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Comment by itsangel on October 30, 2010 at 1:40pm
Is anyone here doing the National November Writing Month project? This is my second year. I am still doing edits on last years book, but have sent queries on it returns have been positive. Anyone else?
Comment by itsangel on October 30, 2010 at 1:39pm
Hi Debbie
I have been on Elance since May 2008, I did the same thing. I bid lower to earn my first few jobs, to get int he door. I always check the buyers award ration before I buy, if it is less then 50 percent preferably higher, I won't bid on his job.
I just won a long term position that had 50 proposals by sending the buyer a note asking him if he needed anything else from me, etc. this showed I was interested in the job.
He called me, and interviewed me and I won the proposals. When there are a lot of bids, keeping your name out front is the name of the game.
Comment by Angie Atchley on October 30, 2010 at 1:09pm
Has anyone put together a freelance resume? I found a couple of examples online, but I think I need a simpler version. Anyone willing to share?
Comment by Aysha Iqbal on October 30, 2010 at 11:39am
Sound like a great option Tomica..thanks for sharing the info..I might look into it after the holidays...
Comment by Tomica Bonner on October 30, 2010 at 11:35am
There are three options on Bright Hub, self publish (you're in some type of payment pool-not sure how payment works yet), Hubfolio (you publish you own material and are paid on views), editorial channels ($10 plus residuals) - I like it, but I've just started and I write for the business channels.
Comment by Aysha Iqbal on October 30, 2010 at 11:30am
Demand studio never had a spot for me. I migth try Bright does that site work?
Comment by Tomica Bonner on October 30, 2010 at 11:29am
I work with Demand and Bright Hub plus quite a few others, I'll have to try elance.
Comment by Aysha Iqbal on October 30, 2010 at 11:14am
Thanks debbie...I also would like elance jobs that are less extensive on the brain so I could focus on my projects and just get these out quick you know. Its been a while since I did a bid on elance...
Comment by Debbie Allen on October 30, 2010 at 10:57am
I joined Elance in March '09, and successfully bid on several jobs in quick succession. One was ghost-writing a non-fiction book that is being self-published. Then I ran into a long period of time where my bids went nowhere. I suspect that many more people joined as providers, and that the majority were willing to work for very small amounts. I actually stopped bidding for awhile, since it didn't seem worth my time.

One thing I did was to set up email alerts with Elance for the writing gigs I was interested in. I found that just doing searches and browsing the site wasted a lot of time. Each week I get three emails from Elance: one for Creative Writing, one for Children's Writing, and one for Proofreading/Editing. Saves lots of time, and I can just check out the ones that stand out.

If a job I'm interested in already has lots of bids, I rarely waste my points, since I don't have a great chance. My current job didn't garner a huge amount of bids because the book to be edited was very long, and needed a lot of work. I decided to bid, but put in one of the higher bids, since it would take a lot of my time.

One encouragement for all you bloggers, is that clients look positively on blogging. My client mentioned that my blog gave me a leg up on the competition.

When I started on Elance, I bid lower, just so I could get a few jobs under my belt. I also "put up" with client quirks, since getting great feedback is really important for winning subsequent jobs. Browse other people's profiles to help you finetune your own. If you want to check mine (a work in progress), here's the link:

For me, with Elance, I gravitate toward the editing jobs, because it's less of a time and brain investment than reasearching and writing (since I need to reserve some brain cells for my own WIP!).

Hope this helps! I'm still figuring things out on Elance, so if anyone else has any tips, I'd love to hear them!

Comment by Aysha Iqbal on October 29, 2010 at 11:06pm
That is great Debbie... I sort of find the contracts on elance to be too the sense that the time is too short for a very large job... But it is great if your schedule is more free and you can handle 1 contract.
Julie: that really depends on how often and extensively you bid for jobs.

Debbie: did you start off bidding writing jobs? or did you do something like data entry first, build your profile and then go on to writing? I noticed that I didnt get many bids just coz I didnt have an established profile with elance... and the ones who were willing to hire wanted 5-7 articles a day..that is tough for me coz I got a kid and all...what can I do to get something less extensive than that?

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