From the monthly archives:

November 2007

Elance Alternatives For Ghostwriters

by Amanda J Evans on November 30, 2007

I have been waiting patiently before making this post to see if Elance would make any further changes to their new proposed membership plans. Unfortunately they haven’t so I have decided it’s time to list some alternative websites for ghostwriting jobs.

I’m going to start with some of the free ghostwriting jobs sites:

Get A Freelancer
Get A Coder
Rent A Ghostwriter
Freelance Writing Gigs
Essay Writers
Sun Oasis
Online Writing Jobs
Go Freelance
Academia Research
Direct Freelance
Freelance Writing Center

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How To Manage Your Ghostwriting Time More Effectively

by Amanda J Evans on November 21, 2007

I received a very interesting article in my inbox today that I thought I would share with everyone.  It’s all about time management and following the 80/20 rule.  It makes a lot of sense and there are a few things in this article that I will personally be implementing.  Read it for yourself and tell me what you think:

Manage Your Time to Earn More In Less Time

By Terry Dean

People talk about the 80/20 rule quite a bit. 20% of your customers produce 80% of your profits.  80% of your problems come from 20% of the customers.  20% of your activities produce 80% of your results.

Let’s talk about this in regard to how you’re spending your time. Since 80% of your activities only produce 20% of your results, and the other 20% of your activities are producing 80% of your results…wouldn’t you be better off concentrating only the 20%?

Let’s say someone works 12 hour days. It’s almost unbelievable to me that people work that much, but I’ve spoken with MANY who do so. Sure I could understand and have done a 12 hour day right before a vacation or on the last day of finishing a project. But working that long every single day? That’s the surefire recipe for a breakdown, both physically and mentally.

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Is Elance Listening To Writers?

by Amanda J Evans on November 16, 2007

I just received an e-mail from Jon Diller of Elance this morning that lists a number of changes that they have now made to the new payment plans. Looks like they might be listening to us writers (well just slightly). It seems that the number of complaints and threatened membership cancellations has not fallen on deaf ears. Here’s what Elance have to say:


“Earlier today, we announced modifications to the new membership structure to incorporate some of the feedback we have received from members of our community during the last several days. No action is required from you, but we want to let you know about the changes.

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Have Elance Made A Big Mistake

by Amanda J Evans on November 14, 2007

Seems like every freelance writer is that uses Elance is up in arms.  Yesterday I informed you about the changes Elance are making come the 4th December.  I didn’t really pay too much attention to them because unlike a lot of other freelancers out there I very seldom bid on Elance unless I am going through a quiet patch.  I kept up with my membership though as it was paid on a yearly basis and I knew it was there if I needed it.

I have been with Elance for a number of years now and have excellent feedback too.  I built up my client base using Elance and I always thought of it as the best freelance jobs website around, until now.

I have been doing a little digging today and it seems like Elance might not be the company I thought.  After reading up on their proposed changes and reading the views of a large number of very angry writers on the Elance Water Cooler it seems like all Elance is interested in is lining their own pockets.

Writers are up in arms and most are reporting that their fees will rise from approx $189 per year to over $500.  This is ridiculous and most of the writers are saying they are going to leave and move their business elsewhere.

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Elance Announces Membership Structure Changes

by Amanda J Evans on November 13, 2007

Elance are about to make some big changes that will take effect on the 4th December.  Whether these are a good thing or not remains to be seen but on initial examination I think I am in favor.

Here’s a summary of what Elance have to say:

On December 4, 2007, Elance will introduce a new provider membership structure to simplify the available plans, make it easier for you to choose the right plan for your business and reduce the cost of submitting a proposal for the majority of projects on Elance.

Summary of Changes
The new membership structure is simple, easy to understand and less expensive for most service providers. Highlights include:

Fewer categories – We will merge some service categories, reducing the number of primary categories from 11 to 8. For many of our providers, this will reduce the number of categories needed to maintain memberships, creating significant cost savings.
Simplified membership plans – We will reduce the number of membership options by eliminating the quarterly and annual memberships – offering each category at the same price. Previously, providers had 90 possible options to choose from. Monthly plans are the most popular on Elance; they provide the flexibility to pay-as-you-go, maintaining your membership only during the months when you want to work.

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Ghostwriting Interview Published

by Amanda J Evans on November 8, 2007

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Yuwanda Black Editor of the Inkwell Editorial.  I couldn’t believe it when I received her e-mail requesting an interview and I answered her mail immediately.

Today I received the link to this e-mail so if anyone is interested in reading my ghostwriting interview please feel free.  This is an insight into how I built up my ghostwriting career and how I got to where I am today.  There is nothing left out in this interview so if you are wondering if ghostwriting is the career choice for you I suggest you check this interview out.

Until next time,

Keep writing.


An Excellent Way To Practice Short Sentences

by Amanda J Evans on November 5, 2007

In today’s world short is everything.  When completing writing of any kind most clients want short sentences and short paragraphs.  Call it the web but it seems that most people skim through web pages without actually reading the content.  So in order to get your point across you need to keep your sentences short and to the point.

I’ve just been browsing and came across a great website that will help you to hone your short sentence writing skills.  It’s called Espresso Stories and the idea behind it is that you write a complete story in just one or two sentences no more than 25 words in total.  It’s a great way to get your juices flowing so why not check it out when you get a chance.

Until next time,



Writing Words That Sell

by Amanda J Evans on November 4, 2007

Browsing through a number of writers blogs this morning I came across an interesting post on writing words that sell.  Take a look for yourself and make note of these words especially when you are writing sales copy.

Until next time,

Keep writing


Your Checklist For Ghostwriting Effective Articles

by Amanda J Evans on November 3, 2007

Before ghostwriting an article, have you ever felt overwhelmed by a blank sensation, not knowing where to start?

…I’ll bet you have!

This checklist should help you eliminate some common problems in writing articles:

1. Have a specific purpose in mind.

Always have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing: you should be crystal clear about what are you hoping to accomplish by writing your article.  Is it an article clarifying an issue for your client’s customers, to attract prospects, to improve the link
popularity for their website? Ask your client to clarify this for you.

2. Know your client’s target population.

Before ghostwriting an article, conduct research on the target population. What are their experiences, their interests, and their wants in the chosen topic? What pain or problem do they try to avoid?

3. Develop a detailed outline first, stressing on the benefits.

Now that you have a purpose and a target, organize  your article so that scanning it quickly will immediately show readers how they will benefit from it and what are the most important points.

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