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Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-01-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 22,965
Posted By Liza Day
Passing a plagiarism checker isn't the only...

Passing a plagiarism checker isn't the only criterion for plagiarism. The passages you've included here may pass automated systems, but they really are a bit too close for comfort. You can still...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-26-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,429
Posted By Liza Day
Yes, but those articles would need to fall into...

Yes, but those articles would need to fall into some fairly specific parameters for me to turn out 5,000 to 7,500 words daily. I'd rather write two 2,500-word articles than ten 500-word articles, but...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-15-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,947
Posted By Liza Day
That's hideous. I wonder how much the...

That's hideous.

I wonder how much the original typist -- I hesitate to say "writer" or "author" -- got paid for that and how many times it's gone through the spin cycle. After employing some...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-15-2013, 06:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,936
Posted By Liza Day
I think I would have had to link to Let Me Google...

I think I would have had to link to Let Me Google That For You at that point:

Let me google that for you (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=silly+questions)

It really is shocking. I lurk here all the time...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-10-2013, 10:57 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 43,984
Posted By Liza Day
Ah, that makes sense, Miss Aurora. I wasn't...

Ah, that makes sense, Miss Aurora. I wasn't really seeing the connection between the vitriol about the "entitlement generation" and the dip in business at TB. Whatever's causing the downturn, I'm...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-10-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 43,984
Posted By Liza Day
As someone who does earn enough from TB to pay...

As someone who does earn enough from TB to pay her big bills, including the mortgage, I don't believe it's "standing on quicksand" to work there. It's one of the most stable and reliable companies...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 08-10-2013, 02:52 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 43,984
Posted By Liza Day
None of those things are free; someone still pays...

None of those things are free; someone still pays for them. In this case, it's the writer paying for those extra few words in the title. As a courtesy to the client, coming up with a simple title --...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-23-2013, 12:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,525
Posted By Liza Day
Oh, that's the story of my life! Most of my...

Oh, that's the story of my life! Most of my writing is active income because I just can't seem to make time for things I think of as "just some side project." Maybe they shouldn't just be side...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-20-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
Why wouldn't I? That's what the word means. ...

Why wouldn't I? That's what the word means.

You can ascribe whatever lofty connotations you like to it, but "author" just means "the one who wrote." I was the author of all the cruddy little...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-17-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
I still don't get the humor, I guess. Sure,...

I still don't get the humor, I guess. Sure, they're not the NYT, but they aren't claiming to be. They're just offering another way for their authors to learn a few new tricks and make a deeper dent...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-17-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
If you already know you're awesome and perfect...

If you already know you're awesome and perfect and don't want "yawn-worthy" grammatical discussions on a writing forum, then it's obvious why Textbroker's offer isn't for you. You're doing great...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-17-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
No, filler is filler. Small sentences are only...

No, filler is filler. Small sentences are only filler if they pad the word count instead of contributing to the article.

I've never gotten complaints about small sentences, and I use them...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-16-2013, 10:45 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
I think you're under the misapprehension that I'm...

I think you're under the misapprehension that I'm working for peanuts and praising TB for the privilege. I'm not. Textbroker's open order rates are my floor, not my ceiling; actually, it might be...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-16-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
The letter is posted in the TB forums, and...

The letter is posted in the TB forums, and according to what it says, authors are being paid for what they write in the TB University program:



That implies the articles will be paid work at...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-16-2013, 08:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
I'm sorry you went through a rough time. ...

I'm sorry you went through a rough time.

I've found the TB editors' ratings admirably consistent, especially when compared with sites that go by client ratings or rely on remote copy editors who...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-16-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,146
Posted By Liza Day
I want to like DS. At a glance, it has so much to...

I want to like DS. At a glance, it has so much to recommend it -- twice-weekly payouts, $30 assignments, a simple formula to follow, plenty of work -- but it all falls apart because of the...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-16-2013, 07:33 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,018
Posted By Liza Day
I must not have much of a sense of humor. I don't...

I must not have much of a sense of humor. I don't see how offering to give writers more in-depth feedback and encouragement to earn more money from the site is hilarious. If anything, I think it's a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-14-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 779
Posted By Liza Day
Sometimes I shout. The clients don't hear it, but...

Sometimes I shout. The clients don't hear it, but it helps to turn the air blue with a few choice expletives before I take a deep breath and get to work. It also helps remind me that most people...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-14-2013, 01:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,721
Posted By Liza Day
Wow. My condolences to you for having to work...

Wow. My condolences to you for having to work with a special snowflake like that.

This may sound awful, but sometimes -- just sometimes -- I get smacked with the sudden knowledge that while I'm...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-14-2013, 01:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,167
Posted By Liza Day
You must have the most well-mannered clients...

You must have the most well-mannered clients ever. :)

Mine love to come to me with surprise assignments. "Oh, my shop's opening a month and a half earlier than planned!" "Yay, we're expanding and...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-28-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,378
Posted By Liza Day
I would pass on any mill that spammed my inbox so...

I would pass on any mill that spammed my inbox so egregiously unless they paid more than most mills are willing to pay. For what works out to about 1.4 cents a word, there's no way I'd deal with...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-13-2013, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 540
Posted By Liza Day
Demand Studios is all about credentials. They...

Demand Studios is all about credentials. They take it to absurd extremes and apparently expect professional chefs to write about how to soft-boil an egg. They'll expect you to give an extensive list...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-13-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By Liza Day
I feel really lucky. I have my own...

I feel really lucky. I have my own office/computer room/library, and I can set it up however I like. That's a double-edged sword, though. On the one hand, I can work efficiently and shut the door if...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-12-2013, 05:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
Posted By Liza Day
Given his behavior, that seems entirely apt.

Given his behavior, that seems entirely apt.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-06-2013, 08:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,990
Posted By Liza Day
I agree with those who suggest giving the mills a...

I agree with those who suggest giving the mills a try to get your feet wet. Your experience is worth a great deal, but you also need to learn the ropes of writing for pay. Some people find it tough...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-04-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 856
Posted By Liza Day
It's down for me right now too, and that really...

It's down for me right now too, and that really bites because I have a couple of orders I promised a client this afternoon. Fortunately, the client's west of me, so I still have a couple of hours of...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-28-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By Liza Day
Congratulations! It's always tough to get back on...

Congratulations! It's always tough to get back on the horse after it's thrown you, but it's worth it.

Now, if I could shake off the malaise I have after being run ragged last week with detailed...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-28-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,446
Posted By Liza Day
That's true, Sherryy. It's why I drop a note to...

That's true, Sherryy. It's why I drop a note to the editor when I tackle something with misspelled or incorrectly punctuated text. So far, I've never had a problem. Of course, I also don't take many...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-27-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,446
Posted By Liza Day
It's definitely not misinformation. TB doesn't...

It's definitely not misinformation. TB doesn't count a client's misspelled keywords against you. If an editor did that, you should contact them. They're supposed to accept clients' keywords as-is,...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-23-2013, 10:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,608
Posted By Liza Day
I've taken my share of forum breaks -- and not...

I've taken my share of forum breaks -- and not only from TB -- when gruffness, rudeness, contentiousness, idiocy or any of the other things that periodically plague almost any otherwise constructive...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-19-2013, 09:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,608
Posted By Liza Day
I think sometimes the tone some people take in...

I think sometimes the tone some people take in forums can be a little brusque, but I also know that tone is devilishly hard to read online sometimes. A client called me a genius the other day, and I...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-18-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,608
Posted By Liza Day
Hah, I was just about to bite someone's head off,...

Hah, I was just about to bite someone's head off, but the powers that be closed the thread. Honestly, what is wrong with people? Why do they get so histrionic about things before a situation is even...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-17-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,608
Posted By Liza Day
As someone who regularly reads your posts there,...

As someone who regularly reads your posts there, I hope you don't stay out of the forum completely, Miss Aurora. The only thing that counteracts a sense of entitlement, including that vexing "I'm...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-17-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,608
Posted By Liza Day
In fairness, the search function on the forums...

In fairness, the search function on the forums there is pretty sketchy. See my previous "TB has outgrown its bare-bones website" rant on this thread. :)

I'm willing to cut people a little slack...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-17-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,608
Posted By Liza Day
No spell check totally gives you a pass if you...

No spell check totally gives you a pass if you have a typo in something like "irreconcilable" or "antidisestablishmentarian" or even "minuscule," a word that always throws me off. There's never an...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-17-2013, 09:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,608
Posted By Liza Day
I used to love the forums there and sometimes...

I used to love the forums there and sometimes still do enjoy them, but I agree that they've been chock-full of stupid lately. Few things annoy me more than people spreading misinformation and being...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-09-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,749
Posted By Liza Day
It is frustrating to be on so many teams that...

It is frustrating to be on so many teams that have nothing to offer, but overall, I think the teams are a good idea -- with a couple of qualifiers.

Managed teams have been great for me....
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-07-2013, 12:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By Liza Day
I think we all struggle with burnout...

I think we all struggle with burnout occasionally. One of the perils of our work is that we don't get to leave it at the office the way others do. Not clocking in means we may feel as though we're...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-29-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,066
Posted By Liza Day
One of the great things about self-employment is...

One of the great things about self-employment is that we have the right to change our minds. However, we don't operate in a vacuum; it never hurts to do others the courtesy of informing them of our...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-29-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,172
Posted By Liza Day
Jwinter, that anecdote made me growl. I totally...

Jwinter, that anecdote made me growl. I totally get emergencies, but when someone has them every time a deadline approaches, it's more than a little suspicious. After reading about how you allocate...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-28-2012, 09:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,172
Posted By Liza Day
Ouch! Even if that writer did get the boot...

Ouch! Even if that writer did get the boot unjustly, there's no call to act like an enraged bonobo, beating your chest and threatening to call the BBB and the media about it. Whatever happened to a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-28-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,172
Posted By Liza Day
I don't think there's anything at all rude or...

I don't think there's anything at all rude or unprofessional about defining a contract and sticking to it. If the guy wants extras after the contract's already drawn up, then build that into his...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-19-2012, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By Liza Day
An article an hour is entirely reasonable. After...

An article an hour is entirely reasonable. After you get used to the format and structure of your articles and build up a fat folder of bookmarked resources, two an hour is also very achievable.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-19-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By Liza Day
I should amend my earlier post; I just checked,...

I should amend my earlier post; I just checked, and my scores are actually a 4.5 and a 4.8. I haven't looked at DS in so long that I'd forgotten the exact numbers.

The sad thing is, writing at DS...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-18-2012, 02:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By Liza Day
I have a strong health-related educational...

I have a strong health-related educational background, worked as a fitness instructor and wrote for almost a year and a half for Livestrong, yet I was rejected for the new fitness and well-being...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-16-2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By Liza Day
Craft kits are awesome at that age. They still...

Craft kits are awesome at that age. They still appeal to the "let's get our hands dirty and make something!" urge that every younger kid has, yet the end result is something cool enough to please...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-16-2012, 04:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By Liza Day
It's frustrating to wait that long for an...

It's frustrating to wait that long for an evaluation, but fortunately, you don't have to wait long to get paid. I don't care how long I have to wait on a rating as long as the money's in my account...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-16-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,570
Posted By Liza Day
This is excellent advice. The editors at TB take...

This is excellent advice. The editors at TB take an active role in linking clients with writers, and they'll present you with some nice opportunities if you do consistently great work.
...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-14-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,570
Posted By Liza Day
I wouldn't call a site that's been giving me some...

I wouldn't call a site that's been giving me some four-digit weekly payouts thanks to some juicy team orders and direct orders a "time-waster," but your mileage may vary. I've had good success...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-12-2012, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,052
Posted By Liza Day
Breading kittens? How horrifying! Everyone knows...

Breading kittens? How horrifying! Everyone knows they're lower in calories without all that breading. As for those who write "spaded" instead of "spayed," maybe they should be lightly smacked with a...
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