Out of the 20 - 25 responses I got, I think I got about a handful of people I was willing to give a shot.
One stood above the pack and currently has more work than she can handle.
Another is also pretty awesome and he's got a ton of work too... though even he's guilty of some of the sins I'm about to mention.
See, there are a ton of people on here busting their butts to build their businesses and become better writers...
But when it comes to delivering, they fall short.
I know copywriters are a moody, flighty bunch - I'm one of them.
But c'mon guys...
If you wanna succeed in this biz you need to give it your all.
That means meeting deadlines when you say you will (or at the very least, telling people why you'll be late...)
Busting your butt on EVERY project to make it the absolute BEST work you can...
And communicating with your employer to make sure you get all the help you can.
I've seen several people half-ass things, leave projects unfinished, or just plain miss deadlines.
Needless to say, those people don't get repeat work from me.
The guys I know in this biz who are consistently successful - and keep growing - are not only talented writers and salespeople...
They also take this business VERY seriously.
They hit deadlines. They study controls. And they work their damn asses off.
If you want to be successful, you've gotta do it too.
The good news is that if you're willing to apply yourself and work hard, the sky's the limit.
Just some thoughts that might help some people.
P.S. By the way... I'm still looking to add to my roster of cubs. If you are interested in doing some work together, PM or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with rates, samples, average turn around time, and a bit about yourself... samples being the major one there.