Are other writers going through a quiet spell too?

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I have had a quiet spell with my writing for the last couple of weeks and want to know if other writers are experiencing the same problem.
I am doing all the same marketing things I do to generate regular work but, for some reason, not a lot is coming through right now.

I await your feedback with anticipation and also welcome ideas for other ways to find good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    I've just launched a new writers website where you can submit articles for sale......just building the number of articles as it is brand new but it's a useful place to get articles listed for sale. I'm just about to launch a major marketing campaign for the site. It's at:

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Thanks for the info Colin. I usually write articles as requested by paying clients but I will consider offering some for your site once it starts growing a bit more.
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    No problem Laurence, the first target is 1000 articles for sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    That is a great goal. Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Nathan251
      You would need to define what a quiet spell means, it's a subjective concept after all.

      It's the nature of the beast that is IM, and by connection content writing that there are busy periods and less busy periods. I wouldn't sweat it - enjoy the time away from the keyboard and soon the emails will be flooding in again.

      One thing I would stress though, is to examine your business model. Are you running around various content mills churning out stuff or are you instead pimping out your writing skills to a few select and loyal clients who know the value of your work and pay you accordingly. The latter, in my opinion, provides a far more reliable and appropriately valued revenue.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Hi Nathan,

    I definitely fall into the latter category. I have never worked for the mills and I prefer working for my own private clients. I do get a lot of work through this forum but I have other sources as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I am also experiencing a dry spell.

    But then again, I haven't been putting a lot of effort into advertising my service.

    Hopefully things will pick up soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
    For many years providing this service, I have noticed that this time of the year has the lowest demand for articles.I don't have any solid proof to back this up but for a about 2-3 consecutive years, I receive fewer requests for articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I looked at May last year and I did much better than I am currently doing this month. Obviously there is still more of the month to go but I hate having not a lot to do because I get bored too easily when that happens for too long.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rufus Steele
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      ............. I hate having not a lot to do because I get bored too easily when that happens for too long.
      Hey Laurence,

      Then why not spend the time till the next job appears writing a bundle of articles on a niche and selling it as a limited number of copies for sale WSO - gives you something to do - potentially gets you some new customers - makes some $$ - you could even run a "BOGOF" to generate further work and customer repeat business.

      Sure beats sitting around getting bored :rolleyes:

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  • Profile picture of the author ilee
    on the other side of the glass, I'm looking for long term native English writers who charge a reasonable price but it seems writers either fall into the very high price and reasonable quality, or dirt cheap and disgusting quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    and that is all a matter of perspective. Some people think $10 is too high and others think $40 is too low. If you do want prices, pm me your requirements.
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    • Profile picture of the author ilee
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      and that is all a matter of perspective. Some people think $10 is too high and others think $40 is too low. If you do want prices, pm me your requirements.
      But then quality is also a matter of perspective. I've spent upwards of $25 on articles from writings touting themselves as "the best". As a person who enjoys reading, there really isn't much difference to some $5 articles I've had written.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    That is also true. I dislike anybody saying they are "the best" because there is always room for improvement because everybody is different.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
    We measure the quality of articles based on a lot of factors. It shouldn't mean an article is in good quality just because it doesn't have any grammar errors. I've read an article with some mishaps but still consider it interesting and I actually learned something.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    @Rufus...what the heck is a BOGOF?
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    • Profile picture of the author RhondaW
      Not Rufus, but I imagine it is Buy One Get One Free

      (Women's shoes are BOGO a lot of the time so it's an acronym I am familiar with )
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Thanks for that Rhonda. Acronyms are different all around the world.

    I find it hard to spend a lot of time on work that may not be profitable because I only have limited time I can work due to health issues. I wish I could push harder and I know I still overdo it at times.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
    Maybe your potential clients are busy trying to get $50 worth of writing for $5 at Fiverr (they'll come around soon enough, once they see the quality.) Or maybe they're just taking a nap. Who knows?

    I go through slow spells also. Writing is not my only source of income, and that helps a lot. But I would suggest that now is the time to find new methods of promoting yourself. Social media, cold-calling local businesses, etc. You never know where you'll dig up some work.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Yes I know that I get inquiries and once they know my prices, they often disappear faster than chocolate cake in a dieter's kitchen.
    A $5 article is generally just that...poor quality, badly spelling and not worth the figurative paper it was "written" on.

    I also do proofreading and research. I am currently doing a research job I only picked up yesterday for one of my regular clients. It's enough for me for 2-3 days but I still want to get more.
    May I ask what ways you market yourself Jon?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
      I mostly stick with online communities like this one, but that's because my other sources of income (also online) mean I don't need to write full-time. But there are definitely other ways to get business coming in that can work very well.
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      • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
        You need another source of income, like writing for Kindle and creating hard copies of your books or writing blogs with Adsense income. It takes time to create a passive income, but then you won't worry so much when you are actively searching for jobs and have a dry spell.
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    • Laurence,


      I'm sure you already tried cold contacting local businesses to offer your writing services, though here are a few ideas that you may have overlooked:

      1. Consistency -- Focus on local businesses with digital products, physical products or services that can be purchased and booked online, via their online order/booking forms. These businesses need to consistently implement online marketing campaigns, in order to supplement their offline advertising plans. Next:

      2. Timeliness -- Zone in on local businesses with newly launched products and services, or promos and discount deals. They most likely prepared significant marketing funds for their new offers, including sufficient online marketing $$$ for their long term campaigns, all to offset their product/service/promo/deal development costs at the soonest (quick RoI), so they can start earning income from their production investments, on top of keeping their marketing campaigns running. Then:

      3. Value Added Proposition -- Zone in further on businesses that have yet to implement an affiliate system into their websites. Offer affiliate system setup services as a freebie that's bundled with your writing services. And, here's the kicker:

      =>> Tell them you can give them a special discounted rate for your writing services and also generate more sales for them by using your own time and resources. This works by following these steps:

      • Sign up as their tier one affiliate;

      • Ask them to include your affiliate product/service links/banners and affiliate referral links/banners in your work when they publish it in their network of sites; and

      • Tell them you'll use your own time and resources to implement your own online and offline marketing campaigns, in order to promote their network of sites where your work is published, so you can earn commissions from direct sales generated by those pages and a percentage from the commissions of your affiliate referrals, all while they get more sales and affiliates.

      I've been doing these things for more than 6 years now. When I was still starting out, these strategies helped me build from scratch my now 6-year old ICT outsourcing company (read: no capital investment other than a couple of computers, a place that also served as our home, my own time and skills) to sign up long term contracts with 11 prominent corporations operating in industries where I have significant knowledge and expertise...

      This in turn allowed me to grow our team, in less than a few months, from 4 work at home moms and dads, including my wife and I, to 140 employees and independent subcontractor service supplier companies combined, now working in my 2 Manila-based head offices and 9 satellite provincial city offices across the country. And:

      I did this a year after I was gunned down twice, which left me totally blind, permanently. I'm still doing these things, with my eyes closed, for more than 9 years now
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  • Profile picture of the author MissHeather
    I have been using Fiverr and Elance, and I have noticed work's been slowing down. In fact, that's why I recently joined Warrior Forum! I am trying new outlets so I can get some ideas - I thought I was missing something. So, glad it's not just me!
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    @Marx,
    I am 90% blind in 1 eye. I know that barely compares to your problem but I can relate in a way. I am impressed with your refusal to let it get you down.
    You certainly have got a strong business going.
    I would be interested to hear more about what you actually do IF you don't mind...maybe via pm or email?
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    • Laurence,

      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      @Marx,
      I am 90% blind in 1 eye. I know that barely compares to your problem but I can relate in a way. I am impressed with your refusal to let it get you down.
      You certainly have got a strong business going.
      I would be interested to hear more about what you actually do IF you don't mind...maybe via pm or email?
      Thank you. Feel free to send me an email here. BTW:

      Do you use a screen magnifier, or perhaps a screen reader? I use JAWS For Windows.
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  • Hi Lauren,

    I can relate. More than likely we all have dry spells from time to time. I know I do. Generally I give it a few days to work itself out, but if it doesn't clear up soon I suggest begin changing things around in your actual physical duties as you do your work in order to shake things up a bit.

    This may be all it takes to get the words and work flowing again. It has worked well for me in days past. Good luck with that, Lauren.
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