Monday, May 01, 2006

Freelance writers, editors, copy editors, proofreaders, web designers, etc.?

Are you an editorial/creative freelancer -- eg, a writer, editor, copy editor, proofreader, web designer, etc.? seeks submissions covering the following topics (you can write on one or all of the following, but please submit each separately):


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1. What was the worst job you ever had (doesn't have to be an editorial/creative position) before you began freelancing? Why?

2. What was the best job you ever had (doesn't have to be an editorial/creative position) before you began freelancing? Why?

3. What was the most money you ever made from ONE freelance assignment? How did you get the assignment?

4. What is the strangest thing you've ever written about, edited, copy edited, proofread, designed (website), etc.?

5. Have you ever turned down an assignment because of a personal/religious belief? What was it?

Submissions: All submissions should be at least 400 words (can be longer, but not shorter.) We are looking for accounts with a sense of humor, and those that are unusual and/or obscure. The funnier and more off-beat the account, the more likely we are to publish it.

Pay: $5/per submission. Must have a PayPal account. We pay on the date the submission is published.
A freelancer wrote in: "$5 seems like an awfully small amount to pay for an article and our expertise...."

My response was: I know, I know, I know.

FYI, for anyone else out there who feels this way, I just want to give a little background about I run the site as a hobby and when payment for content is offered, I pay from my own pocket.

Many sites don't pay anything and I am well aware of how underpaid and overworked freelancers are -- and I sympathize because I am one of them. However, I feel an obligation to keep the ste going because it gives editorial/creative professionals an insight into the world of other editorial/creative professionals. I feel that the only way to learn is to share information -- and if you can pick up a "little" cash in the process, then all the better.

If you find one bit of useful information on the site, it's because I have taken the time to either write it, research it and/or and post a link to it -- all for no pay. I happen to know that the site is a great resource because many write in to let me know. As an example, I just got the following email this past Friday from a user:

"I just wanted to send you a brag email – I am a former English major who now works in broadcast news – never got a formal grammar background. I certainly wasn’t versed in AP style at all. But then I got an offer for an interview for a copyediting job. In two days. And I was going to have to take an EDITING test. On AP STYLE. PANIC! I did a search, found your site, and after two days and evenings of doing AP Style tests non-stop and cramming with my brand new AP Stylebook, I aced my test and got asked back for a second interview! THANK YOU!" Erin Burt

So, if you are a freelancer who has the time, or just want to contribute out of the goodness of your heart -- great -- it is much appreciated. If not, then feel free to enjoy the accounts of those who do write in.

Y. Black, Publisher


Web2earn said...

Hello and congrats for having such a well organized blog. I’ve been working as a freelancer for a few years now, and I gradually eliminated the flaws and mistakes any newbie freelancer makes. Here are some of my thoughts: there are plenty of freelancing websites that offer free subscription, so you can try your luck with one of those. Of course, if you want to have less competition and access to better paid projects, try a subscription paid web site. You can then select the categories where you believe you are skilled in. Ranging from coding, beta-testing, graphic and web design and going to translations, content writing and data base management, you will definitely find a freelance category that will go well with your skills.

I also wanted to put together a free guide for beginners in the online freelancing world – you can check it out by reading my guide on the pros and cons of online freelancing I’d be happy to receive suggestions as to how to improve my guide and informative articles.


Michael Rad
Webmaster of

Inkwell Editorial said...


Thanks for taking the time to write in. You, too, have quite a well-organized -- and loaded! -- site.

Y. Black, Publisher