I fucking hate spambots/spam followers. Especially those who prey on writers who simply don’t know any better than to give you ambulatory sacks of excrement their money.
So this post is for you “Writing Jobs” (<- DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THEM). And also for those of you who are looking to write/edit and don’t know how to get into the industry (I’m not providing a step by step guide, I’m just talking).
I have apparently acquired a follower who believes that I’m stupid enough to pay them to provide me with a “list/job listing board” of freelance writing jobs.
For the record, yes, I work as a professional freelance editor (I don’t generally do freelance writing, though). So, I’m fairly touchy when I see writers who just don’t know any better get exposed to online predators who offer a “magic key” to the door to the publishing industry. Especially when these bastards promise access to impossible things – no film company is going to pay an unknown writer money to touch up their scripts. This does not happen.
Guess what? There is no “magic key”. This is probably the single most often asked question new writers put to professionals. It’s the notion that there actually is one magical key or item of understanding that will allow a new and untested writer to break into the publishing industry and make oodles of money. There isn’t one.
Luck, being in the right place at the right time, knowing how to write (and write well), and being able to network (yes, this includes being able to acquire an agent – though you don’t need an agent for all types of writing, and this comes with its own dangers) are what get one into the publishing indsutry.
If you believe otherwise then I have some magic beans I’d love to sell you.
Professional writers are professionals because they know their craft. They write exceptionally well, or in the case of bestsellers, either they’re extraordinary writers/have written the right book at the right time/have created their own formula that appeals to readers time and again (Dean Koontz is probably the best example of this last type of success), or a whole host of other thoroughly intangible factors.
There are places those of you who want to be freelance writers/editors can go to get your start. I’m not a big fan of “Freelancer.com”, but it’s a real site. It’s free. You have to bid for any jobs you want. If you’re desperate to work for someone else go look there for work.
But even at Freelancer, there’s no guarantee that you are going to find 100% honest jobs.
The best way to find real work writing/editing? Listen to good advice from people who do it professionally. Listen to writers like John Scalzi, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, James D. Macdonald (who coined “Yog’s Law”), and I don’t care what genre you write in/aspire to write in, you need to be following SFWA‘s Writer Beware watchdog arm (maintained primarily by Victoria Strauss, A.C. Crispin and James D. Macdonald), because they take their work seriously and know what the hell they’re talking about.
There’s no quick and easy way to make money. It always involves a significant investment of time (and usually requires you to be able to, you know, have some kind of saleable skill).
There are a number of resources out there available to you. Some good. Some bad. You need to be willing to invest the time to find the one that works best for you.
Good luck to you.
And if any other fucking spammers follow my blog, I will draw people’s attention to you in the most negative and vituperative light I can provide. You have been warned.