Although I no longer insist the pay per article be a specific amount or more, there are ads I won’t post. You shouldn’t respond to them either. For example:
- Send me the articles and I’ll send you a check. It’s reasonable to ask for credits, tear sheets and links to articles. It might be reasonable to ask for a single sample, although I doubt it. It’s a total scam to ask for a significant body of work on spec. The except, of course, is well established magazines and, I suppose now websites, but not some stranger on Craigslist.
- Must have 10 articles by tomorrow morning! Rarely do these ads offer to pay a premium for speed. For work due tomorrow I’d charge at least double, maybe triple or more.
- Articles written by female only! I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ad that asks for males only… maybe I just don’t notice. But sexism is sexism in any form and likely, in my opinion, to be a scam. Once in a great while I’ve published ads that have a good rationale for wanting women writers, but rarely.
- 15 articles – okay to almost plagerize. It’s not okay to “almost plagerize” whatever that means. And assigning a percentage of “new stuff” doesn’t make sense. Copyright law is far more squishy… this is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Writers do not need to participate in such iffy ventures.
- Any ad that says ‘do my homework for me‘ one way or another, including academic papers. Okay, not everyone agrees, but I think kids and college students should do their own homework. You will see ads asking for help editing academic papers – that’s a whole different kind of request and totally legit in my opinion.
- Writing for porn sites, horror sites or anything that smacks of gratuitous gore and violence. Personal preference here – I dont’ want to do anything to promote these – since this is my site I get to choose.
- Any ad that smacks of scam – like promises of huge money. An ad that promised $20,000 a month for example.
- Jobs that offer only credit for pay. Credit is not pay any way you slice it.
What kinds of job ads do you ignore?