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Forum: Writing: Freelancing 06-30-2013, 06:09 PM
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Views: 640
Posted By bax
No professional editor is going to work for a...

No professional editor is going to work for a share of your earnings. Why? Because there's no guarantee you're going to earn anything. What if the one story the editor works on ends up flopping? You...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-02-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 956
Posted By bax
They no longer have that requirement.

They no longer have that requirement.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-01-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 956
Posted By bax
Many categories don't require a degree, just...

Many categories don't require a degree, just experience or knowledge of the topic. Read through all the sections to see what you can apply for.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-14-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,657
Posted By bax
Do you have a website? If not, put one together....

Do you have a website? If not, put one together. It goes a long way when applying for work with private clients and it makes you look a lot more professional than just providing random links to...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 03-03-2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,211
Posted By bax
Anywhere from free to hundreds of dollars,...

Anywhere from free to hundreds of dollars, depending on what you're choosing. Buying a domain name is $10-15. I designed my own website (using a template), so that part cost me nothing. I pay $12 for...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 02-27-2013, 04:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By bax
Places like Weebly, Wix (or Wordpress if you want...

Places like Weebly, Wix (or Wordpress if you want something simpler) are good for creating a basic website. You can then upload your writing samples there and send that link to potential clients.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 02-09-2013, 12:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By bax
Keep applying. I know you were just...

Keep applying.

I know you were just venting, but I just wanted to say, "Don't give up."
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 02-04-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By bax
It's impossible to tell with Demand. I know of...

It's impossible to tell with Demand. I know of two writers who were rejected in January with a general "not what we're looking for" email. One of them had applied the week before; the other person...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 02-01-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By bax
If your goal is to do this professionally, I...

If your goal is to do this professionally, I would set up a professional-looking site. It could be through Wordpress or Blogger, but don't make it a blog. Make it a portfolio site where you can...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 02-01-2013, 12:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By bax
It depends on your budget. I have several ebooks...

It depends on your budget. I have several ebooks published. Some of my covers are from Fiverr, while others are from designers who charge $75+ for their work.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-25-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By bax
Sent you a PM

Sent you a PM
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-20-2013, 05:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 782
Posted By bax
I'm the same way. Honestly, I'd rather be...

I'm the same way. Honestly, I'd rather be working. What I sometimes do is switch gears and work on my ebooks instead of doing paid work.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-16-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,394
Posted By bax
Depends which mill. Demand now pays $25-35 per...

Depends which mill. Demand now pays $25-35 per article. Write just 4 articles a day and you've earned $3000 a month. Write 6 a day and that gives you much more (or the chance to take a few days off)....
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-16-2013, 05:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,242
Posted By bax
Don't give up. I went through a similar period...

Don't give up. I went through a similar period last summer. I applied to dozens of opportunities every week and got nothing. The ones who responded either wanted free samples (I don't do that) or...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-13-2013, 03:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 742
Posted By bax
Once you sell an article to a content mill, it...

Once you sell an article to a content mill, it becomes their property (it's no longer "your own work") and you can't use it anymore.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-12-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 953
Posted By bax
Demand has lots of work right now, but you need...

Demand has lots of work right now, but you need to get accepted into sections first. I'm approved for four different ones and there are a lot of good titles.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-12-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 353
Posted By bax
An agent gets 15% of your advance when he sells a...

An agent gets 15% of your advance when he sells a book. You get the rest of the advance plus 8 % in royalties (after the advance has been covered).

When you self-publish through Amazon, there's...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-11-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By bax
Doesn't odesk offer some sort of protection to...

Doesn't odesk offer some sort of protection to writers? I don't write for them, so I don't know, but my guess is that they probably have somebody you can contact to explain the situation.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-09-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By bax
Google "writing jobs" and you'll find many sites...

Google "writing jobs" and you'll find many sites similar to freelancewritinggigs.com
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-09-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By bax
Maybe we're talking about a different level of...

Maybe we're talking about a different level of private clients. I've written for the Discovery Channel and Yahoo! Homes (both pay over $300 per article). I've also written for two Fortune 100...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-07-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By bax
Do you still have your Demand account? Apply for...

Do you still have your Demand account? Apply for a few sections. There's a lot of work available there (I'm approved for four different sections: business, fitness, pets and parenting).
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-07-2013, 05:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By bax
I agree with this. I ask for partial payment...

I agree with this. I ask for partial payment upfront if I'm dealing with somebody I can't find/track online. Big private clients with an important online presence? I won't bother asking for a partial...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 01-04-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By bax
I'm really sorry. I was in a similar situation...

I'm really sorry. I was in a similar situation last August and felt desperate -- so I understand how you feel. What I did: I worked longer hours for the mills. In order to earn what I needed, I was...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-03-2012, 09:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,098
Posted By bax
It all depends on who your clients are. Now that...

It all depends on who your clients are. Now that Demand pays $25 per article, you only need to write 4 articles to meet your $100 goal. I have a couple of clients that pay $100 per article. They only...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-02-2012, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By bax
A coach is not going to work with you for free or...

A coach is not going to work with you for free or "future pay." Coaching is expensive. Think $50 an hour or more. I run a small workshop for beginner writers and I do private coaching, and I can tell...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-21-2012, 03:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By bax
Thanks. I'll pass the info along. By the...

Thanks. I'll pass the info along.

By the way, just wanted to say that I love the name of your writing site! :)
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-20-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By bax
Interact Media accepts international writers?

I have a friend in the UK who wants to apply but she can't find anything on the website about international writers.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 07-01-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,635
Posted By bax
I didn't know you could sell courses through...

I didn't know you could sell courses through Clickbank. That's really interesting.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 06-26-2012, 08:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By bax
Do you use glasses? I have prescription glasses...

Do you use glasses? I have prescription glasses just for this reason. I don't need them to see (my eyesight is fine), read or drive, but they help ease the strain in my eyes --This is the reason they...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 06-05-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By bax
I think the best way to know what to put in your...

I think the best way to know what to put in your website is to look at other websites. If you Google "freelance writer portfolio," you'll get hundreds of links to writers' websites. Look through...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-25-2012, 11:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 401
Posted By bax
Yes, it's possible that the same story is not in...

Yes, it's possible that the same story is not in the public domain in another country. In that case, no, it's not ok to make it available for sale there, since you don't have the right to sell it.
...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-25-2012, 10:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 401
Posted By bax
If you wrote the book and it hasn't been...

If you wrote the book and it hasn't been published before, you have the right to publish it anywhere (Amazon US, Amazon UK, etc.)

What they're asking is:

- if your book was published by a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-19-2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 770
Posted By bax
It all depends on who you're targeting. How do...

It all depends on who you're targeting. How do you plan on advertising the service? Where? That will tell you the kind of money potential clients are willing to spend. I do think that $1,000 is more...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-14-2012, 01:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By bax
It depends what your contract with Xlibris says....

It depends what your contract with Xlibris says. Do they own the copyright for a period of time? If so, how long?
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-08-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By bax
They haven't had any work in over a week, so I'm...

They haven't had any work in over a week, so I'm going to guess they're not actively searching for new writers right now.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-05-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 374
Posted By bax
Actually, I find it really depressing. Animals in...

Actually, I find it really depressing. Animals in cages make me sad, and animals desperate like this one (thinking the baby is food and being taunted anyway) make me especially upset.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-03-2012, 07:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By bax
I can't remember the exact application process,...

I can't remember the exact application process, but I'm pretty sure I had to write an original article for them as a sample. If you're accepted, they pay for the sample.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-02-2012, 08:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By bax
They don't have any work available right now (I...

They don't have any work available right now (I think there are 3 titles left). But when they do have work, they're good. I never had a rewrite and they always pay on time.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-28-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By bax
I have one odd client. He's absolutely horrible...

I have one odd client. He's absolutely horrible at giving directions. For example, he sends me a link to an article about online dating "for inspiration" and then asks me to write an article about...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-26-2012, 03:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By bax
I agree that's the best way. You apply, apply,...

I agree that's the best way. You apply, apply, apply. Apply even to jobs you don't think you qualify for. If you have no work at all, spend the whole day searching for leads and applying. Send as...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-16-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Posted By bax
Hmmm... I wrote quite a long post and it's now...

Hmmm... I wrote quite a long post and it's now gone.

Anyway, let me say it again.

I search for opportunities every day, even when I have tons of work. I have a few sites I visit daily for...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-16-2012, 06:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By bax
I bought domain names for my blogs. Not sure how...

I bought domain names for my blogs. Not sure how they rank if you keep the blogger address, but once you get your own domain name (and it's $10 a year, so it's really nothing), they rank really well...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-16-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By bax
Thanks :) I used Wix. Keep in mind I know...

Thanks :)

I used Wix. Keep in mind I know absolutely nothing about web design, which is why I love these flash sites. You end up with a very professional-looking website that was painless to...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-15-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By bax
It depends on what you're looking for. I don't...

It depends on what you're looking for. I don't like wordpress because I feel all sites built with wordpress look like blogs (and I don't want my professional writing site looking like a blog)....
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-14-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,144
Posted By bax
I'll give the application a try, but these things...

I'll give the application a try, but these things usually turn out to be bogus. They will either ask for lots of free samples, or a membership fee or something like that. $90 is not too much for 500...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-08-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 802
Posted By bax
I don't like charging by the hour. It can lead to...

I don't like charging by the hour. It can lead to misunderstandings and it's hard sometimes to estimate how long a project would take. I always charge by the project for press releases and web copy...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-08-2012, 05:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 480
Posted By bax
Depends how long you're willing to wait... I...

Depends how long you're willing to wait... I think writing for any of these it's a gamble. You might make money in six months or so... or you might make none.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-08-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,658
Posted By bax
I don't mean to be cynical, but you have only two...

I don't mean to be cynical, but you have only two posts and both of them are to defend a vanity publisher. It is a bit suspicious.

I have absolutely nothing against self-publishing. In fact, I...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-06-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,658
Posted By bax
So they're a vanity publisher? You have to pay...

So they're a vanity publisher? You have to pay them to get your book published?
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 04-06-2012, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 550
Posted By bax
Did you find an editor and if so, can you...

Did you find an editor and if so, can you recommend her? I'm looking for one as well and having a hard time finding one!
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