Further to the point made by Jennifer and Kim, I also generally avoid the "purple cow" type postings, and those with a lot of Upwork's stock questions attached to the project.
The biggest red flag for me, though, is "Must pass Copyscape." It's like a flashing neon sign announcing that you're accustomed to working with (and maybe looking to work with) the very bottom of the barrel. Telling a professional writer that work shouldn't be plagiarized is a bit like saying it must be in the target language or the words must be spelled correctly--if you have to specify those things, the person you're hiring is not a writer.
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Agreed about the wrong buzz phrases - personally, I'm not so bothered by 'take direction' but 'purple cow' makes me want to bang my head on a wall. 'No plaigiarism will be tolerated' starts from the point of view that the freelancer is here to rip people off and is insulting; talking about a 'long term relationship' can be off-putting if the rate appears low, and so on.
Agreed about the 'purple cow' postings. On the other hand, clients may be trying to filter applications when they are getting too many from people who may not even speak English or the language required for the job. But there are better ways to do this.
I'm starting to take the 'no plaigiarism' comments as a red flag. In some cases, that might also be someone trying to find a freelancer to write a university assignment. I'm not sure I mind that in a posting because it helps me know who to avoid.
But Kelly's trying to figure out how to avoid being avoided as a client.
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Amen to "Telling a professional writer that work shouldn't be plagiarized is a bit like saying it must be in the target language or the words must be spelled correctly--if you have to specify those things, the person you're hiring is not a writer."
Translators get the "no word by word translation" or "no machine translation" all the time :-)
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And Designers get " no stock/clipart images, vector or logos" followed by the threatning "We will check".
When you're replying to a job with already a preconceived idea of the outcome, it's an uphill battle trying to justify all your steps to the client.
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Got it, thanks! In that case, here is the subject line and description:
Professional Query Letter(s) Needed
I am looking for a writer who can craft a professional query letter that will be used to "apply for" guest post opportunities in business and industry publications.
Sample publications include those listed here, , as well as niche industry print media.
The deliverable will be a letter that ideally we can use as a template and modify for different publications as needed.
- Project Type: One-time project
- Other Skills: Content Writing Letter Writing Sales Letters SEO Writing Writing
There's text missing from the post. The sample publications don't appear and there's no indication of the type of industry .
It might work better as fixed price. However, "modify for different publications as needed" suggests the modifying could go on and on and on...