Freelance Writing Jobs, October 28, 2010

Quote of the Day:

The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.

–Ross Macdonald

Publisher’s Notes:

Have a great day!

Suzanne Franco

More tomorrow. Have a good day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne

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Freelance Writing Jobs – September 10, 2008

Quote of the Day: To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed.

–Joan Didion

Publisher’s Notes:

There’s a few responses today to Anne’s question from yesterday.

First is Marion’s:

“In answer to Anne’s bleak query, I take the time–foolish of me, I know—to respond by telling the advertisers they have a typo in their ad, and the pay rate is off by a quantum factor. I sometimes get an answer that yes, there was a mistake. Other answers vary from How dare you? We have thousands of people delighted to remove a kidney and left eye as well as write for a whole dollar, etc. I do think anything below $.10 a word is an error. There is no one in this country who could stand up to that regimen for that little. And the “article” would be nothing at all.

I think it important to tell each verminous advertiser that we are no less than plumbers or electricians or sanitation or dentists in that we have rents and expenses, and our experience counts too. I often use a back figure of $20/hr for babysitters in NYC (true) and $40/hr for illiterate and unschooled and unskilled and inexperienced cleaning persons (also true).
Some people are abashed and say “Wow, I had no idea; thanks for the heads-up.”

We are responsible for our livelihoods (sigh).”

Phoenix is next:

“The story with these web article writing jobs is to steer clear of almost all of them if you are serious about writing for a living. I have been a professional writer for twelve years and watched the emergence of these web writing jobs. I even worked for a few, had my own blogs, wrote for other blogs, contributed to numerous e-zine, websites, start-up sites and on it goes.

The best e-job I was one post a day that I pushed to $10 in payment per post. It took me 30 minutes a day to create each post. That does not actually translate to much if you have business overheads.

If a client wants 20 articles written in five days, at 500 words each and they only pay one measly dollar per article – yes it is a joke – of the most insulting kind. For us. For them they are getting some very inexperienced person who may not realize they are being ripped off.

These are not writing jobs but a type of exploitation. And yes I agree that ‘who ever agrees to write 500 words for a dollar is bringing down the pay for all freelance writers’. If no-one wrote for this type of pay, the payment would go up for web writing.”

And Danny:

“In response to Anne’s question of the day about $1 articles, unfortunately it’s the likes of GetAFreelancer.com that have introduced this market. Take a look on their “freelance website” and you’ll see hundreds of these jobs – I don’t even know how they can advertise themselves as a freelancer’s site with the ridiculous projects on there.

Also, the proliferation of writers from India for whom a dollar is a decent amount of money means these projects will always be around. And, like Anne says, they’re usually just for filler content so quality isn’t too big an issue, which is why many of them are re-spun time and time again.

True clients know if you want quality content, you have to pay quality rates.”

Thanks Marion, Phoenix, and Danny!

More tomorrow. Have a good day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne

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Freelance Writing Jobs – September 9, 2008

Quote of the Day: Nobody can be successful unless he loves his work.

–David Sarnoff

Publisher’s Notes:

Good morning. Anne poses a question today:

“Okay folks,

I’m sure most of you have more experience as freelancers, so I’ll ask this esteemed community my question: What is the story with these web article writing jobs?

I am finding jobs where the client wants 20 articles written in five days, at 500 words each, and they only pay one measly dollar per article. Is this a joke? I can’t even type 500 words for a dollar, much less compose something grammatical and that will sell for the client.

I understand these articles are supposed to add content to websites and increase traffic by stacking keywords, thereby moving the page up in a Google search. But who does these articles? I think who ever agrees to write 500 words for a dollar is bringing down the pay for all freelance writers.

So what do you think? Is there some secret trick to writing a 500 word article for a dollar?”

Thanks Anne!

Send your responses to contact@freelancedaily.net to be posted here.

That’s all for today. Have a good day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

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Freelance Writing Jobs – September 8, 2008

Quote of the Day: The more you have thought and written on a given theme, the more you can still write. Thought breeds thought. It grows under your hands.

–Henry David Thoreau

Publisher’s Notes:

Good morning!

Today in the “Straight-Up” section, you will find an exclusive listing sent by Allison, a faithful subscriber, and by that, I assure you the listing is not only legit, but you’ll be in touch with a worthwhile personality.

And as always, if you have any musings on writing, quotes, recommended website links, or anything else writing-related, send your finds to contact@freelancedaily.net and I’ll post them here.

Have a great day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

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Freelance Writing Jobs – September 5, 2008

Quote of the Day: Don’t fake enthusiasms. Say what you think, not what you think you ought to think.

–Darcy O’Brien

Publisher’s Notes:

We’re barely into September and yet last night, I went to Wal-Mart to shop for a few things, and found Halloween candy already taking up one aisle. Time really has gone fast this year like, well, every year.

And while I can’t be sure as my memory of last Halloween is fuzzy, I saw different kinds of candy corn on display, apple one of the flavors among many that you wouldn’t expect to find in candy corn. I guess they’re really trying to appeal to a large percentage of Halloween candy consumers, which I think would be hard because if one hasn’t liked candy corn for years, what would make them really turn back to it? Perhaps chocolate, which I also saw. I’m reminded of the wise theory that says anything goes well with chocolate. They may be right. I’ll have to try those ones.

But you know, I half-expect to go to sleep soon and wake up in a few hours, finding egg nog in my fridge. No matter what, I’m still amazed at the speed of time, which seems to get worse year by year, but we do what we can with what we’ve got. That’s always important to remember.

Well, I think that’s enough of that, especially since we’ve got two days ahead that we forever wish could be slowed down to a speed in which every moment could be properly savored, preferably three or a thousand times over. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope you are too. So have a terrific weekend, and don’t forget to do a few things for yourself. Right now, on Amazon.com, curious about an author I came upon amidst a slew of writing quotes, I just discovered that there’s a whole line of “New York Review Books Classics,” featuring authors I’ve never heard of, but the stories within those book sound incredibly fascinating. I think I’m going to have to take a few minutes to see about all these books. Find moments like that for yourself too, no matter if it’s gardening, reading, whatever you like to do.

Oh, before I sign off for the weekend, one more thing: I’m not sure if they have them at every Wal-Mart yet, and maybe they do, but I saw in the Men’s section that they’ve got a Snoopy t-shirt. Very cute, and a lot of Snoopys are on there, from him being Joe Cool, to being yowled at by the neighbor cat (where we see the back of him launched into the air), to typing the novel that never seems to go past “It was a dark and stormy night,” and many more. Yeah, I bought one. It’s impossible to resist Snoopy.

Ok, that’s definitely everything now. Let the weekend begin and let us rejoice with the loudest shouts of approval that can be heard all the way on the International Space Station.

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

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Freelance Writing Jobs – September 4, 2008

Quote of the Day: It is almost always a greater pleasure to come across a semicolon than a period. The period tells you that that is that; if you didn’t get all the meaning you wanted or expected, anyway you got all the writer intended to parcel out and now you have to move along. But with a semicolon there you get a pleasant little feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on; it will get clearer.

–Lewis Thomas

Publisher’s Notes:

Nothing new to report today. Have a great day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

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Freelance Writing Jobs – June 19, 2008

Quote of the Day: There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.–Christopher Morley

Publisher’s Notes:Good morning. Two notes today, first from Ilanna about EBSCO: “This is to confirm that my experience with EBSCO has now been positive as well.”Thanks Ilana. That’s wonderful to know!

And next is Letty, seeking unusual questions:

“I know that most of you count on good ol’ Letty for insights to romance and relationships, however, this time I need your questions. Not intimate ones.
I need to know anything that you want the answer to; oddball type stuff, things that boggle you or just tidbits that you’ve always wondered about.

Here is why I so desperately need you input: I am part of a writer’s think-tank of sorts, compiling answers to some of the weird, wacky and out-of-the-ordinary stuff that people wonder about for a series of books.

PLEASE, send me some questions.

Ask around the office,

Play a game with it at Happy Hour,

Use it to break the ice with the hot new temp in accounting.

I don’t care what methods you use, I need questions pronto.

I know I can count on you, the way you count on me to give you the best damn advice money can buy, even though you guys and gals get it for free.

So again, please, please, please, send me some questions.

Here are some examples:

Can you drink pee?

Where did the term, everything is hunky-dory come from?

What is the number-one, worst, most offensive odor?

Is a dog’s mouth really cleaner than mine?

Where does the term “’til the cows come home” come from?

Why do people love o watch car wrecks?

Thanks in advance, and really, this can be fun, ask around and send me all he questions you hear.

You can reply right here or email me at help@letlettyhelp.com.”

Thanks Letty!

That’s everything for today. Have a good day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

P.S. We posted 41 new freelance job leads today – if you don’t have a subscription to our daily job source newsletter get your free trial today http://www.freelancedaily.net

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Freelance Writing Jobs – June 18, 2008

Quote of the Day: Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.–Francis BaconPublisher’s Notes:Two responses today in response to the possibly suspect job listing that Letty mentioned. The first is from Eric:“Letty was absolutely correct to urge caution. But if an ad appeals, you sometimes have to trust your instincts. I saw a “blind” ad in Freelance Daily over a year ago that screamed SCAM. A gmail address promising riches writing for a “top consulting firm.” I wrote, revealing little except my credentials. Went through two cycles of curiously mysterious blinded e-mails. Ending up with one of the most profitable ongoing freelance gigs I’ve ever encountered with what turned out to actually be a top-tier consulting firm. The editorial director had used a blind lead to screen out the dozens? hundreds? Of responses he feared had he used the company name in the first ad. So the writer’s correct – caveat lector – but don’t always dismiss out of hand. (p.s. – I also found a fantastic, mint condition bike for my daughter for $3 at a yard sale last weekend – Life is good!)”
The second is from Faye:
“I have worked with Westside Media Group through a publicist. Many of them use their personal email addresses. He’s right about the crazy politics there! It’s a very prestigious group to write for and they are quite persnickety about the fact that articles must be related to the “West Side” and be upscale, edgey, etc. Don’t let the aol address deter my fellow freelancers from applying if they have something that fits their criteria. Still, as in most papers, they don’t pay well. It’s just a fact of the newspaper industry.”

Thanks Eric and Faye!

That’s all for today. Have a good day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

P.S. We posted 41 new freelance job leads today – if you don’t have a subscription to our daily job source newsletter get your free trial today http://www.freelancedaily.net

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Freelance Writing Jobs – June 17, 2008

Quote of the Day: We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.–Anais Nin

 

Publisher’s Notes:

Good morning! First up today is Letty, about a job listing in yesterday’s newsletter:“My “spidey senses” were atingle when I read this post. Namely because it flaunts a big publication heading and the contact email is to a personal AOL address. This does not jibe with what a BIG name publication would do. I don’t have enough evidence for a warrant but circumstantial evidence has been enough to hang many a perp.
(Can you tell I’ve been catching up on my Law & Order episodes?)

Here is the posting:

Great, Imaginative Writers Wanted to Shake Things Up – Contract (Comp: Send per-word or per-article rate) (Westside, Los Angeles)
WestsideMediaGuy@aol.com : http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/wri/721135282.html
17-year-old Westside Today (formerly Brentwood Media Group) publishes six monthly community newsmagazines across the Westside (Beverly Hills 90210, Bel-Air View, Brentwood News, Santa Monica Sun, Palisades 90272 and Malibu Beach). We have 55,000 circulation, mostly home delivered. You can find us at www.WestsideToday.com. We are in a growth mode, we just upgraded our format and will soon add circulation. We seek to upgrade our journalism so as to make this a “must read” publication. Each month we’d like to run 2-3 “blockbuster” stories that people will actually read — and talk about. We reach a very influential audience; stories you write might actually make a difference. This is not a staff position, we want to work with freelancers in order to obtain these stories. If you had a full-time job with us, you’d get caught up in the day-to-day drama and we really want you to keep your brain fresh. That said, if you become one of our regular contributors, and later a job opens, you’d be at the head of the line. Almost all our full-timers start as freelancers. We invite you to THINK BIG and submit five or ten story ideas you’d like to write for us. The stories could be investigative, informative, entertaining, great interviews, business-oriented, celebrity-driven, whatever you like. The ideas could be serious, fun, historical, forward-looking — anything at all. All we ask is that your ideas be interesting, compelling, real grabbers. Knowledge of the Westside, its history, its issues and its people is a big plus. Send your story ideas and a few brief paragraphs about yourself telling us why you’re wonderful. Tell us also what you would expect to earn, on a per-word or per article basis. These articles will likely be in the 800 – 1500 words range, plus photos. Please don’t worry that we are somehow trying to “steal” your ideas. We’re too busy. If your ideas are great and you can write, you get to do them (and we’ll be thrilled). We do insist that you follow all rules of journalism (fairness, accuracy, balance, proper spelling, AP Style, facts all checked and sourced, quotes are correct, etc.). Stretch a little, have some fun with this. Send a note telling us a little about your background along with your best ideas to: WestsideMediaGuy@aol.com. We look forward to hearing from you.”

Thanks Letty!

Kerri has information on the author featured on her blog this week:

“Today, on KC’s Writers Blog, I have Lorna Collier, a Chicago-area based journalist and author. Lorna talks about her book, “Tilli’s Story: My Thoughts are Free,” a book about a young East German girl’s experiences living under first Hitler and then Stalin, before escaping to freedom by herself at age 16 in the bottom of a potato wagon. The book shows what life is like when lived under totalitarian regimes and demonstrates the value of freedom.

Sounds like a great story, right? It is, but Lorna also talks about the mounds of publisher rejections that piled up before the two decided to self-publish. Traditional publishers rely heavily on their research data of how much a book will sell – but sometimes its wrong.

Now the book has sold over 5,000 copies and the authors still hope a traditional publisher will pick it up.

Read and learn from Lorna’s interview, ask her a question in the comments section before 5 p.m. today and you just might get drawn to have your question answered on the front page of the blog on Thursday – and you will also pick up a great summer read in the form of a free copy of “Tilli’s Story!” www.kcwrite4u.blogspot.com”

Thanks Kerri!

That’s it for today. Have a good day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

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Freelance Writing Jobs – June 16, 2008

Quote of the Day: Although I usually think I know what I’m going to be writing about, what I’m going to say, most of the time it doesn’t happen that way at all. At some point I get misled down a garden path, I get surprised by an idea that I hadn’t anticipated getting, which is a little bit like being in a laboratory.

–Lewis Thomas

Publisher’s Notes:Good morning everyone! Hope your weekend was fruitful.

This week, as with last week and in weeks to come during the rest of the summer, send in whatever you’d like. Send in any writing-related questions. Send any stories you might have about any recent writing sessions you had that were inspirational, or even troublesome. Send any remarks that may be inspired by the quote of the day. Anything you have in mind, send it in and I’ll post it here.

Have a great day!

*SmiLes* Suzanne Franco

P.S. We posted 58 new freelance job leads today – if you don’t have a subscription to our daily job source newsletter get your free trial today http://www.freelancedaily.net

 

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