What Does ‘Professional’ Mean To You?

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The closer I look, the more appalled I am at the number of ‘inept’ writers calling themselves ‘professionals’

The word circumstantial misspelled on a piece of paper and circled with a red colored pencil

 

 

I wish I were making this up, I really do.

I wish this were one of those articles where I was just bitching for the sake of bitching, or doing my best to sound like I was an expert in some area I am not.

Background for this rant

I don’t because none of the books or articles I write are graphic in nature or would be benefitted by illustrations. However, I do have an extremely large social media footprint, and almost all of my contacts and connections are either writers or are in the publishing industry in some capacity.

So I put her desire to hire an illustrator for her new children’s book out to my social media universe. As you can imagine, anytime you let it be known you have money to pay for literally any kind of service on social media, people come out of the proverbial woodwork to offer their services. This instance was no exception.

As you can also imagine, some of these responses were much more aesthetically appealing than others in regard to how ‘professional’ they were. But none was more unbelievable than this one:

Redacted screenshot of a badly written twitter request to be hired as an illustrator
Screenshot by author Kurt Dillon

What’s even more troubling to me though is that this is very typical of the people I encounter every day who try to pass themselves off as being ‘professionals.’

Here’s a clue, folks, professionals would NEVER send a sentence like that. They would absolutely DIE before they would ever request to be hired for a multi-thousand dollar job as an illustrator for a children’s book with a sentence like that.

This is the reason why people are hesitant to buy books online or hire writers they don’t know. It’s also why consumers who feel like they’ve been had after buying books on Amazon and other sites and seeing how poorly written they are, demand their money back from the bookseller. It’s also why I believe they are fully justified in doing so.

It goes along with the purpose of my entire series on professional wring and the MasterClass I will be teaching soon on how to become a better writer and sell what you write effectively and efficiently.

My article:

illustrates this point thoroughly. I highly suggest anyone read it before eagerly announcing their professionalism to anyone else.

Now for the sales pitch

Yes, I said the students who are interested — which I select. That’s because it will be a waste of my time and your money if you don’t at least have some rudimentary writing ability.

“I can remove rust and shine brushed nickel, but not even I can polish a turd.” ~ Kurt Dillon

If this sounds like the path you envisioned for your writing career, I can teach you how to master your craft and sell your work to the big boys for up to $2.00 per word instead of on crowdsourced publishing platforms like Medium or Upwork for pennies per thousand clicks or $10 per gig. Stay tuned for my upcoming MasterClass on becoming a wordsmith and honing the craft of and skill of writing.

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3 thoughts on “What Does ‘Professional’ Mean To You?

  1. My spouse and i have been very cheerful when Peter could conclude his investigation using the ideas he gained through your web page. It is now and again perplexing to just always be freely giving information which often many others might have been selling. We really take into account we have got the blog owner to thank for that. Most of the explanations you have made, the straightforward website menu, the relationships you will aid to foster – it’s got most fantastic, and it is making our son in addition to our family understand this subject is exciting, and that’s particularly indispensable. Thank you for all!

    1. Thank you for the extremely kind words. I offer information for free because I believe it helps make people who want to do what I do for a living, decide to do it better–to be the best writers they can be. I believe this increases the overall value of the content they create, whatever that looks like or whatever it might be.

      Thank you again for reading and commenting. I hope you will find more benefit in my future postings as well.
      Best wishes,
      Kurt

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