said 6 months, 2 weeks ago:
@stu-builder I can vouch that that’s definitely happening, Stu. Not upset over it, but I did get dinged when I was hired to “rewrite” a psychological article that really intrigued me. I had a long and equally intriguing back and forth via email about the topic, too… mostly me picking this guy’s brain because what he had written was just fascinating.
The ideas and message was stellar, but grammatically speaking, he couldn’t write his way out of a hat. It was serious and tedious work.
Then I turn in the work to the agency and I get dinged . What? On SME, I never go back to edit a typo or anything else these days. But I NEVER turn in editing work that is not 100% perfect.
So then they tell me they ran it through Copyscape and it didn’t pass. OMG!!!! Frankly, after my initial shock and suppressed anger at this jerk who lied to me about his contribution (zero) to the paper, I was then kind of miffed at Copyscape because the writing was soooooo poor, I almost had to rewrite 8 words out of every 10 and know there was not ONE sentence that had NOT been heavily edited or rewritten totally.
Still, I learned my lesson. I don’t write for other people anymore, unless it’s something I’ve already written and am selling to them. But I will never trust another human to tell me the truth about what they’ve written. Sorry, but been burned like that too many times. And THAT was my LAST time.
I love PLR and can totally 100% rewrite, rethink, reword, and completely reown a set of thoughts on someone else’s paper and make it uniquely mine. Hey, this is what I taught my students… Editing is where ALL good writing comes from. Good stories, however, come from great storytellers, some of whom can actually write purty guud Anglish. But that’s why the best have the best editors… so their writing doesn’t get in the way of their storytelling.
OK… saying Amen now… lol…