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Freelance writing? 
2nd-Aug-2015 05:33 pm
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There's quite a market for freelance academic writers. Some of the companies are blatantly crooked, selling essays to students so that they'll get good results without learning the material! But other companies might be bona fide. I have a brain. Make my own judgements.

I'm now in the process of signing up to write for money through Writezillas and Writers United.

Have you done this kind of writing, or been a customer of this kind of company? I'm an academic with a publications record but so far, my freelance writing and editing have involved no payment. Any suggestions?

[Update the next day] I've become suspicious of Writezillas. Googling that company's name led me to accusations that it's a scam. For example this. I'm not even sure whether to trust that source, EssayScam! Overall, I'm feeling cautious.
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11th-Aug-2015 07:46 am (UTC)
They sound interesting. I started doing freelance editing for non native English speakers in graduate school for extra money. It's hard finding the right pay rate that is fair to me but reasonable for them to afford (plus enforcing things like charging more for same day jobs)
12th-Aug-2015 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this info. May I ask which companies hired you for English language editing?
12th-Aug-2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
I do mine directly with students, not with a company (although I think I would have more consistent work if I found a company to do this through)
13th-Aug-2015 09:02 am (UTC)
How interesting. I think I'll find an agency, when I'm over the shock of Writezillas' reputation. Of course there's no law against freelancers using an agency, and also using direct contact with clients.

Do you promote your editing on noticeboards (physical or online), by word of mouth or both? I think my business card about tutoring (this userpic) should share my handbag with another business card about editing and writing.
13th-Aug-2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
So far just word of mouth, but I'm putting together a hard copy flier to get a couple more students. I'm seriously considering business cards (much like you have) to make it easier to hand out my information...but I want to have a webpage that people can refer to with rates, policies, and whatnot.
14th-Aug-2015 11:48 am (UTC)
Does your ISP provide free webspace with a free website building tool? I didn't realise mine did, but somehow discovered it and made a website without needing to know any HTML. That website was key in my search for PhD funding.

Another possibility for you might be WordPress.

If you want business cards like mine, try Vistaprint. Make your own choices about the extras they try to sell you. I chose the budget cards with no extras. They're more than sufficient for my requirements so far (private tutoring) and if I want another card for my editing/proofreading work, I'll use Vistaprint again.
3rd-Nov-2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
quite a late reply, but i haven't logged into LJ in months, so I only just saw this.

*just posting this again because apparently my comment was labelled as spam*

have you tried www dot edanzediting dot com ?
4th-Nov-2015 09:26 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'd not heard of Edanzediting before but now I've looked at their website and found that they do indeed recruit editors.

Will come back to this. Just now, I've an Iranian paper to edit. No money for this one but useful learning about communication across cultural difference.
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