Today’s post is another update on a client I first wrote about here. I swear, it’s like all of my troublesome clients have come out of the woodworks lately.
Just to do a quick recap, this was a client who owns endless websites. He hired me to write copy for 25 of them initially. Then, we were to keep going and going and going.
In our last interaction, I had about 30 pages of content to turn into him. A couple of days before I was to turn in the copy, he sent me an email telling me to halt production. Now, as he had already paid upfront, I wasn’t upset about this. What upset me was the fact that this client has a tendency to change his mind in the middle of a project.
After trudging through the project (copy I didn’t particularly enjoy writing, as I kvetched about here), my immediate thought was, “What now?”
Read the rest here.
Tomorrow’s Post: In tomorrow’s post, I’ll detail the story of a client who has a tendency to leave projects hanging in the wind – eg, complete part of it, then wait days or weeks before getting on with successive parts. This costs you money. How do you handle this – stay tuned?
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Freelance Writing Jobs from the Public Request Section of Constant-Content.com (read more about this here).
Title: Boat Accessories
Description: Looking for easy to read, conversational style articles about boat accessories
Article amount: 5
Content length: 300 - 500
Subjects: Boat Accessories
Notes: subjects like 7 great ways ... 5 tips to .... how to .... etc
Title: April Topics
Description: Introduction We are interested in your offer to write for AAC. A quality mix of professional objectivity and personal subjectivity. To post A.M. 3/31/08. AAC wants solid writers with the following; Objective yet remain true to your beliefs and ideology; running the complete spectrum from conservative-moderate-liberal, from republican-independent--democrat. AAC remains unbiased, providing our members multiple informed perspectives to form their own opinions, to result in informed decision-making. We do not endorse particular positions, products, companies, organizations, etc.... Pls read our Founding Principles. Pls review ActiveAmericans.com As well pls review the following editorial topic list for April 2008. April Topic Planner 1. Pet Month a. PetSmart others b. Pet stories c. Pet care d. Pet health e. Pet insurance f. Pet supplies g. Pet gadgets h. Pet hotels i. Travel w/pets i. Accepting hotels/restaurants, etc… 2. Member Health Topics a. Parkinson\'s – Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic, Medtronic, Deep Brain Neurostimulation b. Obesity- Dr. Gillian c. Foot Health- Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon d. Health and life insurance e. Purchase Policy f. Policy Replacement 3. Gardening - Arbor Day Landscaper\'s 4. Clutter - collectors (things) psychology, advisor, loss of something, depression, spring cleaning – list/matrix of quick self-help and organizations 5. Volunteer Appreciation
Article amount: Multiple
Content length: 400-800
Subjects: April Topic Planner 1. Pet Month a. PetSmart others b. Pet stories c. Pet care d. Pet health e. Pet insurance f. Pet supplies g. Pet gadgets h. Pet hotels i. Travel w/pets i. Accepting hotels/restaurants, etc… 2. Member Health Topics a. Parkinson\'s – Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic, Medtronic, Deep Brain Neurostimulation b. Obesity- Dr. Gillian c. Foot Health- Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon d. Health and life insurance e. Purchase Policy f. Policy Replacement 3. Gardening - Arbor Day Landscaper\'s 4. Clutter - collectors (things) psychology, advisor, loss of something, depression, spring cleaning – list/matrix of quick self-help and organizations 5. Volunteer Appreciation
Notes: Review AAC for additional writing opportunities for all subjects in Article Browser.
Title: Book Reviews
Description: Book reviews on the following books; Eat Pray Love The Road \"The Year of Living Biblically\" by AJ Jacobs \"27 Most Important Things to Think About at Point of Impact\" ‘Zeitgeist’ I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron Grisham\'s book Playing for Pizza Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett Twilight series Wildfire by Nelson DeMille the Virgin of Small Plains\" by Nancy Pickard
Article amount: Multiple
Content length: 200-300
Subjects: Eat Pray Love The Road \"The Year of Living Biblically\" by AJ Jacobs \"27 Most Important Things to Think About at Point of Impact\" ‘Zeitgeist’ I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron Grisham\'s book Playing for Pizza Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett Twilight series Wildfire by Nelson DeMille the Virgin of Small Plains\" by Nancy Pickard
Notes: Reviews of all NYT Best Seller list accepted.
Title: Articles Needed for My Humanitarian-Themed Blog
Description: I recently started a blog entitled \"Making a Difference With 20 Dollars or Less\" and I have been writing short articles describing ways people (mainly college students) can make a difference in their community. Topics covered so far include volunteering for Bigs Brothers/Big Sisters of America, donating blood, etc. However, I would like to expand this blog to include fresh content, new ideas, and different voices. Each article can be between 300-1000 words in length and be written in an informal and encouraging style. Links may be included so long as they are pertinent to the information being presented e.g. if you are talking about the American Cancer Society, I would like you to provide contact details (link, telephone number, and address, if necessary). This blogs is updated regularly so I will require content on a weekly basis. Thank you for your time and interest.
Article amount: Indefinite
Content length: 300-1000
Subjects: Volunteerism, community service, philanthropy
Notes: The targeted audience is college students, though I hope to be able to make this blog useful to anyone who wishes to read it.
Title: Articles About Personalized Gifts
Description: Hello. Looking for writers to create fun and informative 400 word articles on the following topics: * The history of Father\'s Day * The history of Mother\'s Day * The history behind \"birthday gifts\" * The history behind \"wedding gifts\" * Outrageous birthday gifts in history * Famous gifts in history (gifts given by famous actors/artists/writers/figures to others). For example, Van Gogh painted a picture of a blossom tree for his nephew). Looking for meaningful gifts like that, nothing like \"JLO bought her mom a car.\" *History of billiards *History of American baseball Full rights please. For a general audience.
Article amount: 20
Content length: 400
Subjects: Gifts History Mother\'s Day Father\'s Day Birthdays Weddings Billiards Baseball
Notes: Looking for unique, fun, and informative articles with full rights.
Title: Fun articles about various topics
Description: Looking for full-rights. Fun and informative 400 word (give or take some) articles about the following topics: *History of bowling *History of the Hollywood Sign *History of the Hollywood Walk of Fame *Famous sunsets (article about famous sunets whether it be a quote in a book, a scene in a movie, or in real life....please list about seven.) *Famous boats in literature...discuss of famous boats in literature or the movies...main focus should be boats, so please do not discuss any one book or movie too long. *History of aviation *History of Halloween *Legend of the Jack-O-Lantern *General article about flowers...what they symbolize, represent, how they\'ve been represented in literature, etc. *History of skateboarding *History of Scrabble *How America came to love \"cappuccino\" *Article about beaches...most famous beaches, favorite beach destinations...how is sand created...beaches in literature...favorite beaches of famous writers in history....etc. *How the iPod came to be *What to consider when guying a gift for a \"techie\"...please don\'t include any specific gift items. *History of the dollar bill...fun dollar bill trivia *Article about pigs (pig trivia, piggy bank history, fun facts, unique information...article format please.)
Article amount: 30+
Content length: 400
Subjects: Many, please see description
Notes: Thank you. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Title: Fun and informative articles
Description: In need of fun and informative articles (400 words, full rights) on the following topics. *History of wedding bands *History of wine making *Top tropical vacations *Using recognition awards to boost employee moral *The importance of business gifts (giving gifts to clients) *History of golf *History of American soccer *History of astronomy *History of cheerleading *History of spices *History of the Bentley (please also include famous people who own them) *History of the Corvette (please also include famous people who own them) *History of the Camaro (please also include famous people who own them) *List of the tallest buildings in Chicago...and where they rate as tallest buildings in world...with source information. *History of the Eiffel Tower *History of candy *History of Easter egg hunting *Personalizing your stationery (no specific products please, just a fun article how the benefits) *Benefits of personalizing your corporate gifts (would like some stats/source info) *Benefits of giving recognition awards to clients (would like some stats/source info) *Benefits of adding motivational posters to the office (would like some stats/source info) *Benefits of personalizing your gifts
Article amount: 10+
Content length: 400
Subjects: Many general topics.... gifts history business
Notes: Would like full rights.
Title: Articles on the city of Nong Khai in Thailand
Description: I am creating a locally based information portal on the city of Nong Khai in Thailand. I require some articles to be individually written and based on the subjects I have selected below, they need to be fairly comprehensive where possible and up to date.
Article amount: 4
Content length: no set minimum or maximum
Subjects: Things to do and places to visit in Nong Khai province. Restaurants and local businesses in the Nong Khai province. Accomodation and travel information in Nong Khai General local area information on Nong Khai and the surrounding areas.
Notes: Comprehensive aricles. Photos (if possible) would be a good advantage.