As I bring each site online, I expect to start with 10-15 articles of unique content and then approx 1-2 article(s) a week on a long term basis. I am looking for truly unique & valuable content for the site, not just fill. Since this will be an ongoing relationship, I am hoping to develop a relationship with a good copy writer - one that I can count on for consistent production. I hope as time goes on that the consistency of the writer will develop a consistency in the site and would rather not need to change writers after getting the site up.
What would be the best way to evaluate a writer? Purchase an article from everyone advertising on the forums? Would it be bad form to request an article from anyone interested in the position? I would never use the content if the person wasn't selected. Without buying articles from everyone, what is the best way to get a feel for a person's style? Again, since this is going to be an ongoing relationship, I really want to get a feel for the person's writing style, especially about an industry/economy that is in major turmoil. Just because someone can do a great job writing on a variety of subjects and even may have great reviews on the forums, that doesn't mean they can understand and convey that message in my particular niche(s), especially from a SEO standpoint.
I have never hired a content writer, so maybe this isn't as big a deal as I am making it out to be, but am hoping to glean some insight from the very knowledgeable contributors to this great site.
Thanks in advance for any help!