Ghostwriting is not for me but I do like the money.
Do any of you remember Liza Minnelli in the film Cabaret singing, “Money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money…”? Liza Minnelli. Liza with a Z.
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For about two months now I’ve been ghostwriting for a site called Textbroker. I thought I had found another freelance writing home to go along with my Triond home. The category I picked my topics from at Textbroker was “news.” And I only picked articles with a 200-word limit. The other categories were just too technical or required too much online research. The only problem was you had to write one article at a time and by the time you finished that article all the other articles in the news category were gone.
So, I ended up only making $2.00 a day which was not going to make me rich but I figured I could supplement my social security check very nicely with $60 a month. That was fine. It was easy pickin’s. $60 a month is a much bigger income than what I make writing for Triond.
Well, other writers at Textbroker figured it was easy pickin’s, too.
I found that I had to log in by 7:00 am to gab an article. No problem.
Then I found that sometimes there were no news articles ready at 7:00 am. I started logging in at all hours of the day in order to secure an article.
Finally, I couldn’t grab an article no matter what time of day I logged in. In desperation I even tried writing other kinds of articles from other categories. My content was rejected. After having 39 news articles accepted I’m once again that cliche of all cliches: a writer without a paying writing gig. I liked being a ghostwriter for Textbroker.
Is this the end of my freelance ghostwriting career? No, but for the moment it’s on hold. I’m really a creative writer anyway. I still have my blog and I have Triond. And there are other ghostwriting sites out there. But I really thought I had found another writing home at Textbroker.
You will still find me here and at the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. I changed the name of my blog back to its original name. The new name didn’t feel like home.