said 1 year, 1 month ago:
@amyhallbiz Good advice about getting the 100-500 word rough draft from the buyer you’ll be ghostwriting for. For me, though, I’d rather get that in voicemail. That way I just transcribe the call and go to work. The buyer usually says more in a voice message, it’s easier for them so they’ll do it more and consistently so, and I don’t end up getting in a time-wasting conversation that goes back and forth. A written draft from them would be great, but I find it usually just creates a mess because then they’re ticky about this and that and inevitably wastes my time. If I start from scratch with their voice message, I can craft the whole article into something they’ll always love that makes them happy and helps me structure my time better.
Back when people would pay big bucks for good writing, I didn’t care about the time wasters. Now time is all I have and with the low pay people want to give for great writing, I won’t touch a client who doesn’t respect my time. Just me….
Right now I’ve got a real estate broker in another country I’m writing for and he loves everything I send him. Trying to work out a package deal now so we don’t waste time buying/selling/paying/getting paid. I just stumbled across this new model for getting paid online for multiple long-term jobs up front, so don’t know if it will work long-term, but crossing my fingers. Locally, that’s the only way I’ll work with a client. Don’t have time to waste on only one or two articles for one client. Hundred plus is the minimum because local clients tend to want to be pampered and I have to schedule that in (big time waster). I’ve only done this online as the buyer buying articles, never as the writer. All the same money to me, but I truly like editing better.
Anyone else selling bulk original articles online? Locally? Mind sharing your pricing? Mine depends whether online/offline from $10-25 per 500 word article depending on original, edited or curated with intros or roundups. (And this from a girl who used to charge 10 times that. Now I must sell in bulk and use subcontracted writers to write first drafts for 75% of what I create, editing their work to my standards so it can be published. My have things changed)!