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Keeping Busy

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

As a freelance writer I only make any money when I am writing for other people… and they pay me. Cashflow is always a balancing act in any business and none more so in the writing game. Ghostwriting/co-writing a 60,000 word novel can take months and you don’t usually get paid up front. Getting paid is the key, of course. I know very good writers who have full order books and work 12-14 hours a day but forget to put enough focus on getting paid for all their hard work.

At the moment I have two ghostwriting projects that I hope to complete before the end of October and get paid for… which should carry us over the Christmas-January period which is always pretty slow. I have two or three regular gigs writing articles for web sites and the tutoring but the college lecturing has fallen flat this year. It seems fewer people are enrolling in community college courses all round, not just the ones I offer. Fortunately having several income irons in the fire helps to flatten out the cashflow peaks and troughs.

When it comes to what I call ‘investment writing’, those books and publications I write for myself as the client in the hope they sell down the track (what most people refer to as writing a book, being an author etc); I have several projects still bubbling away on the back burners. The trip to Malaysia and the Philippines in April still needs to be written up as do the many story ideas that were generated by having flip flops on the ground over there. I have a couple of books that need editing, re-writing, up-dating and re-publishing, not to mention lots of web site maintenance. A writer’s work is never done!

 

 

How To Write An eBook In 20 Hours

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Over on my Online Writing web site I have posted an article about writing eBooks and how it can be done consistently to ‘code’ in just 20 hours for a reasonably sized 12,000 word eBook. This is not the next great American novel, nor is it supposed to be the definitive text for anything. It is a researched, 100% original information product. Basically I allocate 5 hours to research and 15 hours for writing, editing and formatting with an hour or so in there for planning. The web brings everything one needs to know right to one’s fingertips and speeds up the process considerably. This is not a peer reviewed PhD thesis being written but it does require good habits and procedures to keep it legal, legible and legitimate enough to pay good money for.

The reason I wrote this article and divulged some of my many secrets to the world is that apart from not being able to handle all the eBook writing business out there anyway, I feel there is a genuine need for writers to be able to make a living online. The internet has opened up writing as a vocation for many of us yet at the same time it has sealed the fates of many writers who for decades earned their daily bread writing for print media. Media now closed down due to shifting reading habits and revenue streams, most particularly in the USA. Content mills churning out articles do pay for words albeit very little but even they are culling the herd and may be doing this because they are finding it harder to find paying customers. So much free content is offered by people just keen to be published but that is not the big issue.

ESL, or English as a Second Language writers in India, Pakistan, Africa and the Philippines in particular live in economies where $100 a week is a good income and more likely to be a monthly salary. So they can write 150-200 word articles for SEO programs, pumping them out to SPLOGs and blogs just to drive web site rankings and search results for $1 a throw. They can write four an hour and make more than a teacher does in their country. We in the west can’t compete and neither should we. The standard of these ‘articles’ is pretty poor with bad grammar and nonsensical gibberish too often the result. Finding better paying writing work on the other hand requires specialisation and effort. Too many freelance writers fail to spend as much time looking for work as doing it. They work out their rates based on how much they need per hour if every hour of the week they were producing words. Yet they should have an hourly rate that covers the time it takes to find that work and most don’t do this. When asked why, those who even know of this concept cite the market not paying anywhere near what they would have to charge. So either play the game their way or find a new game. I found a new game.

If you can write a 100% original information product, it doesn’t have to be the most in-depth account of the topic available online. It just has to be value for money if a price is placed on it or worth the effort if used as a value added incentive to get someone to opt in to a mailing list. You can also use it as a product around which you build a web site, then ‘flip’ the site and make money on the difference between what it cost to build the site and what you sold it for. If you can write there are plenty of people who can’t and they will pay for your content. You just need to find the right people for the content you have. Remember what I said above. Spend as much time working int he business finding work as working for the business grinding it. It is valuable time but too many of us think we are wasting writing time or doing stuff nobody is paying for. They are paying for your time, somewhere along the track but not in a dollar for minute exchange. You need to think differently or else you are stuck wondering why you can’t even compete for one cent a word articles with people who can’t get their articles, definite and indefinite, in the right order.

About The Rip Off Writer’s Site

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

I did receive a reply from the site mentioned in the previous blog entry however upon pressing them further, they disappeared. Here is their reply:

From: RealWritingJobs <supportstaff@realwritingjobs.com>
To: perry@perrygamsby.com
Sent: Sunday, 1 May 2011 8:07 PM
Subject: Re: Please Explain

Perry Gamsby,
First we want to let you know that you’re not “paying for a job”, you’re paying to use our service.  We have a team of people that search the internet daily finding the best, and most profitable writing jobs and updating it in our member’s area daily.This is a big effort and we spend a large amount of money on our staff.

There is no where else on the internet that has as many, or as high quality, writing jobs as our service.  There is a reason why we have HUNDREDS of happy paying customers.

Hope this clears up any doubts!

Thanks,Josh Higgins

RealWritingJobs Support

And here is my response to which I am yet to receive an answer:
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Thankyou for your prompt response which is very encouraging however it does not explain how there is some incongruity between the web site saying there are jobs available paying specific amounts of money and the terms and conditions and earnings disclaimer pages giving a very different impression. I must say the web page does not fully explain the process, hence my skepticism. Do you provide a data base of writing jobs for members to apply for or do you have the jobs yourself and allocate them to members according to some formula?
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Rest assured, if this is as you say, then I am the first to spread the word to the hundreds of students who attend my community college courses every year, not to mention the thousands who visit my web sites. I value passing on information of a legitimate opportunity as highly as that of warning of a less than genuine offer.
That was a month ago. I think the silence speaks for itself. Here is an excerpt from their ‘Terms and Conditions’:
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“Membership requires a 10 DAY $2.95 risk free trial. During this time, you have the opportunity to cancel your membership with REALWRITINGJOBS.COM to avoid the continuation of service and the monthly fee of $47. You will be billed the $47 on the (11th) day after you sign up, and thereafter every (30) days. PLEASE NOTE: If you joined prior to March 10th, your membership was a 7 day trial. Cancellation

If you would like to cancel your service, you may do so at any time, no questions asked, by calling 1-800-980-6172 (U.S. Based Number). Please include your NAME, DATE OF PURCHASE and EMAIL ADDRESS. It is important to reference the email address you signed up with. We also accept cancellations online at our Contact Us page.

If you do not cancel your service, you will be assessed the monthly fee of $47/month and continue to receive our services including daily job listings, expert tips, unlimited support and other great bonuses. “

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While I concede their response to the original query via their Contact Us page was within 24 hours or so, what if they delayed responding to a cancellation and took another $47 out of your credit card? It happens, writers. As for Josh’s claim that there is nowhere else on the internet with as many writing jobs as their site, I would hazard a guess as to why. I think they merely copy and paste jobs from other sites and so, collectively, they are the biggest. But certainly not the best and quite frankly, I wouldn’t trust them with my $2.95 for a ‘risk free’ trial. You can sign up at Odesk or Elance and bid for great writing jobs directly, cut out the middleman milking the gullible and trusting and it won’t cost you a cent.
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Why have an ‘Earnings Disclaimer’ that includes the lines:
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“ANY CLAIMS MADE OF ACTUAL EARNINGS OR EXAMPLES OF ACTUAL RESULTS ARE NOT TYPICAL. YOUR LEVEL OF SUCCESS IN ATTAINING THE RESULTS CLAIMED IN OUR MATERIALS DEPENDS ON THE TIME YOU DEVOTE TO THE PROGRAM, IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES MENTIONED, YOUR FINANCES, KNOWLEDGE AND VARIOUS SKILLS.”
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I mean, if the results are not typical then surely the only reason to present them is to con people into thinking somehow they can achieve similar, albeit untypical results? And why include ‘YOUR FINANCES’? Does this indicate the more you pay the better your chance of making some money? Is there something waiting for the member such as an upgrade to no doubt ‘Gold’ or ‘Platinum’ membership?
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Still thinking of signing up or becoming an affiliate? Check out their affiliate links and banners. Note the daily amount varies from $315 to $325 a day, and yet of course that is not ‘typical’. So how much can you earn? Some ads say even less, around $295 a day. Old ads? Look at the Adwords copy at the bottom, read the click on banners. You can see this is a slick marketing operation selling subscriptions, not writing jobs. They merely collate all the jobs already freely advertised and send you the lists or allow access to their web site. If you can afford $47 a month and your time is so precious you can’t spend an hour a day surfing the better job sites yourself, then go ahead. Make them rich. Caveat emptor!