I’ve been debating all morning about discussing this, but it really bothered me, so I decided to collect your thoughts on the matter.
I got an email from a freelance service I belong to today. “New projects match your profile” and all that. This was the description of one of those matches:
“Description: I’m looking for chidrens books, cookbooks, self help, real estate investing, I’m also looking for different types of story books from love to science fiction books that have been written that I can buy and put my name on as author and with only me having full rights. Looking for 70-150 pages each. Ebooks are fine. Cookbooks do not need pictures but would be nice. No copyright infringment books please. Story books you can email me with your sample and writing skills.”
That is literally cut and paste from the email I received. Won’t name the site, or give any other details, but seriously. I left the first freelance site I was on because I kept getting requests to do people’s homework, and that didn’t sit well with me. I may have to leave this one too. Or maybe I just attract the lazy?
Is it being unrealistic to think that a site looking for freelance authors would be looking for someone to do some writing for you — not do-your-homework-type of writing, or let-me-put-my-name-on-your-baby-type of writing, but honest content? Or is there any such thing? Anyone out there who thinks the above description is a good thing to do? What are your thoughts?
Oh, and the offered price for selling your soul child? “Budget: Under $250”