Four more days for you to send or post your worth-inducing advice and qualify for the Writers Worth Day contest – don’t forget to either post your tip here or email it to me. Remember, it has to be a tip that inspires writers to improve their earnings potential, draw their professional boundaries, or in some way motivates them to work more professionally.
Today’s worthy tip – redefine what is legitimate work. And maybe that’s where the new and frustrated writers are going astray. The offers for $10 articles and articles paying .001 per word seem very much like writing jobs. But they’re not – they’re scams designed to part you with your time and talent. Instead of seeing these as work options, see them as scams. Just because the work is writing-related doesn’t equate automatically to a “writing” project. Once a year the IRS asks me to add, subtract, multiply, and pull my hair out, but that doesn’t make it an “accounting” job. More to the point, if I do it, I’m not an accountant – no, not even for those few, frustrating hours.
So for today, for this week, reassess every single project you consider. Don’t waste any time on a posting that decreases your rate to abysmal levels. Choose the pay rate you expect and hold firm.
What should you say when you’ve applied for a job that turns out to be one of these scam offers? No thank you. While I’m all for telling these fools how ridiculous their offers are, and I have, but I’ve learned long ago that the time and frustration wasted on these people will never be recouped. Spend that time looking for legitimate work.
Writers, what are some of the “offers” you’ve found that are really scams meant to take advantage of your time and talent?