Most of the content mills I have seen pay about three cents a word. Just saying…again, it trying to be rude or mean. I wish the best of luck to you! I too, am trying to get some writing gigs, and just starting out.
I have no idea where to even begin. With that said, I think constructive criticism is a good thing, that if we take need to, can help us out in the long run. If anyone has any constructive criticism or constructive advice for me, please comment. Hi Donna and others, The online writing lab at Purdue University has resources on the Chicago Manual of Style and the APA manual, as well as many articles related to English grammar usage that are user-friendly!
Just type owl purdue university in your fave search engine and it should appear as a result. I got a fairly good rating but not tops. Glad to have joined this particular thread and sooo thankful for the supportive content on here.
Smiles to all, David. And hopefully a movie. It is called Zombie Revelations and has the old with a real touch of reality. I hope it can save some writers from going through the penny-a-word phase too many of us went through at one point! I would add staying away from Yahoo! Good for you for approaching businesses directly! Thanks so much Kelly for taking the time to research and put together this list.
It will get some good use here! Your skills and time are worth far more, and there ARE clients out there who will recognize and honor that. Hold out for the good ones. I am so glad to run across fellow writers who value what they do and will stand up and say so. I tried ODesk and was not only appalled by the pay rates, but by the attitude of many clients. Well now, I posted a response that I cannot quote in polite company. So, thank you, your voice is much appreciated. One client said that he already had words.
When I looked at what he wrote, it was on a sixth-grade level. No research, statistics, compelling copy, SEO keywords, etc. So I had to start from scratch. I ended up acting like a tutor. Another client loved my work but kept disappearing. I asked for her website address, information about her company, etc.
She let another week go by then disappeared again. I could go on and on. I think that clients who use the content mills do believe that they can get stellar writing for peanuts.
I believe these incidents are blessings in disguise. I follow top-notch bloggers and copywriters and hone my skills continually. It is up to the freelancer to determine his standards and ultimately his worth.
Hello Denita and others, I am thankful for this site, thread and continued posts including yours. At present I am an IC with Textbroker International, and try to look at most the jobs as blessings in disguise. Generally, I am a better conversationalist since starting this in late September, agree with you about developing writing skills, and have kind of found my subject niche as it were. The big picture tells me I have it pretty good, given local opportunities and employment services for those of us who have a handicapability are inadequate in my place of residence.
I hope your experience is dynamically different, but you sound quite capable and willing to improve where need be which says a lot favorably concerning what you bring to the proverbial table.
All the best to you Denita, enjoyed the chance to talk shop! Avoid sites like Researchwritingcenter. I think the better question is, what kind of writing do YOU want to do? What topics interest you?
What style are you most comfortable writing in? Freelance writing is a huge industry, and you could be everything from a lifestyle blogger to a marketing copy writer.
You need to determine what niche fits your skills and interests best; that will make it much easier for you to locate specific, nitty-gritty advice. I am based out of India. I would like to write short stories. Could anyone guide me as how I should go about it. Please recommend sites where I should register myself. I have registered myself in Freelancer. You can find them here: This article was quite helpful and the comments were too.
I am just about to finish my English MA and I am broke as joke, living at my parents, and finding writing work online is my priority for the time being. Best of luck to everyone trying to survive out there! Thank you for this post. I just recently got into freelance writing and I feel so stupid already. I feel so cheated. Should I even complete the job? Is it possible that the work she is doing for oDesk would at least provide a portfolio for her future use?
I am brand new to the writing game. Love your words of encouragement to stay true to writing and get properly paid for your talent. I love writing and have been caught up in content mills since I decided to write online about a month ago. I must admit the pennies I have received for my time, talent and dedication has been great to encourage me to seek something better. Are there any books or articles you recommend for beginners looking to earn a living writing online? The Write Life has actually put together a great list of resources to check out.
You can find it here: This article was an actual eye opener. Once again a big thank you for now I know what to expect and whom to deny. Thank you for the tips. I am handicapped and a fairly new mom at 41 to our 9 month old first and only son. Can anyone give me additional tips on the best way I could start a blog aside from wordpress or blogger please?
First of all, congrats on your new baby! Second of all, my thoughts are with you and all your friends and loved ones — are you located in the Philippines yourself?
Third, The Write Life has put together a great list of resources you can check out. First off, congrats on your 1st son! Sounds like you come central Visayas too like me, am from Bohol Phils. Yolanda Haiyan and the quake that hit our country — and the economic woes they brought are really challenges we need to hurdle.
You see, I am more comfortable in writing articles than blogs. Also, writing websites that work like a vendo machines like Xoobiz, in , but now seems closed where writers can draw writing jobs from a queue — will also help, as we need not waste time in pitching for jobs. Thank you for the great tips. I also get money writing for Bubblews and I I also write for sendmeglobal where they only give award to a writer each month. I was able to win it once. You have opened my eyes to other relevant targets.
There is soooo much info out there and this article has saved me from contentmills, not to mention wasted hours-thanks very, very much!! I guess you your words of wisdom are meant for US-based writers, knowing how much it costs to live there, this makes sense … well, kinda.
If you were writing for a while before delving into the freelance world, i. However, taking those low-paying gigs is what you really need if you got no clue what your niche is, and want to get experience. Since I write for my own amusement and because Jennifer Oh dear Jennifer who gave me my first writing gig! At least for the sake of getting good at your craft before pitching to high-paying clients.
Speaking of High-paying clients, I stumbled upon your post as I was looking for them, but all I could find is advice, and advice only. It just takes time to sort through and separate the wheat from the chaff! I vehemently disagree with you here.
Content mills horribly abuse writers and make it difficult for people who have spent years in this field to get a fair wage due to the expectation that companies can pay less to get more.
All around bad news and not recommended for anyone who wants an actual career in writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alicia. To each their own opinion — some people, like Talal said, enjoy using sites like oDesk because it works for their needs and goals.
The pay is sustainable and you are able to begin your career well. Being a young, I started on Elance some weeks ago while at the same time trying oDesk. What is your advice for me? I think Elance is good for building some portfolio and acquiring experience, but naturally I want to move on to something bigger and better. Hi Matteo, thanks for your comment! We actually have a post coming up on what to look out for when using outsourcing sites like Elance and oDesk.
Keep an eye out for that in the next few weeks! Usually to make a change in life its quite scary but your post is so straight forward and well written that it makes anyone feel ready to take on the world! Thanks for this post and some of the other ones as well about freelance writing. Thanks for the kind words, Grace!
I hope TWL can help motivate and support you in your career change. I will be graduating with a Professional Writing degree in May. I just signed up to write articles on Hire writers. I was a technical writer before becoming a s-a-h mom. Whatever you do, when first out of college, it can take a long time to build up your experience. It can be a long, frustrating climb, but do have patience and try not to get frustrated when you keep hearing that you need experience to get the job.
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Perhaps she will have a better understanding of what being picked on feels like. You should show some desency and apologize Matha. Hence, logging off and getting on with writing.
You finally figured out the way to promote proper grammar and writing within the US education system! Troll the webs for erroneous comment mistakes and verbally stake your victims to the ground with your superior use of the English language! You are really making a difference in this world. My children call me a grammar Nazi, and any misused word jerks me right out of that willing suspension of disbelief.
That might be what happened. BTW, youse guys—usage ought to be correct in narrative, but the dialogue absolutely cannot be perfect. They sound AS IF manufactured twits. And try not to be so hard on each other. And even ignorance is forgivable. I look forward to hearing from you. Writing is hard work. As writers we must remember this and command top dollar for the time and effort put into the art of creation on any level, whether it be essay, short story, or novella.
Everyone is so triggered. Just smile and wave. She holds no significance in your life. As a proofreader I can agree with the sentiment, but you have to get it right yourself. And the high-handed tone is, yes, too much. Think before you judge. It was a comment for goodness sake. Face it, auto correct.. Please fell free to point out my mistakes it is makes you happy. I was about to have a stroke before I read your reply. Although I do not agree with your views, I could not very well disagree with them either.
My point…There is a correct manner in which to speak to others which is polite and thoughtful, and you will be more than likely to get your point across in a more favorable fashion. We all make mistakes, obviously even you.. Auto incorrect may be the cause of such errors.
So next time perhaps you should seriously take into consideration, proof reading your own comments…Just a thought…. You talk a big game for someone simply commenting on a blog post. If you were in fact such a well educated and highly adorn writer, you would be doing just that, writing.
Not belittling someone who was asking a simple question. So keep to yourself. And with an attitude like that, you never will. The best bet is to check the submission guidelines for the individual journals.
I believe a few of them accept international submissions, and submissions can be made online; you might want to check with individual magazines first, though. Hello Bamidele, How does writing for magazines and blogs work? Martha, with all due respect, get your head out of your butt. Snobbery is dull, no matter how well-written it is.
Dear All, I have read all the comments and I can find one or two typos or other grammatical error in each of the comments, including mine if you look properly. Well, this makes it perfect. This is absolutely how it should be.
Either from the teacher, the pupil or the writer or the editor, you may find one or two errors, and it is just fine. This thread has served me well this evening; a much appreciated distraction from real-world events. We all need acceptance and validation at times and not only for parking. No One is superior than another here. I DO know however, that as writers, we ought to keep topics as positive as we can. That is- if we wish to contribute, with our works, in a positive way.
Be good to you,. Little language should not be a hinderance to your passion. Thank you very much for this great post Bamidele, always a pleasure to read. Thanks for the post. I had no idea about magazines that pay so much. Thanks for this post, Bamidele! Bamidele, how are you? I have a blog but i am still working it. My question is i have a payoneer account but how do i get pay via all the platform of freelance writing on the site you just gave us because most of them pay via paypal account and one cannot withdraw from it in Nigeria.
Looking forward to hearing from you. It is really noteworthy. Here are other magazines that pay more: Hi Bamidele, Thanks for sharing this information. I am amazed that writers get paid with that much amount of money per write up. Can you explain why? Also can you please post articles about from where the Indian writers can get high paying jobs like these? Just about every English-speaking country has its own dialect and nuances, so even English writers sometimes have difficulties writing for countries other than their own.
It truly has nothing to do with who you are or where you are from. The best advice I can give you is to try to make some friends online you can communicate with regularly to learn how native speakers use the language. Hi I am muhammad ather from Pakistan. But i have some issues: I have skrill,payoneer and payza accounts. I dont have a paypal account becaue it does not support my country. Can i write for these magazines from Pakistan. I would like you to answer me positively.
Thank you for posting this information. This will help many young people in the world to start using their time in a meaningful way. This can also be useful for people who want to share their experiences through writing in some of the magazines you have highlighted here. I hope, I too can start writing though my English is not so good. Hy, I am kanisa. I love this post. As does The Costco Connection.
Hello, I stumbled onto this site and have to say it has truly captured my interest. I am new to freelance writing and just reading some of the comments above has sparked my writing desires. I love how everyone pulled together for their fellow writers. I know I have. Anyways, to date I have written two novels both self published on line and am working on two other books that are nearing completion.
But that is another story…. My question is if you submit to more than one magazine do you have to let them know that you have duel submissions and what if both want to publish the work? Check out the guidelines by each. I meant to say hit the submit not it the submit; and sorry for the ignorance not sorry the ignorance.
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