Category Archives: proposal writing

Document Trimming: Cramming Ten Pounds of Stuff into a Five-Pound Bag

Tech writers and editors are often asked to trim content from a document so that it meets a specific page count requirement. Depending on the amount of content you’re facing and the compression requirements, I’ve heard this task called, “Cramming … Continue reading

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Big Proposal Production vs. Small Proposals

This past week or two, I’ve been supporting two different proposal efforts: one is large, with multiple partners and lots of pages; the other is for a small business pursuing a single task order under an already-existing Broad Area Announcement … Continue reading

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Balancing Client Needs on Travel

Just because you’re on travel to support one client doesn’t mean you can put other clients on hold. I had this challenge recently, but the good news is that it’s resolvable with a little diplomacy and time management.

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Insights from “Writing Without Bulls#!+”

I’m recommending a book that could have offended me if I let it. A few weeks ago, I received a tweet from a consultant suggesting that he could help with my recently rejected book proposal. While I appreciated the offer, … Continue reading

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Proposal Style Sheets

The more proposals I do, the more I appreciate the need for a style sheet. These templates can do more than establish fonts, headings, spacing, captions, and body text styles. They can provide the proposal team with a list of … Continue reading

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