I've been offered writing services!

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, October 23, 2007 At 10:37 AM

This morning I received a spam email that had been sent via my website contact form. (If that's not dedication to being a spammer, I don't know what is!) The really funny thing is what the sender was trying to sell me.

The email starts off:

Dear Sir / Madam,

We are a web based service provider for all Journalism related activities. At [removed for publication], we provide on line services for journalism and publishing related activities.

To know more comprehensively about us, please visit us at [removed for publication]

You can count on us for complete and comprehensive services with regard to every aspect of bringing out a publication.

The email goes on to list the company's services. Oddly enough, they sound familiar to the services I offer on the services page of my website! Evidently the sender spammed any website that had something to do with writing, rather than looking for websites where the owner would actually be interested in buying writing services.

While I'm not opposed to "cold-calling" via email now and then, the key to success is emailing companies that might actually require your services. Anything else is just a waste of time.

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Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord Says:  

Yeah, duh! Isn't that such a waste of time and effort? Would a writer ever seriously need writing assistance? Or maybe they just think you're so successful that you'll funnel your overflow their way. Perhaps you should take their spam as a compliment. LOL

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  


I don't know how much of a compliment it is when they started their letter "Dear Sir / Madam." I don't think they were targeting me specifically -- more's the pity. ;o)


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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