Dimitri Sirenko
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Once in a while i get messages asking if I would be interested in working on projects and help out with artwork. In an ideal situation it would be nice to get replies back. If you ask me a question and I take my time to write you an in-depth reply, the smallest professional thing that you can do is update me by replying back. Just be truthful, if you think the rates are too high, or if your project is not actually ready for artwork it is a courteous manner to just let the artist know so that you don't leave him/her hanging. We are all busy i get that, but if you engaged a conversation with an artist and he replied to you in a timely and professional manner, no less is expected of you. If you behave professionally, even if you notify the artist that you decided to go with another person for the project needs, it will be a good gesture that will resonate well around the community.

Anyway thats my two cents in terms of how to be more professional when approaching professionals
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I agree. My pet peeve is when I send someone a work-related e-mail and they don't respond. It takes just a few seconds to write something like, "I'm buried with work this week. Will respond on Monday." Or something like that. I answer every e-mail I get at work within 24 hours (95% of the time, I answer within minutes and 99% of the time I answer by the end of the day, even if it's just to say that I will get back to them with more details later). Just common courtesy.
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You're asking for common courtesy which is sadly not common. Best of luck!
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stormseeker75 wrote:
You're asking for common courtesy which is sadly not common. Best of luck!


haa! that salmost quote worthy
 
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Common sense is equally rare.
 
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My wife is a photographer and she could write the exact same plea.

Not only is it common courtesy, the feedback is very helpful to her.

Providing constructive criticism (even it it is "you charge too much") is not rude. Leaving artists hanging is.
 
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joe_salamone wrote:
I agree. My pet peeve is when I send someone a work-related e-mail and they don't respond. It takes just a few seconds to write something like, "I'm buried with work this week. Will respond on Monday." Or something like that. I answer every e-mail I get at work within 24 hours (95% of the time, I answer within minutes and 99% of the time I answer by the end of the day, even if it's just to say that I will get back to them with more details later). Just common courtesy.


I've set up an auto reply on my work email so I'm always "getting back" to the client/potential client immediately, but checking it on a super regular basis is also a great way to get distracted, so here's what my auto-reply says:

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Hello! Thanks for your message!

I've implemented a new way of working to be more productive on your games.

I now check my emails only on weekdays at 11:30am and 4:30pm (CST / -5 GMT). This allows for concentrated creative hours, where I get into a state of flow and the work gets undivided attention. I will get back to you as soon as I can. If this is urgent, please contact me via skype or phone.


Thanks, and have a fun day!

Peter Wocken

[full time freelance game graphic design]

www.BoardGame.design / tel: XXX.XXX.XXXX

skype: peter.wocken / twitter: @PeterWocken

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I've found that the system works out pretty well, and it's nice from a FT freelancer standpoint to not always need to check my emails. What's normally a time sink for me is requests for quotes, so depending on my current work load, I generally follow up with a "I'm currently really busy but I'll try to get you a quote within the next week or two."

Have a fun day!

–Peter

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Good idea, Peter!
 
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