The Horrors of…freelance work

Ever want to make money writing? Sure, it’s easy, right? Everything from Copywriting to Editing to Screenplay to Novel work just falls into your lap as a writer.  Sorta. Everyone thinks they can write. Everyone thinks they can tell the best damn story alive. I’ve got this great idea, kid! All I need is a writer–I’d do it myself, but I’m quite busy, you see.  I bet you’d love to see your name on the dust jacket of a #1 best seller!

I’ve got this great idea, kid! All I need is a writer–I’d do it myself, but I’m quite busy, you see.  I bet you’d love to see your name on the dust jacket of a #1 best seller!

Do you mind helping me with my life long creative dream of writing a 3000-page screenplay? I’ll buy you lunch!

I want an EXPERT to do this! None of this Mickey Mouse clown crap!  I pay top rates–TOP RATES!!!…of less than 1 cent a word.

And the band marched on….

Today’s unrealistic offer comes to me via UpWork aka the ‘Hey, we used to only take 10% of your pay, now we gouge for 25, good luck, fuckers!’ company.  There are some great jobs I have found on UpWork (SexyFandom, I’m looking at you!) and some soul crushing utter shite that I won’t mention. I’ve had feature films and novels released via companies looking for freelancers on UpWork. I’ve also had some rather disturbing run-ins with….well…we won’t get into that. I’ll never look at Pool Cleaning the same way again, though.

The work offered today wasn’t targeted, but just on the ‘list of things to browse’ for me.  The work seems legit, but a few flags are highlighted.  If you need them explained… (less than 1/2 a cent per word, by the way).

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