Monthly Archives: June 2012

Time for some hardball

As stated earlier I have a non-paying client that I cannot get hold of, she owes me a lot of money and I don’t think I will see it.

There are only a few options I can pursue:

  1. Drop it all and forget the money, take it as a lesson learned
  2. Publish everything I sold her, despite the fact that her customers have published them. I have proof of when I wrote them
  3. Contact the websites where they are published and politely offer your services, after all if my customer is missing then they aren’t receiving blogs from her.

I chosen to go with option #3 for now. I just emailed one of the sites:

Hello:
I realize that you have been dealing with **** for your blog entries, I believe that she provided them to you on a monthly basis. I have not been able to contact her for quite a while now and I am uncertain if anyone has been covering her in her absence.
If she is not responsive to your requirements I would appreciate the opportunity to write your blogs, if even on a temporary basis.
I have several ghost writing projects I have done and a steady ghostwriting clientele including an engineering firm in Abu Dhabi, a wine enthusiast, a drug rehab facility, a dental facility and a ‘best of’ list.
I also have several published articles which can be found listed at http://killerteacup.wordpress.com/published-articles/. I am regular contributor to a used car blog http://carsugar.com/. My online portfolio of random writing can be found at http://killerteacup.wordpress.com/ and my personal blog can be found at https://ghostofawriter.wordpress.com/.
If you would like to discuss this further I can be reached via email at acarvelli@live.com
Sincerely:
April Carvelli
I’ve also given them links to all my blogs, so they will see this if they choose to look and will know that I am basically poaching, but I’m sort of poaching what I have already written. I am just skipping the middle man.
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Wow has it been two weeks already?

My son started full time daycare on the fourth and it doesn’t seem like I have done much of anything in the two weeks I have had.

Part of it is because of AT&T as they suddenly invoked usage caps on the internet. Our bill escalated and our bandwidth narrowed. When I called to complain I was told that the policy for usage limits has been in place for over a year, they just ‘missed us’ until now. I was a little ticked after all we got bad bandwidth to begin with and the phone was always full of static. At least once a month our Internet went down and I had to call them and deal with their idiot help desk. After the first month I knew that all they had to do was reset their server and it would be fine, but they all had to go through their script before they would run a  simple program. And I think that less than half of their help desk spoke English.

We have now dumped them and gone with Mediacom for cable internet and phone, it’s only been three days but the speed is impressive, no static on the line and for about the same price I also get unlimited long distance to US and Canada which is great for me. No more being tied to my OOMA for long distance calls (not that it isn’t good on its own, but I prefer being able to use any phone in the house)

This month actually started out pretty bad with the one thing that most freelancers dread, a non-pay. I wrote about 50 articles for this one woman and she appears to have vanished on me. I did get one email from someone claiming to be her assistant, and the assistant claimed that the woman is in the hospital, however I haven’t gotten anything since then I have sent multiple emails and payment requests.  Some of the articles have been published and I know what site they went to, maybe if I don’t hear from this woman in a month I will approach the site directly and ask if they want to hire a new writer. After all I need to get something from this. It doesn’t look like the other articles are published yet, maybe I will try to sell them before they get published. Anyone know a mental health site willing to buy blogs? Or a dentist?

 

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Published Articles

Just updated my list of  Published Articles. June is off to a good start for me.

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Sometimes it’s discouraging….

Even though I’m starting to do decent at this writing thing I still find it discouraging when I am turned down for jobs. It’s discouraging when I get comments like “you typo’d the rate? right?”, “too high”, ” you have to be kidding “,” we want to hire you, but we will only pay ….(less than half my quote)”. My favorite return comment was “I will pay the $50, but I want fifty articles for that.”

And the strange thing is that most of those comments are coming from North Americans, a country where everyone whines and complains about outsourcing to foreign countries. If you are only going to pay $1 for a 1000 word researched article then good luck getting it. The ridiculous thing is that these people are asking for North Americans to apply, then they turn us down because we want to make it worth our time. For a few of these job offers I could make more money picking up pennies on the street.

The European customers rarely bargain the price down, or if they do it’s still reasonable. In fact my European customers are my favorites, most of them pay promptly and they lay out exactly what they want.

Several of my American customers direct you to a competitors site to show what they want you do, without plagiarizing it, then complain when you give them something because its missing distinct elements from their competitors site. How many times do you have to tell them that if you did ‘XYZ’ like their competitor, then you are copying them. They just don’t get it.

Oh well, it seems most of my North American jobs have dried up anyhow. I just applied to a few more, lets see how they go.

 

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