Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How to turn down work... nicely

"Um, I can't go... I'm washing my cat that evening."

Ever heard that one? Ever used that one?

It's the kind of excuse some people keep handy in their hip pockets to use just in case they get asked out by someone... undesirable. It's a completely lame way to avoid a confrontation, to avoid hurting someone's feelings.

One day... maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but sooner than later...

You're going to want to turn down a writing gig. Maybe the client's unpleasant. Maybe the fee is too small. Maybe it's in a field you despise. Whatever the reason, you'll want to have something you can say as you say, "No thanks."

Here's a great little resource:

Sample Phrases to Politely Turn Down New Projects

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