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🚩 Freelance writing red flags

Posted: October 27, 2022
Word count: 924 (3 min)

👋 Hi! I’m Tom, and this is the Best Writing Newsletter (Issue #14). Every Thursday, I send great reads, tools, jobs, tips, and friendly encouragement to do your best writing.

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Tomas Laurinavicius

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Avoid traps.

“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” – Samuel Johnson

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Best Writing exists to connect writers with businesses.

While we’re doing everything we can to ensure we only feature fair and legit business opportunities, sometimes we get complaints about suspicious companies.

If you find a job post that doesn’t feel right, you can always report it. We’ll investigate further and take it down.

Kaitlyn Arford started an important conversation about freelance job scams.

They’re out there, and it’s essential to know how to recognize and avoid them.

Here's what to look for.


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Writing Tip of the Week

💬 Teach your clients to give feedback. You’ll love this week’s tip if you’re tired of hearing nothing after asking, “Any feedback?”

Share this image the next time you send your draft and turn your clients into sharp editors.

Source: The Creative Marketer.


Best Writing Examples

Discover sharp copy, inspiring quotes, and powerful messaging from the best apps, websites, magazines, and books.

Breaking Brand is a short and memorable podcast name referencing the popular TV show Breaking Bad. Well played, Buffer.

World-class product copywriting example by Apple. Notice how it appeals to the natural human need for convenience “fits perfectly into your life” and the desire to be noticed “stands out in any space.”

Who doesn’t want to give autographs? Punchy headline example by Signature Pro.


Best Reads

Favorite stories from Writer News.

🍦 Write Simply. Use ordinary words and simple sentences. Paul Graham claims that the less energy they expend on your prose, the more they'll have left for your ideas.

🤩 Algorithmic vs. Heuristic SEO. Learn the concept of not focusing on what people want and trying to satisfy their existing needs but creating new needs yourself by inventing innovative approaches, products, or ways of thinking and doing things.

💰 How AI Copywriters Are Changing SEO. Chris Tweten argues that AI is a tool, and like any tool, it must be used correctly to be effective. Used properly, AI copywriting tools can be a valuable asset in any writer’s back pocket.

0️⃣ Zero-Click Content. Amanda Natividad explains zero-click content and why it’s harder than ever to get audiences to click that call-to-action.

✍️ Writer News is a new place for writers to share their work, get feedback, and discuss writing. Invite-only. Join the waitlist here.


Cool Tools

Interesting apps and software for curious writers.

GPT-3 Sheets for Marketers. A collection of free Google Sheets & Scripts for marketers utilizing OpenAI’s GPT-3 machine learning language API.

Dashword. A beautifully designed writing tool to structure thoughts, plan projects and create concepts.

Kludd. Benefit from an extra pair of eyes or two. Write, share and create together.

DripScripts. Write high-converting email sequences in record time.


Food for Thought

“There were many terrible things in my life, but most of them never happened.” – Montaigne

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm Forbes

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo

“In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy


Did You Know?

📬 At the peak of his fame, a letter addressed to “Mark Twain, God Knows Where” was actually delivered.

This was not an isolated occurrence. Other successfully delivered letters were addressed to “Mark Twain, Somewhere,” “Mark Twain, c/o President Roosevelt. The White House,” and “Mark Twain, Somewhere, (Try Satan).”


Best Writing Jobs

Find your next writing job, freelance gig, or side hustle.

  1. Full-Time Content Writer at ShoutVox (Remote)
  2. Full-Time Technical Writer at Planner 5D (Remote)
  3. Full-Time Content Writer & Social Media Manager at Pop (San Francisco, CA, US)
  4. Full-Time Technical Writer at Qredo (Remote)
  5. Full-Time WordPress Copywriter at Barn2 Plugins (Remote)

Freelance opportunities for members only.

🔒 Creator Economy Writer Copywriter at The Daily Dot (Freelance)

🔒 Fiction Writer at Audible (Freelance)

🔒 Science Writer at UCLA Health (Freelance)

🔒 Crypto Writer at The Milk Road (Freelance)

🔒 Technical Writer (AI) at One Wild Goose (Contract)

🔑 Become a member to get instant access to daily freelance gigs not advertised anywhere else.

💼 Check all open roles or become a member to get daily job alerts.

Hiring writers? Use the code “FIRSTJOB” at checkout to get $100 off your first job post.


What’s New at Best Writing?

We’re almost done migrating the site to Best Writing!

In case you missed it, we created content hubs with the best books, book notes, quotes, famous authors, writing wiki and writing blog.

🙋‍♂️ We posted 30+ new jobs and added new members to the writer’s directory (here’s how to get listed if you’re a writer).


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Until next week,

Tomas Laurinavicius

Co-founder, Best Writing (formerly Content Writing Jobs)

P.S. happened to me once. 💿

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