... be very ... those who ... able to ... Hi, Sorry, I ve not had much time this week to give this question a considered response and I m not sure I can addMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 3 7:26 AMView Source--- In Czechlist@egroups.com, "Kostas Zgafas" <kzgafas@t...> wrote:
> I wouldbe very
> interested in hearing from native English speakers, mostly fromthose who
> are based in the CR what they think about this issue. What is theirable to
> experiences with local agencies, with their own clients? Are they
> recommend us how to deal in trying to increase rates?Hi,
Sorry, I've not had much time this week to give this question a
considered response and I'm not sure I can add anything important that
has not been said already. No, I am not able to recommend any special
approach but I can tell you a little about my experience.
Some agencies will offer set rates and hope to stick to them. I don't
go along with that these days.
When they phone on Friday afternoon with that hint of desperation in
their voice, I will insist on a flexible approach to rates. On the
other hand, if I am offered an interesting job, say, with background
documentation in English, in a field I would like to get into more,
then some would shake their
heads sadly at just how low I am prepared to go. "Muzeme se operativne
dohodnout" is a
phrase I like to use as regards my fee and other matters.
On agencies in general here, I'd say they are sometimes useful and
often useless. I used
Skrivanek a couple of times in the past but found their staff
extremely rude and pushy
so I stopped. At least they _are_ prepared to bargain, though, as are
several others, e.g.
Voyage, ITC and Finlingua.
One of the big problems with agencies here, I find, is that in
telephone negotiations, the
staff often seem to have difficulty assessing the technical complexity
of a text, and their
ability to give an approximate idea of the number of standard pages
also leaves a lot to be
desired. So I rarely commit myself over the phone, unless they have
proved their reliability in the past.
Might be a good idea to set up an anonymous poll for us to give each
Prague agency a rating.
With clients, my overall motto is: "Poor planning on your part does
not mean an emergency
situation on my part". Everything _is_ negotiable except my beauty
sleep. Other than that - no comment.
--- In Czechlist@egroups.com, "Kostas Zgafas" <kzgafas@t...> wrote:
> I just wonder why I haven´t seen any message from Bob (Bobek) for a
> time. Is he OK?
> Does anyone know?
I contacted him a couple of weeks ago and he told me he had his hands
rather full at the moment. That's the way it goes with some
contributors - they disappear from view for a few months and then come
back when you least expect it.