I just have one question:
Should I include samples of articles that I have written for Demand Studios that have ended up on eHow on my promotional blog and provide links to them when applying for writing jobs, or does work done for the mills hurt more than help when providing clips to potential clients?
Jan Hill in Comments – Jan blogs at: raisedwrite
This is another of those ‘it depends’ answers, like so much in freelance writing!
First of all, I’m sure there are some editors out there who won’t touch anyone who claims writing for Demand, eHow, and the rest of them on some sort of misguided principle. I wouldn’t worry about them.
My suggestion is to link only to a few, maybe three. Make sure they are the best of your writing. And if you’ve got any other credits, which you do, by all means include those too.
I think you’ve done a great job on your own writing sample page. It’s a great example of handling credits. When I put my editor-hat on, I’d probably just look at the page, maybe click one to make sure it led someplace, and give you the assignment.
Remember, the real reason editors want clips and tear sheets is to be reasonably sure you can complete the writing you contract for.
For those who only have credits so far at the content farms, link to no more than three as samples and work to get published elsewhere ASAP so you can add those to your writing resume.
What’s been your experience listing content mills in your credit list?
Write well and often,
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