Client requesting full article as sample
Ashley Hudson 5 posts - United States - Joined Jul 10 2012
How do you more experienced writers handle this?
I applied for a fixed price, long-term article writing position yesterday, at a rate of .03 per word (yes, I realize that some see this as "bottom feeder" pay, but I'm comfortable with the rate, and sometimes less, for simple work). The client got back with me today and requested that I write a 500 word article to show my quality and originality. I would, after being hired, write 20-25 articles each month.
I have a few issues with this. 1 - The client is verified and has paid other contractors, but only a total of a couple hundred dollars. 2 - I don't work for free, and don't see a reason that I would need to write a new article of the client's choosing in order to showcase my writing style. 3 - Of 39 applicants, the client is interviewing 20+.
Giving the client the benefit of the doubt is fine and dandy, but I'm not going to work for free. I would like to simply offer a sample that I have already written, or a link to some previously published content, but I'm unsure how to word my response so that it doesn't offend the client, just in case he is actually legitimate.
Any suggestions on carefully wording a response that states that I am interested in continuing the application process, but will not write a free article?
I have worked with clients in the past (here and elsewhere) who requested a sample, and it turned out to be a positive and long-term working relationship, so I'd really like to avoid shooting myself in the foot.
Thanks in advance for your input!
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