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Wanted Writer

Today a friend sent me a link to an ad on Craigslist, and I simply had to post it.  It speaks for itself wonderfully! 


Date: 2011-04-22, 11:29AM PDT
Reply to: gigs-zbmxd-2340731751@craigslist.org
[Errors when replying to ads?]

We’re looking for writers to write about scammers who steal the services of professional writers. CL has shown many complaints regarding this problem. We want someone to write a piece on how NOT to get ripped off. Use the following common-sense outline:

1) Get ALL specific financial details UP FRONT. If the post doesn’t specify an amount, IGNORE the post. If the post implies that you should work for free or for “deferred payment,” or for anything other than money, FLAG the post.

2) Do thorough background checks. If they don’t have a website (but you think they should), IGNORE the post.

3) IF YOUR CLIENT REFUSES TO PAY: Compose a polite email calmly pointing out that the employer is legally obligated to make payment as promised. Mention that you’ve saved all their phone and email messages, and don’t forget to use the word “LEGALLY.”

4) In the event that these selfish creeps still fail to pay you, write another polite email explaining that you have spoken to an attorney and that if payment isn’t sent immediately, you will have no choice but to file a lawsuit. Smaller amounts are handled in Small Claims Court.

These steps usually work. I should know. I’m a writer too. I don’t get ripped off anymore. Hope this helps.

Location: Anywhere
it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Compensation: Your deadbeat employers will pay you what they owe you.
PostingID: 2340731751

I would also like to add that there is a union for Freelance Writers to help protect those of us who have been taken advantage of.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT!    http://www.freelancersunion.org/index.html


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Social media with a twist: To buddy or not to buddy

Wonders never cease!  First of all, it’s 3:27 am, and I am up (not writing as you might suppose), but sitting here drinking hot lemon and agave nectar, blowing my nose, sucking on a cough drop, and pretending that I don’t actually have a cold.  Since I am up and here, I thought I would share something that recently happened to me on one of our social network sites.

It doesn’t happen too often, but a number of months ago someone contacted me on my website and asked me to write a press release for them.  So, naturally I did.  They were very happy with the outcome, complimented my work, yada, yada, ya, and I emailed them a typical billing invoice.  Because it was only a press release, I didn’t charge them a deposit, which I normally do for larger writing/editing jobs, but told them that payment would be due when the final draft was completed. This should have been obvious.


One month passed, two months passed, and now we are at the 9 month mark… sort of like a pregnancy… I am “still” waiting for payment.  Small claims court would work “if” the client was local, but he’s about 2,000 miles north.  Naturally, I re-sent the invoice several times with an accompanying letter that became more direct with each revision.  It’s been to no avail.  One would think this person dropped off the planet.


I received an email yesterday on my Linked-in account.  It’s always exciting to see the little orange box lit up with a new connection invitation.  I have actually met some amazing people on Linked-in, and gotten a number of clients through Linked-in.  Linked-in is great.  Linked-in is not a problem.


It did come as a complete surprise to find an invitation for connection from the client who stiffed me.

It’s a good thing I have a sense of humor, because I did send him another reminder that he never did pay for services rendered, and it might be a good idea to reconcile his bill with me before buddying up on Linked-in!

Just a thought…


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Why did I do it?

It’s been a long day.  In fact, it seems to be getting longer, given the fact it is approaching 3 am.  I am not really a night owl by nature, but sometimes it just happens, you know?

It began with a large cup of coffee and ended with a glass of California red wine, which would have been fine, if I hadn’t had the other 5 cups of coffee spread throughout the day.  Why did I do it?  Most likely the motivation was, “energy,” but now I am sleepless in Carmel.

Of course, writers are notorious for being big coffee drinkers and staying up into the wee hours of the morning, squeezing every drop of creative juice from their head to the paper (in this case computer).  It’s moments like this that make me realize why so many writer’s end up working freelance.  Certainly the restrictions of needing normal sleep hours are just too much for their creative masterminds.  These nocturnes, day sleepers, diurnally challenged word crafters that seem to get by on little-to-no sleep are not recognized as unique segments of society.  In fact, while no one would admit to discriminating against night owls, it is certain that such partisanship exists, especially in the office place.

However unjust and unfair it seems though… in order to be fair… I must admit that good sleep helps to produce good work.  For example, it is doubtful that a news columnist for a prominent paper is going to be able to pump out article after article, meeting every deadline on 2-3 hours sleep a night.

Here are some interesting facts:

Research by Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders Center found that people who slept eight hours and then claimed they were “well rested” actually performed better and were more alert if they slept another two hours. That figures. Until the invention of the lightbulb (damn you, Edison!), the average person slumbered 10 hours a night.

2 // Night owls are more creative.
Artists, writers, and coders typically fire on all cylinders by crashing near dawn and awakening at the crack of noon. In one study, “evening people” almost universally slam-dunked a standardized creativity test. Their early-bird brethren struggled for passing scores.

3 // Rising early is stressful.
The stress hormone cortisol peaks in your blood around 7 am. So if you get up then, you may experience tension. Grab some extra Zs! You’ll wake up feeling less like Bert, more like Ernie.

Read More http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-01/st_3st#ixzz0rfYz6vDd

However, despite my current plight, I really am more of a morning person.  My biological time clock functions much better early on.  Even though I have no problem getting up in the morning when I stay up late, it is certain my ability to think sharply will be dulled somewhat.

(Next morning at the office) “Oh, um, it’s Thursday, but Barney thinks it’s Friday… so we won’t tell him… just keep that going.”

Night owls generally have a different idea about there propensity to “stay up” all night.

“I really haven’t got time to be tired…No matter what hour it is.”

“I really never get tired unless I stop and make time for it.”

“Sometimes I purposely stay up late, just so I can have my morning coffee before bed.”

“Sleep is like the unicorn–it’s rumored to exist, but I doubt that I will see any.”

So, if you are a coffee drinker and a writer, this is a bad combination.  Instead of drinking coffee during the day, you may want to take another tack.  On the other hand, if you are a night owl then take solace, because new research suggests that night owls are more likely to be creative thinkers. Scientists can’t yet fully explain why evening types appear to be more creative, but they suggest it could be an adaptation to living outside the norm. Hans Van Dongen, associate research professor at the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University, helped to discover the biological explanation behind morning and evening types.  He and his colleagues found that a small group of brain cells, called suprachiasmatic nuclei, emit signals to the body that synchronise the time of day. This biological clock runs two hours ahead in morning types and two hours later in evening types.

“One could reasonably envision a link between the personality trait of extroversion and the finding of creativity,” Van Dongen says.

So, if you happen to be a writer and a night owl, don’t blame it on the coffee, but blame it on your brain!!!

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Regurgitating English: What are we digesting?

As a professional writer, I am more aware of syntax, poor grammar and punctuation issues than the average Joe or Josephine. In fact, it almost seems like there are increasing issues as our technology continues to rapidly develop. With the imploding invasion of the ability to text message on cell phones, tweet ourselves silly, or leave moment by moment updates in just about every social network site on the planet, we are facing a new type of functional illiteracy. While I have always been an avid user of the dictionary, I find myself continuously at a loss with many of the text messages, instant messages and/or emails that I receive. It is concerning when I read written messages conveyed by people and I cannot even begin to decipher what they are trying to say. Something is seriously wrong with this picture. It is like being served chopped liver, and we need a new dictionary to help digest and process what many people are trying to say!

I am not sure whether I would be so sensitive to this situation if it were not for the fact that work as a writing professional. I have friends who are English professors that have admitted that this is becoming unbearable for them as well.

This problem is everywhere, to include the business world. Sloppy resumes with misspelled words, or websites advertising products and representing companies with the companies names misspelled (yes, I have seen it all)! Websites that are filled with incorrect spelling, bad vocabulary and atrocious grammar. You don’t have to go far to find this. With the click of your mouse, you can find a wide array of sites filled with menus that are a regurgitation of what used to be proper English.

Perhaps I am wrong, but if a website or ad is not written to an acceptable and intelligent standard, it might cost you business. Having award-winning images and stellar graphics are worthless if the content is not right. In fact, I believe it is a serious waste of money!


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