Ghostwriting – Getting Everything Right

by Amanda J Evans on October 5, 2010

EzineArticles can be a very good source of information and today I wanted to repost an article that I found very interesting.

Why Is The Use Of Good Grammar Important?

By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Jack_Osborne]Jack Osborne

Good grammar to one skilled in grammatical skills is smooth and easy communication. Bad grammar is similar to an off-key note to a trained musician.

Good Grammar is important in so many ways. When you speak or write, you have an opportunity to make an important first impression. It might be with someone you never will meet again so it may not matter. However, it might be with a possible future employer, a future spouse, someone who will secure your entrance to a college or give you a mortgage to buy a house. You may never know your audience, or what the outcome will be.

And did I say that a first impression doesn’t matter if you’ll never see the person again? Of course it matters! It matters to you, the speaker or writer. Being able to communicate with style and correct grammar often makes a better impression than physical appearance, references, or college degrees. Good grammatical skills should be a matter of pride. No one should be afraid to speak for fear that they will communicate poorly.

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Using Your Research Skills To Save Money On Accommodation

by Amanda J Evans on September 21, 2010

One of the things I love about being a freelance writer is the fact that I can work anywhere in the world. My husband and I are planning a trip to Australia for his 40th birthday next year and I am really looking forward to it.

He made enquiries with our local travel agent and the cost was absolutely ridiculous. Putting on my research cap I decided to look online and see how much money we could save. There are plenty of accommodation websites but one that seems to be particularly good is Go Accommodation.

One of the things that stood out for me is the simplicity of this website. You just click where you want to stay and everything is there on the page. I have to admit, I was really shocked at the difference in the prices on this website compared to what the travel agent had quoted. We were saving nearly 40% on the accommodation.  This website is so easy to navigate and the choice of accommodation is fantastic and you can choose from hotels, resorts and apartments.  As we are treating ourselves we will be booking into different hotels for the duration of our stay but even at that the price is amazing.  If you are on a budget you can choose cheap accommodation and if you are splashing out like we are there is luxury accommodation.

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Ghostwriting Jobs – Knowing When To Say No

by Amanda J Evans on September 7, 2010

It took me a while to get to the stage I am at now where I can look at ghostwriting jobs and know which ones to go for and which ones to avoid. There are a few warning signs that I look out for when I look at the different jobs online and today I want to share a few of these with you.

One of the first things that really strike the warning bells with me is when someone writes in the job description “this is a simple job for someone who knows what they are doing”.  If this is the case, why aren’t they doing the job themselves?  How do they know that the job is going to be easy?  This to me is a sure sign that someone is looking to have work done for virtually no payment. When I see this I just close my browser because I know this ghostwriting job is not worth it.

Another thing I hate is where someone lists a great job and you get really excited until you get to the end where they mention that unfortunately at the moment they can’t pay much and only have a low budget but that they will be providing a lot of work long term to the winning bidder.  You see this quite a lot on the bidding websites and quite frankly it is just another ploy to get people to work for nothing.  They people don’t have a huge workload for you to do; it is just a way to suck people in and getting them bidding low rates for the chance of long term work.  Again my friends avoid this type of job.

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Another Place To Showcase Your Work

by Amanda J Evans on September 3, 2010

The other day I found a great new website where writers can showcase their work.  I have to admit, that I don’t normally sign up with websites like this but this one caught my eye.  It’s called Broowaha, strange I know, and its tagline is “Your shared news and views”.  It actually looks really well too.  There are plenty of different categories that you can choose to write in and if you are looking to brand yourself in a particular niche this could be the way to go.

You can write about whatever you like which is something that really appealed to me.  I have three articles on this website now and in the space of three days they have received nearly 500 views.  Now that is great publicity wouldn’t you say? For a little bit more, here are the links to my articles:

Design Your Own Relationship
Ever Wondered Why You Can’t Lose Weight?
Canada To Make Cannabis Cars

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Would You Accept Less For Guaranteed Work?

by Amanda J Evans on August 26, 2010

Here’s a question for everyone today.  With the freelance writing rates declining fairly rapidly I want to ask you today, would you take less pay if you were guaranteed work.  As a freelancer I have to admit that bidding on jobs can be quite tiresome and with so many people not even awarding their jobs at the end of the bidding time, bids are being wasted especially on sites such as Elance.  I’m glad that I don’t rely on Elance to provide me with work as I also work for another freelance company too.  The pay is less than what I would charge on Elance but the work is guaranteed and I can take as much or a little as I like.

This company has a number of writers and when we log in to the admin system there is a large list of articles available.  What you do is choose the article you want to write.  The great thing is, that you can’t take another article until you have posted the one you have previously chosen.  You have 48 hours to submit your chosen article too.  What I love about this compared to other freelance companies that I have worked with is the fact that ever article is listed seperately so you never get bored doing keyword articles.

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What Choices Do You Have As A Ghostwriter

by Amanda J Evans on August 20, 2010

Today I want to talk about the different choices you have when it comes to ghostwriting and getting paid to write.  There are lots of discussions around the internet for each of the methods that I am going to list here so you can do research and find out what is best for you if you want.

If you are just starting out it is easy to get sidetracked with all the different types of ghostwriting jobs.  They can however be broken down into three simple choices.  These are:

  • Content Mills
  • Bidding websites
  • Private work

Content mills is where you write articles and content for different websites and you either get paid on a per article basis, you get a share of the revenue earned or you get a set amount per thousand page views.  There is a lot of bad press related to these content mills but I like to stay clear of this.  In my opinion these websites wouldn’t exist if people weren’t making money from them.

The website that I would be most familiar with in this category is Helium.  I have an account with them and I have no complaints.  Helium pay you per article and you also get money for page views too.  I have to admit, that I don’t use it very often but the articles that I do have on this website continue to earn me money every single day.  The more you promote these articles the more money you will make.  I know that one of my articles that I published on this website earlier this year has already made me over $200 so I guess that’s not bad for a 500 word article.  You have to have $25 in your account before you can request a payment and payment is via paypal.

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The Worst Freelance Writing Jobs

by Amanda J Evans on August 13, 2010

I have an account with freelancer.com (formerly Get A Freelancer) and I have to say it makes me laugh when I read the email notifications that arrive in my inbox every day.  These emails are to notify me of new freelance writing jobs and they probably arrive every 10 minutes.  Yes, there really is a lot of work available on this website but you would have to be desperate to even bid on any of them.

Here’s an example of a job that was posted today at 10am.

Description
Hi,

I need people who I can send articles to and they can send it back to me within two hours. If you cannot do this, please do not bid on this project. Accordingly, I ask that along with your bid you send a PM stating what hours are you free to do this article. If I accept your bid, I will send you an article around those times and if you accept you MUST send me a PM telling me so that I do not give the article to someone. Depending onyour turnaround time, I might send more than one article to you per day. In your bid please write “I’m ready” to show that you read this project. Bids without this will not be accepted.The pay is .002 X words count. If the article is 400 words, the pay rate will be $0.80 USD Please send your times according to the Pacific Standard Time (PTS) Each rewrite must not be more than 10 words less than the original article. At least one word outof every three words must be different. This article must also make sense grammatically.

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How Much Is A High Paying Ghostwriting Job

by Amanda J Evans on August 10, 2010

When it comes to ghost writing jobs one of the biggest debates has to be that of rates and what you should get paid for your work. We’ve all seen it, blogs where people claim that they are getting $100 per article.

You’ve seen these too right?

I remember when I was quite happy to get $15 per article and then I read a blog post like that.  Suddenly $15 wasn’t good enough.  The enthusiasm I had for my work disappeared and I began to feel like I was being cheated.

I’m sure you can probably relate to this too.

Once you stop appreciating your rates you really do set yourself up for a fall.  One thing that must be said is that high paying jobs are different for everyone.  If you are currently getting $3 per article then a high paying ghost writing job for your could be $10 an article.  This could be peanuts to someone else though.  You see, rates are different for everyone.

Your high paying job is what you choose it to be. For me a high paying ghostwriting job would be $50 for a search engine optimized keyword article.  Yes I would be happy with this and there have been numerous occasions where I have received it too.

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Freelance Writing – What I Don’t Miss About 9 to 5

by Amanda J Evans on August 2, 2010

Yesterday I shared with you some of the things I missed about working 9 to 5 so today I thought I would flip the coin and tell you what I don’t miss.

  1. Office Gossip
  2. Being too tired to play with my children in the evening
  3. Having to look for childcare
  4. Spending the weekend doing household chores
  5. Having to get home and start cooking late in the evening
  6. Office Politics
  7. Have to dress appropriately
  8. Having to take orders

You might have a couple more that you could add to this list too.  When I think about my life as a stay at home mom and a freelancer I think about how lucky I am.  I get to take my children to school every day.  If they are sick I am at home to look after them.  I don’t spend my entire weekend catching up on housework and I don’t have to look for childcare when my children are on holidays.

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My blog has been online since 2007 so today I thought I would provide you with some links to some of the posts that were featured here in 2007 and to see how many of them are still relevant today.

  1. Ghostwriting Jobs – When Clients Turn Bad
  2. Keyword Articles – What’s All The Fuss About
  3. Why Are Keyword Articles So Important
  4. Is Ghostwriting Ethical?
  5. When Did You Realise You Were A Professional Ghostwriter?
  6. 10 Necessities For Your Home Based Ghostwriting Business
  7. 4 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Writing
  8. 5 Tips To Help You Stay Focused On Starting Your Home Based Ghostwriting Business
  9. How To Manage Your Ghostwriting Time More Effectively
  10. Your Checklist For Ghostwriting Effective Articles

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