Hinky Gigs


Actual Job Postings from Craigslist 9/13/12

1.     independent writers wanted

Looking for freelance writers for new magizine id like articles on mma boxing fitness gyms and the such magizine is in the starting phase so all articles willbe volenteer with payment avalable
In the future iwith possable permanent possions avalable down the line

Note:  May I suggest you also hire a “profreader?”

2.     Need someone to write a copywrite sales letter for adult ebook

I need someone to write a copyright sales pitch letter with some fake reviews. I’m trying to sell a adult ebook and I need some one who is good at sales writing. Please send me a sample for your consideration and let me know your rate.

Note:  Instead of writing fake reviews, try writing a better book.

3. Staff Writer

BrokerPulse.com – the fastest growing digital media and networking platform in NYC’s real estate industry – is hiring Staff Writers.

Responsibilities include: integrated editorial workflow, copy-editing, gathering industry news, feature writing and web posting.

Ideal candidates possess a working knowledge of media and real estate. Moreover, we are looking for talented writers with an understanding of social media, and strong communication skills.

Initially, this is an unpaid position that will grow into a salary position for the right candidate. Essentially, the position is for writers who are looking to build their editorial portfolio and social following to ultimately secure a full-time job.

Send your resume and writing samples to lisa@brokerpulse.com

Note:  There’s a reason they call them brokers – if you work for them for free, you’ll be broke!

Writing Market: This One’s a Dud


Well, I admit it.  Every day I read the writing  job boards and every day I “kvetch” about the measly rates.  But every so often I find a gig listing that makes me curse like a sailor on steroids and Sugar Smacks!  Then I say a prayer and do a good deed to keep my karma clean.

Here’s a writing gig listing I saw today.

A new entertainment blog is looking for contributing writers, someone who knows their whereabouts in the celebrity field.  You will be expected to submit at least four or more articles per week. The company start up rates is $6 but will increase gradually. 
The job is available asap.

Let’s break it down:

First off, what does it mean when they require “someone who knows their whereabouts in the celebrity field?”   Where am I?  In the vast, make-believe tract of land where they store all the celebrities?  And my place in it?  Why, I suppose I’m somewhere between the Geico Gecko and the second generation Kardashians (the ones with Bruce Jenner’s last name.)

“At least four or more articles per week.”  You don’t need the words “or more” if you’ve already said “at least.”

“The company start up rates is six dollars but will increase gradually.” It should be start up rates are.  And whoa!  I wouldn’t want the rate to increase suddenly!  Like up to minimum wage or something.  Mercy.  Might make the old ticker skip a beat!

“The job is available asap.”  ASAP should be capitalized, as it’s an acronym, meaning as soon as possible.  But wait.  Isn’t every job available ASAP?  What are they, feeling out the candidates that they plan to hire two years from now?

I won’t give them free advertising by mentioning the company’s name here, but you can find their ad via the link to “Freelance Writing Gigs.”

Not for nuttin, as we say in Jersey, but if they paid a decent rate, they might find some decent writers responding.

All right, I’ve vented.  Later I’ll post a real, viable writing market to counteract this dud.


PUBSLUSH Test Drive: Week Two


So, in a previous post, I discussed the crowdsourced funding site, PUBSLUSH Press, and decided to take it for a test drive.  Writers upload ten pages of a work in progress and let the site’s readers decide if they want to pledge to buy the book once it’s completed.  I didn’t post a link to my manuscript during the first week so I could see what happens organically, without the benefit of publicizing it.

As it turns out, one person has supported my book already, which did surprise me.  I figured I’ll spread the word to my networks and see what happens next.  I doubt there will be any obligation to actually support my book – it takes 2000 supporters to reach completion.  At that point, PUBSLUSH will publish the whole book and promote it, etc.

Most writers who have been through the publication process will go right to the fine print and check out crucial elements, such as royalties and copyright reversion so they know what it is they’ll get out of the agreement.  Those still in the “cherished dream of writing” stage will go for the community feeling, the instant upload, and the easy progress tracking – it will be about the experience, not the end result of publication.

Just in case you want to see my book-in-progress, “Phyllis Stein,” here’s the link.  Please forgive the funky lines that show up here and there – some kind of formatting glitch that I decided to live with just so I could test the site.  Let me know your feedback about the PUBSLUSH Press site – is it a viable alternative to traditional publishing?  All comments welcome!



So I’d been hearing about “Crowdsourced Funding” and thought I’d give it a test run and report back on how it goes.  Yesterday I submitted ten pages of a manuscript to Pubslush and, so far, so good.  It’s fairly straightforward and the service is free.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Submit ten pages of a manuscript.
  • Tell friends and colleagues to check it out.
  • Readers view your excerpt and decide (hopefully) to support it.
  • Reach 2000 supporters (yikes!) and the full book will be published.

Customer service has been very responsive and it’s easy to check on the status of your book. Another positive feature is that Pubslush donates books to children in impoverished countries each time a book reaches publication stage.

Will keep you apprised as the process continues…