A Response To A Certain oDesk Poster ...
This morning, on oDesk, I spied a posting for a freelance writer which earned the designation "Absurd Freelance Listing of the Day." I don't hand out that honor daily, but I probably could.
If I wanted to spend the time looking for listings that would crush my soul.
The poster of the listing I spied today is looking for 200 articles, 500-1,000 words per.
The budget? $200.
Yep, that's right: 200,000 words for $200.
But wait! There's more!
The poster of the gig wants someone to write "hot personal experiences under different profiles" for an adult dating site.
In other words: porn.
A standard manuscript page contains about 250 words. Which means that 200,000 words is the equivalent of an 800-page manuscript.
The least they could do is throw in dinner.