RAISE YOUR RATES
My very first bid that I won was a job of $60 for 10 posts of 500 words or less.
Elance took thier cut and I was paid something like $6 per post.
After that job, I was invited to more. Now remember that you will get 1 out of every 20 jobs you bid. But you're not looking for money right now. (I know, I know I started off with Raising your rates) But your still building credibility.
Once you've got a few stellar star ratings, you can be choosey about your jobs.
I hear the banner whine of losers everywhere coming through--"But the tough economy!"
Stop it. Stop playing a victim. Copy editing has never been more expensive in the history of man right now. You know what I had to pay for a simple paragraph for one of TRP's books coming out? A masterful paragraph, but I PAID for that paragraph--and the editor who did it LOVED the story! *SQUEEE* Okay, moving on.
My point, writer's are getting paid bank. If you're tummy is rumbling it might be difficult to NOT take that $6/per post job. But, you are worth more and once you have PROVEN you are worth more, the higher paying, respectful clientele will not mind paying you your worth.
Those that pay well respect your time and talent. They understand that you are an asset. Yes, you'll find jay-holes, even on elance, but most of them are the people that don't have a clue as to what good writing is and therefore, don't pay you for it.
1. Go over your Bio and read it. Would you hire you?
2. Take all sentences starting with the letter "I" and reword it.
Also, take out the part where you started writing when you were a kid. Every child in America started writing when they were about 5--I had much love of words in kindergarten too!
Give a client your best work here. They need to be convinced of your writing abilities not told about it. If you start off by saying Vampires taught you to write...then maybe that's something, but make the Bio interesting. Your a book! Get that reader to open your pages!
Next up: Go for repeat customers.
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~ Sincerley, Your Editor
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