Providing peer review support for a client over the past couple of weeks. On day one, I checked with the account manager: “Is there any limit on the length of our answers? It doesn’t specify one in the ITT…”
“This came up in the bidders’ conference. There is. It’s 2,000 words.” A good day of critiquing rough-cut first drafts followed, and we kicked the material back to the contributors with encouraging comments as to how they could sharpen their answers.
I made the account manager call the client, just to double check. He turned ashen-faced.
“It’s not 2,000 words. It’s 2,000 characters.”
“Excuse me writing you a long letter: I didn’t have time to write you a short one.” Indeed…