A short post this week to address an issue raised by one of my students recently. It was a good question, and it instantly gave me the sense that others may be stuck on the same thing as they begin building their freelance writing portfolios…
“I’ve just started out as a freelance writer and followed the advice in your free eBook and signed up for fivesquid. The trouble is, very few clients are agreeing to me using my work in my writing portfolio – a couple have cited the T&Cs, which say they own all rights to the work. Is there anything I can do about this?”
This is an incredibly relevant question, and one (to my shame) I haven’t addressed anywhere yet! Here’s the answer – I hope it helps, as this is a tricky one…
First of all, if the company is using you as a ‘ghost’ writer then I suppose this makes sense, as they wouldn’t want anybody to know that they didn’t write their own content. For these particular clients, you would need to respect this.
Oh. Dead-end then? Not quite…
One way around this is to ask if you could use a quote as a testimonial on your site instead. You don’t have to say who the client is if they’re not comfortable with it – instead you could say something like:
“Ghost writing client – anonymity always assured” before citing their glowing review of you. I actually did exactly this in the early stages of my writing website (and career).
Do you have a question?
I hope this helps, and thanks to Bec for asking such a pertinent question and bringing it to my attention.
If you have any relevant and/or tricky questions about anything I teach in my freelance writing Udemy course or in blog posts on this very site, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below (or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: “What to do when”).
I’ll then create a series of mini-posts to answer all those burning freelance writing questions gnawing away at that brain of yours.