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Old 12-17-2011, 10:42 AM
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A completely different silly Craigslist ad...just because I figure all you ladies would appreciate the laugh:


Writer voice actress to write and perform spells, good performance and authentic Wiccan spells required.


Seriously. It's real. I'm not sure how long it'll stay there. A friend of mine found it and thought I'd enjoy the laugh .
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:24 AM
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A completely different silly Craigslist ad...just because I figure all you ladies would appreciate the laugh:


Writer voice actress to write and perform spells, good performance and authentic Wiccan spells required.


Seriously. It's real. I'm not sure how long it'll stay there. A friend of mine found it and thought I'd enjoy the laugh .
Hmmm. Was this a paid gig?
What does the voice have to do with anything.

It's not really all THAT funny to Pagans and Wiccans, dear.

Oh, here's some too. They're not from CL, but...

Video : Freelance Writing : JOB ADS THAT MAKE FREELANCE WRITERS LAUGH!

There's more than 1 part, but I couldn't find the others.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:26 AM
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Yike! I found it - looks like 400 $mackers!
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:48 PM
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For some reason, Pittsburgh Craig's List loves to offer writing gigs about the Steelers for writers without any compensation. Seriously, there are always ads to write about Pittsburgh sports teams without any compensation. Heck, most of the CL from this area wants high quality for no pay.
I agree. Pittsburgh really has no market for writers through Craigslist. The few that I answer to test waters from time to time just make me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Laugh because of unreasonable expectations and practically non-existent pay. Cry because somebody out there will take the job further promoting that freelance writers will work for peanuts.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:46 PM
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The only time where I would accept it's needed is for highly technical work on highly specialised subjects, but for most part it's a complete joke. Oh yes because those three years of drinking are really going to come in handy here.
That's a bizarre thing to say. I'd say that my four years of journalism study, including more than 60 course hours of writing courses, plus writing labs and then the two required internships helped quite a lot, actually. And, college is four years.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:57 PM
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For some reason, Pittsburgh Craig's List loves to offer writing gigs about the Steelers for writers without any compensation. Seriously, there are always ads to write about Pittsburgh sports teams without any compensation. Heck, most of the CL from this area wants high quality for no pay.
I grew up in Pittsburgh and I am not surprised.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:07 AM
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I agree with you. There is no reason a writer needs a degree unless it is in a specific area. It's especially unreasonable to require a degree for .01 a word.
I completely disagree. My journalism degree has opened doors for me and many of my clients tell me writers with degrees have added credibility in their eyes. I'm not saying a person can't succeed as a writer without a degree, however having a degree is a very good thing. For example, if you'd like to branch out into editing, it's extremely difficult to do if you don't have a degree.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:02 AM
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I completely disagree. My journalism degree has opened doors for me and many of my clients tell me writers with degrees have added credibility in their eyes. I'm not saying a person can't succeed as a writer without a degree, however having a degree is a very good thing. For example, if you'd like to branch out into editing, it's extremely difficult to do if you don't have a degree.
I really think that depends on the local market. My nephew has a journalism degree and spent three years trying to find a job. He finally moved from NYC back to Vermont and continued struggling to find work. He landed a part-time job that paid half of what I make at home without a degree.

He's given up and moved to Boston and found a full-time job with a newspaper, but the pay is again far less than I make hourly, so he's supplementing it by being in a band at night and on weekends.

All of my private clients say that degree is less important to them than having writers who meet deadlines consistently, write with proper grammar, take on extra work without complaints and don't mind having doing some of the garbage work that many with degrees turn down saying the work is beneath them. I had one private client who specifically wanted someone with a degree, but after 20 writers refused to write about the material (think Oxyclean for your colon) because it was "gross." They ended up hiring me and in the end it came out to $100 an hour for me and they got exactly what they were after too.
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If anything, my degree has allowed me to get several higher paying jobs that specified that the writers had to have a degree. I don't think it's necessary for this occupation, but it has definitely helped me so far, and I do think it can serve as a little resume booster. But I also have tons of experience, so it's not like a degree is a good replacement for that. Having both can help.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:44 AM
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That's a bizarre thing to say. I'd say that my four years of journalism study, including more than 60 course hours of writing courses, plus writing labs and then the two required internships helped quite a lot, actually. And, college is four years.
I'm from the UK so it's three here.

For most writing gigs a degree is completely unnecessary and will come into play very little except for very specialsied subjects. Of course experience through internships is useful too, but you don't need to have a degree to have experience like this. What I'm saying is that the isolated degree itself is not relevant for most writing jobs.

I would much rather have a writer who consistently provided good work for many different clients for three or four years than a writer who just has their college degree.
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