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Writing freelance design project proposals suck swamp water

I mean, like how tepid can business-speak really get:
Dear Sir or Madam:

Thank you for the opportunity to submit my proposal for your book cover design project. Enclosed please find all information relative to my skills and experience, as well as a plan for project implementation, cost, and time estimates.

In reviewing your project description, I was excited to learn that you are seeking a freelance designer to help you with the book cover designs. In addition to my ten years of design experience, I also have published and designed a few books with small publishers. Please view samples to get a feel for how I may be able to help you.

If selected for the project, I would like to begin with a meeting to discuss the creative direction and book cover copy generated to date. From there, I would like to map out a strategy suited to our dual efforts that will illustrate each phase of the project through its completion.

Given your desire to create a quality book cover designs suitable for publication, I submit a proposed cost estimate of $___.__ (Based on a recent cover designed for a local publication. The time needed to complete this project was 6 hours and the final cost was $___.__. While I am not aware of the full scope of your needs regarding graphics and illustrations, I hope this example gives you an idea of my pricing and time estimates.) and a time frame to completion of a month.

For the proposed cost, I will provide you with a 48-hour turnaround on up to three revisions. In addition, I propose that we utilize __________'s Escrow and Mediation and Arbitration services to protect our mutual investment.

Please feel free to contact me by telephone at (___) ___-____ or by email at _____@_____.com. I look forward to speaking with you about this exciting project.


Coffeehouse Junkie
I'm surprised anyone gets design gigs using this kind of formal business writing. Face-to-face meetings, hand-shakes and general review of portfolio and discussion of project objectives is my preferred new business strategy.

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