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Yes, it’s been a while, but since I’ve been gone a lot of things have happened. This time of year seems to race by for me, and I’m sure that has something to do with the anniversary of Momma’s death. At the same time all that was going on, two years ago, an actual miracle occurred and we celebrate it every year on this day. This is the day my first grandchild, now and forever known as “Muffin”, was born. He missed meeting his Great-Grammy by less than three weeks.

Although some people may think his birth date is unfortunate, I don’t see it that way. He is such a special child – beautiful, funny, and very loving. He brings such light and joy to everyone around him, I can’t help but think he was sent to us for several reasons – I know without him, it’s very likely I would not have survived my momma’s passing. Does that sound dramatic? Too bad, it’s how I feel.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to my beloved Muffin! Noni loves you, and I know Great-Grammy keeps a close eye on you and loves you too. Have fun today, bubbe, and eat cake! Lots and lots of delicious cake!

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Onward, ever onward. I have also just completed a move, and I want to say for the record I absolutely despise moving, and I’m hoping I don’t ever have to do it again. I’m still shaking the dust out, sorting through some stuff and waiting to get internet hook-up. In the meantime, I am lucky enough to have a Borders not two minutes from my house, which means free wi-fi, delicious coffee, and all the people watching I can stand. Which is funny, if you know me, because I have become pretty much a hermit. Now, I am forced to go out every day and interact with….people.

This is not necessarily a bad thing for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I love people, but typically I like them better at a distance, heh. I am normally rather introverted, not an uncommon trait for writers as I understand it, but it does me good to get out and about on a regular basis. I guess. (I think the jury is still out on that.) I have observed some very interesting people from my little corner, not the least a group of men who meet every day to discuss the philosophical angles of Batman. Yes, you heard me. Long story. Heh.

The beauty of freelancing is you can work from anywhere. I love my job.

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Additionally, I have tried to make some major improvements to my diet. I know this probably isn’t very interesting – who doesn’t go through phases of trying to improve their diet? – but really, I’m not getting any younger and this sedentary life of a writer is not really conducive to good health. Forgetting to eat and grabbing any old thing is not working for me anymore, if it ever did, so I decided to pay more attention to what’s on my plate and eating at regular intervals. So far, so good.

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And, the big news is, I finally finished Chapter 22 and I don’t hate it. The end is in sight. Which is scary-exhilarating. As a matter of fact, I spent most of the night tossing and turning and dreaming about Chapter 23, which I will be attacking as soon as paying work is caught up. The working title is “Athena’s Promise”, and I’ve even made notes about Book II, as yet unnamed.

Three of the craft books I edited have made it live, and I’m excited about that. The publisher seems to be pleased with my work, and has indicated more work is on the way, which is very satisfying. Since I was last here, my story, “The Blood is Not Enough” was published in the August edition of Skive Magazine, which was a thrill beyond words. I love that story and was thrilled it found a home. Go on! It’s a free download 🙂

Even more exciting than that, a project I’d worked on for over a year is finally released. MeiLin Miranda’s “Lovers and Beloveds” has been released as an Ebook, and can be found in serialized form. The hard copy comes out October 15, and I am so, so thrilled about this. The Ebook is only $3.99, and it is a ripping good yarn, and I’m not just saying that because I was the editor. Magic, history, eroticism – this book has it all. MeiLin was a dream client – we worked so well together, and I’m looking forward to working with her on the next book. As an indie, she really has impressed me with her drive, her work ethic, and her determination. She really is an inspiration to me.

So go – pick up the book. You won’t be sorry, I promise.

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I intended this entry to cover a very different topic, but you know how it is when you open up a blank document and start typing. You just never know what’s going to come out. This is the update, and we’ll talk about something more interesting the next time around, I promise. 🙂

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Scam Alert – Getting Professionally Written Articles For Free

Getting Free Professionally Written Articles seems to be not only easy, but no big deal to some people.

This thread was posted on Facebook, then Twittered, and apparently that was too much scrutiny and has since been shut down. However, I’m sure the scam continues so I’ll post what I remember from the original thread (I should have copied it, but I didn’t. Ironic, no?)

The subject was how to get professionally written articles for free. You know, because evidently it’s better to put more energy into figuring out how to steal content than writing your own material.

This “ppatil” person posted a very “helpful” black hat tactic of ganking professionally written articles by placing a free Craigslist ad (in the suburbs, not the city listings; there’s a $25 posting fee for posting in the big cities and this was too expensive for our intrepid friend) looking for professional writers. The ad read like it was a legitimate opportunity; ppatil advised asking for a resume also, “to make it look more authentic.” The ad asked for a “sample” article written for a specific topic, and a choice of five topics was given.

Further instructions included word count (400 minimum) and other parameters common to article writing. A pay rate of $10 – $15 was offered. (Smart, this. Not so high, not too low, right in the middle.) More work was promised if the writer met the expectations. Applications submitted without the article would not be considered.

He received 20 decent responses, with samples attached. “ppatil” then took those articles and posted them at Associated Content under his own account, and he stated he had earned $35 so far.

Other contributors to the thread added refinements to this process, such as asking for subjects that weren’t the “same old same old” subjects of weight loss and such. Again, it was reiterated to target small cities and suburbs, where it didn’t cost anything to place such an ad.

It has been my practice not to write articles on spec. I’ll point prospective clients to content already published, and provide live links to work I’ve done on the web. I’ll provide references, but I won’t submit a sample article written to their specifications UNLESS I’ve checked out the company and I’m assured they’re legit. I realize this might put me at a disadvantage for some jobs, but I have to cover my ass.

The moral of the story? Due diligence, my friends. Yes, you’re trying to land a gig. Yes, the client has every right to see work you’ve done. BUT, it’s way too easy to get ripped off by unscrupulous sharks that inhabit the Internet Pond. The best way to combat this is to investigate the client, which you should always do before sending any unpaid work, if you decide to submit unpaid work at all. Another solution is to have an online portfolio, whether it’s your own site or hosted at Helium, Associated Content, or Constant Content. And, keep track of your articles you’ve written — see where they end up.

These guys get my Phucktard of the Month award. And that, friends and neighbors, is free.

Anything else is not.

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ADDENDUM: Here is the original posting as it appeared. (Thanks, Tara!!)

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Heyya peeps, haven’t been on in a long while since the hack attacks, but got into this AC thing. So far its shit cause they’re real big bloody assholes about what kind of articles they want; kinda like a little kid who picks at his food.

Well I guessed they couldnt turn professionally written articles down so here’s what I did short and simple. I went to craiglist put up a job listing in suburbs and shit like that (since the cities cost $25), it was for a writing position on how-to’s and guides. I instructed them to send me a newly written sample 500 word article on a topic that I chose for each ad. I also asked for a resume to make it look more authentic.

Took about 4 days, but I got maybe 10 to 20 articles on good subjects that I submitted to AC and got paid a good $35 bucks total for the articles since they were very nicely written.

Try it out and enjoy!
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Default Re: Getting free professionally written articles
smart idea.
my situation is i got lots of 0.99 for each article,that sux a lot!
im moving to other sites..
fu*k AC

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Not a bad idea. Might try this over the weekend. AC has been getting slow on paying out though.

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Yea, if I were you I’d leave AC and use articles to actually gain SERP for your own sites.

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which cities u posted ? care to share ?

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Any rural or suburb will work, cities won’t because, well you have to pay $25 per post and it’s simply not worth it.

Few ideas, Ottawa, Worcester MA, etc.

Writers are everywhere, just pick a region that CL doesn’t charge for and post
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AC is awful imo

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is there any way that they could sue or should i put a disclaimer at the bottom of the craigslist ad or at the bottom of the email that assigns their topics.

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have posted an ad on kijiji, will update as to its success. I posted it in New York City by the way

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Any update on your side mrblackhat ? I am about to try this myself..

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Yes, Associated Content is not writable without the words Ass and Con.

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I posted ad on kijiji in the job section but strangely my ad didn’t show up, i’ll try posting it locally and i’ll be back to update, i’ll post on craigslist aswell.

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This is a great idea. I’m going to try it right now

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People are just too straight forward and bland.

AC can pay decent per article, just stop writing articles on boring topics which have been discussed 1,000 times over and over.
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Default Re: Getting free professionally written articles
Today I posted 10 job offers in different cities in California. I received around 10 responses, on the first day, but only 4 articles. 4 of the postings were also flagged and deleted. Hmm…

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You have to be very convincing in your ad, this is one of mine:

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We are a new start up that specialize in providing niche content to online publishers and webmasters. We are seeking candidates that are well versed writers who can write flexibly and on many unique subjects. We are looking to acquire content that is not time sensitive, so we will generally prefer writers who are best at creating guides and how to articles. We pay very competitive rates that are around the $10 to $15 per article range. We also compensate by the hour if so desired and will take care of the telecommunication required. Articles that you write must have proper grammar and syntax and should also be more than 400 words in length.

If you wish to be considered or wish to show interest please reply with resume attached. ALSO, as a quality sample please write and attach an article on the any of the subjects specified below. 400 Words MINIMUM:

Subjects:

Airsoft (Equipment and Sport)
Investing
Guitar playing
Household Cleaning methods
Study habits and time management

A niche and unique subject of your choosing will also be accepted as long as it displays flexibility and wide general knowledge and research skills. This means no weight loss/ pet care content or content on subjects already widely available on the internet, we focus on building a unique library of high value content.

REPLIES WITHOUT A RESUME AND AN ARTICLE THAT IS NOT PRE-WRITTEN WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

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