Half-decent 4k words fiction story will cost around 80-150$. Depending on complexity and originality. At least that's a pricing I'd charge. Maybe I'll even dump a little.
As to what Marcia mentioned about taking articles off web and changing some words to pass copyspace, same goes for fiction stories. A lot of so-called "writers" just take stories from FictionPress or some other open source, rewrite them slightly and pass of as their own.
I've seen a lot of jobs lately with a really low price for editing and proofreading. The sad thing is that people keep applying for those positions.
I really don't understand why someone would take a job at that price unless they just plan on running the file through a grammar checker and that's it.
Because there are clients who will pay for that!
and then the assumpotion that because someone else hass checked it, it's less of a job.
Imagine: "electrician to check wiring in my house. It's already been checked so it shouldn't take you long..."
I generally avoid job posts and invites by clients who post ads like that. If the client has no clear idea of what needs to be done and the amount of work that goes with it, they are not people I would want to work with.
One time a client invited me to a job post with extremely low budget. I gave him a proper quote and he asked why I'm asking for 'too much' since the job is very easy. I told him the job is only $15, but my time is worth $485 (total $500).
I don't think he got it. This just goes to show that no one can buy common sense...but then, with his measly budget, I doubt if he can afford it
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