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April sales down


#1

Last month March was so extreme for me. I earned $350 in March. But in April the sales got down. Not relevant buyer req of my gig and buyers not even contact me.

What can I do?


#2

Have you got a blog to promote your article and blog post writing services. :sunny:

If you haven’t it would be a great time to start one!


#3

I note that in one of your responses to a review you note that an article can’t have grammatical errors because you used Grammarly premium to check it. This will definitely turn away potential buyers, since Grammarly is by no means perfect, and does not correct all grammatical errors. Because of the limitations of the software, it sometimes even turns proper grammar into something incorrect.

If you’re relying on a software to proofread your writing instead of just having that knowledge on-hand, that might be a problem and could prevent you from reaching buyers.


#4

If you don’t have many sales, it’s a good chance to to polish your service. Everything.
From a buyer’s perspective, I’d love to see a more genuine profile picture, not some nice looking avatar saved from the net.


#5

That answer would definitely turn me off it. Saying Grammarly is not perfect is a real understatement. It is a small step up from Word but nothing more.


#6

Professional writers shouldn’t need any software or anyone else to check their grammar.


#7

Wouldnt go that far, even Mark Twain recommended getting a proofreader. Clearly wasnt a fan of Grammarly either.


#8

new seller also can gain any order :frowning:


#9

You do realize almost every professional writer in the world has an editor, right?


#10

So if someone writes for a living they aren’t aware of the rules of correct grammar? It seems like a basic requirement.


#11

Tell that to Stephen King’s editor. “Sorry, Stephen, you suck at all this because you hired me to catch things.”


#12

Being aware of and applying them every time are two different things.

You think you are reading proof, whereas you are merely reading your own mind; your statement of the thing is full of holes & vacancies but you don’t know it, because you are filling them from your mind as you go along. Sometimes–but not often enough–the printer’s proof-reader saves you–& offends you–with this cold sign in the margin: (?) & you search the passage & find that the insulter is right–it doesn’t say what you thought it did: the gas-fixtures are there, but you didn’t light the jets ~ Mark Twain


#13

Exactly. God forbid there’s a human element in there. As soon as robots start writing I’m out of a job.


#14

It’s already begun
@discobot fortune for Levi and writers in general


#15

:crystal_ball: It is certain


#16

Here is how Mark Twain felt about proofreaders:

Dear C & W:

I give it up. These printers pay no attention to my punctuation. Nine-tenths of the labor & vexation put upon me by Messrs. Spothiswoode & Co consists in annihilating their ignorant & purposeless punctuation & restoring my own.

This latest batch, beginning with page 145 & running to page 192 starts out like all that went before it — with my punctuation ignored & their insanities substituted for it. I have read two pages of it — I can’t stand any more. If they will restore my punctuation themselves & then send the purified pages to me I will read it for errors of grammar & construction — that is enough to require of another who writes as legible a hand as I do, & who knows more about punctuation in two minutes than any damned bastard of a proof-reader can learn in two centuries.


#17

It’s easy to criticize others’ abilities, is it not? Have a great day.


#18

I feel that way about people I hire sometimes too.
Mark’s superior linguistic skill is a more verbose way of expressing the :poop:head that I utter.

The fact I (and he) continue(d) to hire people says more about what I (and he) really believed.


#19

It sounds like the publishers foist proofreaders on him, much to his vexation.


#20

Seems like he is speaking about specific proofers though, not in general. His rant at the end is more general but based upon his feelings about “Messrs. Spothiswoode & Co”