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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
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Fellow clients,

 

I'm reinventing myself for maybe the eighth or tenth time. I've been a management consultant for decades, and for the last ten years have written fiction as a hobbyist author. A book Ive been working on for about five years will be the inflection point for the next reinvention, as a writer of nostalgia targeting readers in the 55+ age range.

 

I hired a social media guru on UW to make me smart on using social media. I can't use social media to create buzz or advertise until I have graphix. Can't do graphix until I complete the manuscript; will want a book-specific interactive web page to use for buzz/advertising/etc. So, I posted for an illustrator to do a cover and some other stuff to be used on social media and alerted my website pro to the need for a new website. I bought a website name. I also sent out some details on the work to the illustrator appplicants.

 

I can't make any progress. It appears that website specialists make cold calls to the registered owner of every newly-registered domain name offering to build the website, make it SEO-perfect, help write the content, move in with me so they can cut my hair, replace my wife and kids and take over my life. I've received two months of phone calls today.

 

Evidently, some of the illustrators interpreted the additional details as asking for free work. I've been inundated with messages, phone calls and texts this afternoon instructing me onToS and telling me why I can't ask for free work. The posting for illustrators was explicit that it was a heads-up and would not be awarded until mid-November. The illustrators all have questions about color, style, the feel of the book, offers to handle my social media, offers to do almost everything outsi.de of sexual favors. No to everyone.

 

There is a reason I do most hiring on g***.com. I can't send general messages on UW to all applicants. So, I have to send seven separate messages each time. Wow.

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Antun M Member Since: Jan 27, 2018
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Bill H wrote:

Fellow clients,

 

I'm reinventing myself for maybe the eighth or tenth time. I've been a management consultant for decades, and for the last ten years have written fiction as a hobbyist author. A book Ive been working on for about five years will be the inflection point for the next reinvention, as a writer of nostalgia targeting readers in the 55+ age range.

 

I hired a social media guru on UW to make me smart on using social media. I can't use social media to create buzz or advertise until I have graphix. Can't do graphix until I complete the manuscript; will want a book-specific interactive web page to use for buzz/advertising/etc. So, I posted for an illustrator to do a cover and some other stuff to be used on social media and alerted my website pro to the need for a new website. I bought a website name. I also sent out some details on the work to the illustrator appplicants.

 

I can't make any progress. It appears that website specialists make cold calls to the registered owner of every newly-registered domain name offering to build the website, make it SEO-perfect, help write the content, move in with me so they can cut my hair, replace my wife and kids and take over my life. I've received two months of phone calls today.

 

Evidently, some of the illustrators interpreted the additional details as asking for free work. I've been inundated with messages, phone calls and texts this afternoon instructing me onToS and telling me why I can't ask for free work. The posting for illustrators was explicit that it was a heads-up and would not be awarded until mid-November. The illustrators all have questions about color, style, the feel of the book, offers to handle my social media, offers to do almost everything outsi.de of sexual favors. No to everyone.

 

There is a reason I do most hiring on g***.com. I can't send general messages on UW to all applicants. So, I have to send seven separate messages each time. Wow.


Not a client, so apologies for hijacking/intruding on you topic.


I'm one of those (IF I understood you corectly) freelancers.

I'm annoyed when a client is asking for couple of different things within the same job post.
Unless you're looking for an agency to take care of all your needs; create multiple job posts...

We all love to know exact details of the job we are about to do.

Obviously, don't condone anoying behaviour of the most of freelancers. Believe that you're experiencing what clients ALWAYS do, having 50+ proposals (except hair cutting, that sounds like an honest offer; I'd always accept that).

Reacting only to the part (which I MIGHT HAVE NOT undesrtood corecly) where you are expecting a complex work to go smoothly.

As you wrote, it has lots of moving parts, couple of people have to be involved. It doesn't sound like an UW problem, nor like a freelancer fault.

Again, apologies if I misunderstood your post. Happy to know that 8th, 10th or 20th reinvention is doable during ones lifetime. It's a nice note.

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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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Bill H wrote:

Fellow clients,

 

It appears that website specialists make cold calls to the registered owner of every newly-registered domain name offering to build the website, make it SEO-perfect, help write the content, move in with me so they can cut my hair, replace my wife and kids and take over my life. I've received two months of phone calls today.


Bill, I can't speak for illustrators but I've never even thought of making cold calls to new domain owners, and even If I did, I wouldn't want to do anything besides build the site, but it doesn't sound like you hired any of these specialists, so I guess I don't have to follow in their footsteps. Cat LOL

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
4 of 5

re: "It appears that website specialists make cold calls to the registered owner of every newly-registered domain name offering to build the website, make it SEO-perfect, help write the content, move in with me so they can cut my hair, replace my wife and kids and take over my life. I've received two months of phone calls today."

 

Yep... That's not surprising.


I buy a lot of domain names. (At any one time I have between 50 to 100.)

 

This is one of the reasons I don't use my own name or contact details when buying domain names.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
5 of 5

The upside to your travails .....

we have another 'Bill novel' to look forward to ......

 

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