A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about putting together a proposal.
That was just the beginning of the roller coaster ride. The rest of it went like this …
UP: You know that first part of the coaster, where the motors pull you upward? And you’re filled with anticipation, excitement, and a little bit of dread? Writing and sending the proposal was like that.
DOWN: Getting a response to your proposal is like that first downward plunge. The longer it takes, the more that uncomfortable sensation of falling grows. In this case, it was a short drop: I received a response just a day later. But, the response was not what I was hoping for.
“The monthly dollar amount is more than I would like to spend.”
Hmmm. In this case, there was an existing project I would be taking over, plus he wanted a whole bunch of additional content. I did ask him if there was a budget or a number to meet for this project; he had told me “No.” Now I discovered the real story: he didn’t want to spend a dime more than he was already paying.
That would have been the end of the ride (more like one of those freefall rides than a roller coaster, I suppose); the existing project fee was simply too low to cover all that additional, time-consuming work. But, luckily, I had friends.