Melissa S wrote:
I stopped here because I was just told by a prospective client my test article didn't pass copyscape, and there for I would not be paid. I know I didn't copy anything from my research, even though some of the words were the same, and some phrases were similar.
I've been working on Upwork since October and I have 4 long term clients, non of which have ever come back with a plagiarism accusation.
Feeling punched in the gut at the moment. I think the topper on the cake was that the room was closed and I couldn't even respond!
Melissa, it seems that if not actually said (by the client) that he or she was asking for a free test? If so report the client to customer services. This seems to be a typcial scammer getting work for nothing. Your only recourse is if you see it anywhere on the Internet you can ask for a DMCA. You can also use the work in some way. Either sell it to someone else or use it as a portfolio piece.
I have done free tests in the B&M world for reputable publishers (some accepted some not!), and I think this is acceptable. But don't ever do it on Upwork (or any similar site).
I don't know if this is possible in the sort of research you do, but up to a point you can avoid these slurs by unscrupulous clients by quoting your sources. There are some areas where 'plagiarism' cannot be avoided; in finance for example, where certain phrases and words have to be used.
Anyway, don't be gutted - report the client and move on.
ETA: Your fees are too low. I think you should increase them.
Dear Phyllis, I understand how you feel.
I do have some issues as a content writer, editor and proofreader. Some clients so much depend on and believe in the power of AI tools, including Copyspace and Grammarly.
What I often do to escape my works being rejected is to use Grammarly Premium beforehand to edit my works. When done with the typical grammatical errors correction. Click on PLAGIARISM. I some texts are detected as copied from someone else, kindly rephrase them.
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