Many times, I receive an enquiry by email with two questions at the heart of them:
Are you free on xx/xx?
How much do you charge?
Very often I don't want to quote a fee because the person will simply list all the numbers and pick a low one. I also don't feel email is the right place to expound about my virtues because it is difficult to do in an email and one's personality can never come across in the format. I invite the person to call me or allow me to call them at a cionvenient time. However, very often, when I don't quote a fee, I never hear from them again.
I feel that if someone is after a fee as the most important thing, without knowing much about the performer and what they have to offer, then I am not going to get the job anyway. They are probably after a cheap magician.
How do you deal with emails that simply want you to quote a price?