I put a decent price on the task and list my job.
Immediately I get a ton of applicants. As I look through each one I realize there are lots of smart women from India etc who are willing to work inexpensively. Obviously they have a much better grasp of the English language then I will ever have of theirs. But it is easy to tell from the introductions and samples that there will likely be some issues with the flow of articles. So I have to very carefully read each applicants samples, background and intro. and decide which one I will have to edit the least.
Skimming the samples and reading the intros takes time, but I get it down to two applicants. I have carefully checked the samples to make sure they are original and I hire them both.
I receive the assignment from the first writer, check sections of it and discover that much of it is directly plagerized from a site online. I spend a good amount of time with Odesk online support making sure I handle this correctly. In addition they request I send a copy of what she copied to them etc. And I have to write to her a few times as she keeps writing asking for her final payment.
Next I get the work from writer no. 2. No. 2 sends the documents in formats my computer cannot read. We go back and forth on this till finally I get a document I can open. She did not follow the directions for the assignment and has obviously done 0 research but just quickly written down what is at the top of her head at the moment. Lot's of typos etc.
At this point I could easily have written everything myself and I guess I will be now.
Just wonder what everyone else's experience has been?