Most of the writers with whom I chat hate hunting for writing jobs.
If they’re doing it on the outsourcing websites, they hate making bids. Not only because they feel they need to keep their bids low so that they can compete, but also because posted gigs fade away.
No bidder is ever chosen for some gigs. And no, I have no idea what’s up with that, and I do agree it’s suspicious. It’s a giant waste of time for the 30 or more writers who bid on a posted project. They work at getting a proposal together so that they can make an honest bid. Then… nothing.
Similarly when writers hunt for writing jobs on the Web. They never hear from the project posters. It’s all disheartening.
If you’re wondering whether this is another “You must MARKET” plea or rant, relax. It’s neither. 🙂 Marketing is essential, of course, and there are endless ways you can do that.
I want to give you another perspective on the eternal writing jobs hunt. What if you created your own jobs?
The new way to get writing jobs: sell your ideas
Funny story. Deb, one of my writing students, is working with our new program, Opportunity Writing. She sent out a few ideas earlier this week to people she’d worked with in the past. To her, it was just another email message which she customized slightly to suit each recipient. The bulk of the message — three ideas — was the same in each message.
So Deb sent out the messages, and promptly forgot all about it. A few hours later, one of the message recipients called, and within a few minutes, they had a deal. Deb was writing up two reports for him, at a very good fee. She sent me an email message, to say that she was pleased that she’d received a response so quickly.
Next day, I received another message from Deb. She had another buyer for her ideas. When Deb said the ideas were gone, except for one, he was annoyed. He asked how much Deb was charging, and told her he’d pay more. Then Deb remembered something from the program.
In Opportunity Writing I recommend that you license the copyright for print and electronic media by country. She asked the buyer where he was located. Not even in the same continent, let alone the same country. Deb apologized for the mixup, and said she’d be happy to license the rights to him.
Happy days. She now gets paid TWICE for the same two reports. The buyers are happy, and Deb is more than happy. I’m waiting for Deb to sell the same reports to buyers in other countries too. 🙂 It will certainly send her hourly rate through the roof.
People don’t know what they want until you show them
There’s a big difference between a writer who gets in touch with a prospective hirer and says: “I’m a writer, and I’m available to write… (whatever)”, and a writer who says: “Valentine Day’s coming up; I’ve developed these ideas, and feel that they will work for your customers.”
People hate to think. It’s easier to make a decision if someone gives you a list of options. When you do their thinking for them, you’ll get writing gigs. And better yet, those are gigs you created for yourself, and want to do.
Notice that Deb’s second buyer really wanted her ideas. He was willing to pay more than her first buyer, just on the basis of an idea. Ideas sell.
If you’re sick of low-paid and boring writing jobs, start selling your ideas. More about the method of doing that in Opportunity Writing.
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