recently I saw Dan Oshinsky suggest Carrd as an efficient way to create a slick sign-up page for your email newsletter, an event landing page, or a dedicated page for a book or product. That’s because Carrd integrates with email service providers, payment providers, and Zapier.

I never thought of these use cases before, and it’s brilliant. It does mean paying a modest fee ($19/year) for the integrations.
Need freelancer insurance?
Earlier this year I discovered Dinghy, which is business insurance for freelancers that is affordable, easy to understand, and—even, surprisingly—a pleasure to purchase. It doesn’t require getting on a phone call or going through a long application process.

Even better, Authors Guild recently announced a new partnership with Dinghy to allow members to purchase media liability insurance tailored specifically to the needs of freelance writers. But anyone can obtain Dinghy coverage.
The top rated TV and movies available to stream, based on ratings from across the web
As soon as you land on the homepage for Flick Metrix, you’ll see the default "best movie" available to stream right now is Seven Samurai (on Netflix). I changed the criteria to: all streaming services, TV and movies released after 2010, with an average rating of 90. The top selection I had never seen or heard about was Kota Factory, an Indian Hindi-language web series. It’s now on my watchlist. You can narrow the search by genre and many other criteria.
What you learn about your writing by seeing only the punctuation
This web tool lets you "spy your hidden literary style." The results are peculiar and eye-catching; below is an example from an article I recently wrote. Here’s a discussion of the tool.
punctuation artwork
 
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Your turn: Twitter management
In the last issue, I asked you to tell me your favorite tools for managing Twitter. Apparently not many of you are using such tools! I have one response, from Bob Mueller:

  • If you’re late to the idea of Twitter Lists or just want to manage them more effectively than the native Twitter interface allows, check out Twitter List Manager. You can easily bulk add or delete users to lists; you can also manage the lists themselves. It’s got a neat, simple, relatively intuitive interface, it’s free/donationware, and is the best such interface I’ve found.

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