Sequoyah Kennedy

I am a writer, musician, woodworker, and travel enthusiast living in Rhode Island. I have been playing the mandolin and writing professionally for 10 years. The thing in this world that interests me most is the power of language and the pull that stories have on us as human beings.

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  1. Elvis Michael
    May 3, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

    You mean to tell me the Nigerian prince that offered me $3,000 for a simple article just wasn’t real???? You, Sequoyah, are a liar. I’m going to go find another profitable opportunity at GetRichQuick.com

    Seriously though, it IS true that most have fallen for some sort of scam, considering that some of them are rather subtle. Though unfortunately, some gigs that ask for a sample may be legit depending on the client/source/circumstance…. which only makes the overall issue more difficult. But thankfully, this is where due diligence and careful research comes in (as opposed to blindly writing a sample without question).

    Thanks for the informative (and entertaining) read!

    P.S. Coincidentally, GetRichQuick.com fits your “One Simple System” example perfectly, LOL. Good catch 🙂

    Elvis

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    • Sequoyah
      May 7, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

      Thanks Elvis! You’re right, and I wish that I had emphasized that most clients who request writing samples are trying to pull one over on you. Legit clients just want to see who they’re hiring! As with anything, the burden falls on the writer to make the call whether they think it’s legitimate or not. Usually you can have a good idea by which means you used to find the job.

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  2. elliott
    May 4, 2017 @ 5:25 pm

    Pretty dope stuff. I have been doing it for a while, and I wish I would’ve seen this beforehand. I’ve worked with and through a lot of those shady companies. However, Writer Access, Zerys and Skyword are all legit. Skyword is the best ,and a writer can make some serious loot!

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    • Elvis Michael
      May 4, 2017 @ 5:28 pm

      Thanks Elliott,
      I agree about Skyword. I worked with them in the past and was earning quite a bit per piece, so the money is definitely there. It’s all about knowing where to look.

      Elvis

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  3. Mitch Mitchell
    May 4, 2017 @ 11:39 pm

    I’ll admit that back in ’09 when the economy was tanking I started out with the penny a word thing. It only took me about a month to realize how I was being taken advantage of and I never went back… kind of, since I did the Demand Studio thing for a short while also. Ugh! lol

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    • Elvis Michael
      May 5, 2017 @ 4:54 pm

      Ah, yes…..the memories, lol.
      I always had a love/hate relationship with DMS, and I think that goes for just about everyone.

      My focus was mostly on the Tech category, which allowed me to write countless articles with barely 200 words (and even 100 words in some cases). I could write them with my eyes closed in 10 minutes and earn a quick $18 that week (later raised to $25). So that was nice, as long as you didn’t get a picky editor.

      Then they panicked with the whole Google panda thing, and everything went to sh*t right after that.

      Elvis

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  4. Marija
    May 11, 2017 @ 6:43 pm

    What would you say is a fair price per word in 2017?

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  5. Rich Witt
    May 19, 2017 @ 9:09 am

    Yes, this is really is kind of scary. So many scammers out there and what I would call pseudo scammers – they basically hugely devalue your time. And, time is money after all. Thanks for alerting us to some of pitfalls – some had not occurred to me.

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  6. Troy
    May 21, 2017 @ 9:21 am

    The time wasting freelancers out there outnumber the ones actually accomplishing something and making money. I am new and landed on freelancer.com…the multi-accounting, multiposting, and freelancer daisy chains have ruined what should have been a good idea. That is my take-away after just 2 weeks on the site.

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