‘Tis the Season

Ah, Christmas and the New Year – a time for reflection, reminiscing, and getting screwed along the way. Huh? As the new year approaches, I’ve been inundated with “You’ve been accepted!” notices from associations and organizations I’ve never heard of. In one case, I know it all too well.

I suggest you hand-select your own association to join. Don’t let them come to you. If you actively search for, research, and locate your own group, there’s less chance of paying substantial amounts for little benefit.

Also, it’s the time of year when the job offers come out of the walls. I’ve had about a dozen this last week, all from places promising “We need writers!” and “Work at your own pace!” Do yourself a favor – delete. If there’s no clear indication who the client is, what the work entails, and if they know your name (big clue if it’s addressed “Dear Writer”), it’s not an offer that promises your rate on your terms.

What’s been in your in box lately?

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  • Devon Ellington December 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Well, considering that 1and1 did an upgrade that's actually a downgrade, it's hard to say. Can't maneuver much with the email.

    However, I did get a contract addendum to something that published 3 years ago that earned back its advance, keeps on giving royalties, and is now expanding to additional rights, which means additional royalties.

    So that's all good!

    Pfft on this pay-per-1000 clicks crap. Give me actual percentage royalties of sales! 😉

  • Wendy December 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t know what you’re talking about. (LOL) I’ve gotten some real good ones lately. They’re from really friendly people too. They start off the email with “Dear Friend,” – you can’t get much friendlier than that, can you?

    They also state that they’ve been looking for someone with my level of expertise. It doesn’t matter that they don’t even mention what “expertise” that is. It could be that I’m an excellent snow shoveler. Maybe it’s my keen ability to forget where I laid my keys or my coffee cup just minutes prior. Wait, I know, it’s my athletic grace when my puppy trips me up and I fall on my tush. Uffda, that’s got to be it.

    Oh, I almost forgot… SHHH! The company is super, super secret. It’s so top secret that they don’t even mention the name in the body of the email at all. See, some of them can be really professional. (*cough*)

  • Paula December 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Wendy, I also happen to have some expertise….in the snow shoveling department. Maybe we should form a show removal company and start soliciting new employees with "Dear Friend" spam. Whaddya think?

  • Paula December 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Um, …snow removal. I've been typing show instead of snow all day. And yes, I need to go shovel soon, too.

  • Wendy December 22, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Paula, sounds great to me. We just have to make sure that find people with lots of "expertise". Don't tell them what kind of expertise we're looking for. We have to be super secret about it. I think we'd better get cracking though, it sounds like more snow is on the way…

  • Meryl K. Evans December 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Nothing… my inbox has been very quiet this week. At first, it was lonesome, but after reading this — I'll take quiet over scams and spam. 🙂