On the heels of my popular advice why some people suck at emailing me requests to publish their guest blog posts, I received a message with the following subject line:
Professional Copywriting for Sci Fi Talk
My first instinct was a recruiter found my resume on one of the online job boards where I posted it with my desire to work in social media marketing, and that this person wanted me to write articles for a science fiction website.
I hope you’re keeping well. I’m just getting in touch to ask if you’re in need of any freelance writing at Sci Fi Talk – if so, it’d be an honor to help out and I would love to get involved if you have any need for me.
I’m 29 have been working full-time as a professional writer and researcher for five years; in that time there isn’t a lot I haven’t already covered (there are a few samples below for you to check out). Anything I send over would be written with the site’s readership in mind – as long as you’re happy with the resulting material, you’d be welcome to publish it as you see fit and the content will be owned by you entirely (in that I won’t send it to anyone else, either before or after publication.)
The good news is that I’d be able to offer my services at no charge; the only thing I would ask in return is that I’m able to include a link to a company within the article – nothing adult or in bad taste, just one of the professional businesses for which I freelance. Otherwise I’d be happy to chat about alternative arrangements if you’d rather not link to a corporate site.
Do let me know if you’re interested, and if so I can get something written for you over the course of the next few days. Needless to say, the offer is open to any other sites you might own as well as scifitalk.com. I appreciate that this kind of offer is not for everyone however, so if I don’t hear from you I won’t trouble you again.
Some samples for your delectation:
[and she listed 5 links]
I’m willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt.
But, red flags were raised.
First: Why isn’t Imogen including a last name?
Second: Why would I care about her age?
Third: Why would she think I’d accept a guest blog post for a fee?
Fourth: Why does she think I’d want her to write for me if she writes about everything under the sun?
Fifth: Why is she a professional writer but employs grammatical errors?
Sixth (and yes you saw this coming): Why does she think I run scifitalk.com? Has she not been a researcher for five years?
I want you to write for me. I want you to share your best ideas on social media marketing to educate, entertain, and engage with my other readers here. But I want you to be a real person. Am I asking too much?