So, my parents read this blog occasionally and they don’t like it when I use bad words, but hey, this is my blog and a shit job is a shit job, and there’s just no other way to say it.
It’s been a few years since I’ve needed to rely on Craigslist for work. When it was good, it was good, but my writing career got better. I started working for Matador. I got private clients for the research, translation, and academic editing work I do. I got a guidebook contract and then another and started publishing articles in “real” magazines.
But after reading this article about a guy living off Craigslist, I decided to take a peek at the local writing gigs to see what kinds of offers are out there:
JOURNALISTS NEEDeD [No, that lowercase “e” is *not* a typo on my part-Julie]
Interested in Journalism or an aspiring writer?
Join and create your online magazine on CanISaySomething.com and promote yourself to a world audience!
We are looking for writers to post interesting articles and stories in a wide range of topics, including Heath, Environment, Business, Education, Politics and Sports.
Articles must be original work, thought provoking and well written (grammar and spell check) with a maximum of 250 words. Writers are encouraged to include pictures or videos with the articles. Compensation will vary based on article.
If you are interested in this opportunity, don’t hesitate and send your resume and writing samples to us immediately
How many errors can you find in this uber-professional listing?
CHILDREN’S SONG WRITER!!!!!
i need people who can play up beat songs that are fun and cheerful
think Sherk or disney movies.
i need some song to be written about theses short stories that i’ve written i dont know how to play music write song.
i need some one who knows how to write
No shit you need someone who knows how to write, because you certainly don’t.
Manhattan Blogger: BARS, HAPPY HOUR, FOOD, HOOK UP
i just started manhattanhookup.com im looking for 4 bloggers to write maybe 2 articles a week!
Mostly about bars, clubs, food, news and night in manhattan! if you want to be apart of something
bigger this is for you! we are on ground level and going up with hopes of going nationwide in a year!
only good thing to come and as the site grows and money starts rolling in you will get paid!
this is no pay sorry
Yeah, I’m sorry, too.
and my personal favorite…
20-Something Female Blogger/Writer Wanted
So my name is Travis Dillinger and for the past 80 days I’ve been doing this little blog/website/social experiment. The meat & bones of it is that I’m trying go have encounters/dates/situations with 100 girls in 100 days, and I’ve been chronicling the experience. Now, for one of these dates I thought it would be fun to go out with a 20-something blogger who was fully aware of the site and she’ll guest blog it. It will help gain exposure to both of our blogs. We’ll go out, get a cup of coffee or a pint of Guiness, and just hang out. I’m not expecting sex or anything really too crazy, we’ll just go out and have either a good time or a complete disaster. You can read what I’ve been doing at http://100girls100days.com
What always entertained me about Craigslist–and what hasn’t changed since the last time I checked the site–was the buzzing hive of furious writers who, instead of actually writing and making some money, spend their days counseling fellow writers not to take these shit jobs:
This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He expects you to write for him for free. Let’s talk means you write for him and he MAY pay you if he feels like it. He doesn’t give full instructions on what he wants done either.
To my fellow writers, stop accepting these gigs that don’t pay you for your services. Being able to write well is a skill. Not many people are able to engage their audience through written words. If these people have enough money to get web designers, and bandwidth from month to month, then they should be able to pay you for your time.
Don’t be fooled. it takes a good amount of money to keep a site going, especially with advertising.
Know your worth and stop giving up your hard earned work for free.
OMG. I never respond to these things. But I can’t take it anymore. Do you think you’re going to get a publisher (or literary agent in some cases) by posting a Craigslist ad? Do you even know what a publisher is or does? You don’t pay a publisher. A publisher pays you. Do a little research. Find an agent (not on Craigslist) through the traditional method-sending a query letter. That’s how I find my agent and publisher. And if you’re really looking for an editor or a ghostwriter, don’t offer proceeds of a potential sale because in the current economic situation you’re never going to get your book published if you’re a first-time author. My agent can’t even sell new works from previously-published authors. Please, get a clue!!!!