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Ripped off by a Brazilian Rabbi: A Note for Beginning Freelancers

I did some work for this man through Odesk in my first year out of college. He was working on a religious weight loss book called The Miracle Diet, and I was trying to pay my rent.

His wife was an alum at my university (Brown University), and I was new to freelancing. I wrote a chapter of his book for him at first, which he paid me for. Then I did approximately 20 hours of work for him editing the rest of his book. And this was heavy copyediting. Most paragraphs required major reworking.

I remained in touch with him throughout the process, and he was happy with the work I did.

Then I didn’t hear from him. For months, I called and messaged him, trying to get in contact. I did not hear back.

After a while, I noticed the book I had worked on available for sale on Amazon. I contacted him again, and he said that he did not end up using the revisions I did, and that he therefore did not owe me any money. Whether he used the revisions I made or not, we still had a written agreement (through Odesk messages) that he would pay me for this work.

I contacted his publisher, Susan Ford Collins, but she did not seem to care. I contacted collections in Florida, where he lives, but beyond that there was not a lot I could do. It wasn’t a ton of money, but it would have paid my rent for a month.

This is a message to beginning freelancers out there: even a rabbi can rip you off. Even someone with a wife who went to your university. This should not come as a surprise. But, I wish someone had reminded me as a young freelancer: do not let people take advantage of you like this man did with me. Write up a contract that both parties sign from the start. Require people to pay at each stage of the process. And if you still get ripped off—-laugh about it?

If this makes you feel annoyed, you could share this post, write a comment to counter the 33 five and four-star reviews, or write a note on his page to let his followers know what kind of a man this rabbi/weight loss guru is.

To those who bought The Miracle Diet: I hope it helped you lose weight! There are certainly some good points in there. I just wish I’d been paid for the work I did as part of the process of creating this book.

Thanks for reading!

https://www.facebook.com/peoplesrabbi

https://www.facebook.com/rabbic?fref=ts

http://www.amazon.com/The-Miracle-Diet-Weight-Health-ebook/dp/B009PRMC96/ref=pd_sim_kstore_15?ie=UTF8&refRID=11077WWRP8JGYWYD8F7X

CATACOMB issue 1 contributor Josh Beran in his element (ie hatted in front of this rug-shade)


uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh:

justinbflowers:

October 4, 2013 - Lincoln, NE

josh mother fuckin beran aka jesus the ram
CATACOMB issue 1 contributor Josh Beran in his element (ie hatted in front of this rug-shade)

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh:

justinbflowers:

October 4, 2013 - Lincoln, NE

josh mother fuckin beran aka jesus the ram

me at the grocery store

me at the grocery store

I had such a wonderful time visiting Rick in his studio and hearing him talk about cognitive dog-tricks and future sentient creations and other things. Fascinating guy. 
http://warholian.com/2014/06/rick-berry-unconscious-creating-in-a-rapidly-evolving-world/

I had such a wonderful time visiting Rick in his studio and hearing him talk about cognitive dog-tricks and future sentient creations and other things. Fascinating guy. 

http://warholian.com/2014/06/rick-berry-unconscious-creating-in-a-rapidly-evolving-world/

My interview with Providence-based poet Amy Pickworth

"…hearing the words and sounds hang in the air helps me come to good edits that I might not have found otherwise. The different ways words rub against each other or sound believable or shift from this idea to the next is important to me."

http://paperdarts.org/blog/2014/6/13/glottal-stops-and-going-full-vida-an-interview-with-amy-pick.html

Lincoln + NY + Bogotá + Seattle + Providence lovechild

Lincoln + NY + Bogotá + Seattle + Providence lovechild

Interview with Illustrator Susanne Lamb for Paper Darts

I interviewed my favorite cat-owner, list-maker, notebook-keeper, and watercolorer-er, Susanne Lamb for Paper Darts Magazine.

on her all-inclusive sketchbook philosophy:
“The sketchbooks end up being more of a diary and series of to-do lists filled with drawings that are tangentially related. I find that doodling in between writing items on a packing list, for example, helps me think of more things to add to the list, and adding things helps me think of things that I want to draw. I also just love having context for my dumb little throw-away sketches, to remember that I drew this flamingo-bear when I was worried that I was not getting enough potassium.”

http://paperdarts.org/blog/2014/5/30/flamingo-bears-cara-cara-oranges-and-lap-cats-interview-with.html

Ripped off by a Brazilian Rabbi: A Note for Beginning Freelancers

I did some work for this man through Odesk in my first year out of college. He was working on a religious weight loss book called The Miracle Diet, and I was trying to pay my rent.

His wife was an alum at my university (Brown University), and I was new to freelancing. I wrote a chapter of his book for him at first, which he paid me for. Then I did approximately 20 hours of work for him editing the rest of his book. And this was heavy copyediting. Most paragraphs required major reworking.

I remained in touch with him throughout the process, and he was happy with the work I did.

Then I didn’t hear from him. For months, I called and messaged him, trying to get in contact. I did not hear back.

After a while, I noticed the book I had worked on available for sale on Amazon. I contacted him again, and he said that he did not end up using the revisions I did, and that he therefore did not owe me any money. Whether he used the revisions I made or not, we still had a written agreement (through Odesk messages) that he would pay me for this work.

I contacted his publisher, Susan Ford Collins, but she did not seem to care. I contacted collections in Florida, where he lives, but beyond that there was not a lot I could do. It wasn’t a ton of money, but it would have paid my rent for a month.

This is a message to beginning freelancers out there: even a rabbi can rip you off. Even someone with a wife who went to your university. This should not come as a surprise. But, I wish someone had reminded me as a young freelancer: do not let people take advantage of you like this man did with me. Write up a contract that both parties sign from the start. Require people to pay at each stage of the process. And if you still get ripped off—-laugh about it?

If this makes you feel annoyed, you could share this post, write a comment to counter the 33 five and four-star reviews, or write a note on his page to let his followers know what kind of a man this rabbi/weight loss guru is.

To those who bought The Miracle Diet: I hope it helped you lose weight! There are certainly some good points in there. I just wish I’d been paid for the work I did as part of the process of creating this book.

Thanks for reading!

https://www.facebook.com/peoplesrabbi

https://www.facebook.com/rabbic?fref=ts

http://www.amazon.com/The-Miracle-Diet-Weight-Health-ebook/dp/B009PRMC96/ref=pd_sim_kstore_15?ie=UTF8&refRID=11077WWRP8JGYWYD8F7X

CATACOMB issue 1 contributor Josh Beran in his element (ie hatted in front of this rug-shade)


uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh:

justinbflowers:

October 4, 2013 - Lincoln, NE

josh mother fuckin beran aka jesus the ram
CATACOMB issue 1 contributor Josh Beran in his element (ie hatted in front of this rug-shade)

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh:

justinbflowers:

October 4, 2013 - Lincoln, NE

josh mother fuckin beran aka jesus the ram

me at the grocery store

me at the grocery store

I had such a wonderful time visiting Rick in his studio and hearing him talk about cognitive dog-tricks and future sentient creations and other things. Fascinating guy. 
http://warholian.com/2014/06/rick-berry-unconscious-creating-in-a-rapidly-evolving-world/

I had such a wonderful time visiting Rick in his studio and hearing him talk about cognitive dog-tricks and future sentient creations and other things. Fascinating guy. 

http://warholian.com/2014/06/rick-berry-unconscious-creating-in-a-rapidly-evolving-world/

LITERARY NEW YORK VERSUS LA: INTERVIEW WITH JOSH RAAB

http://beautifulsavage.com/design/interview-josh-raab-theneweryork-publishing/

My interview with Providence-based poet Amy Pickworth

"…hearing the words and sounds hang in the air helps me come to good edits that I might not have found otherwise. The different ways words rub against each other or sound believable or shift from this idea to the next is important to me."

http://paperdarts.org/blog/2014/6/13/glottal-stops-and-going-full-vida-an-interview-with-amy-pick.html

Lincoln + NY + Bogotá + Seattle + Providence lovechild

Lincoln + NY + Bogotá + Seattle + Providence lovechild

:) :)

:) :)

Interview with Illustrator Susanne Lamb for Paper Darts

I interviewed my favorite cat-owner, list-maker, notebook-keeper, and watercolorer-er, Susanne Lamb for Paper Darts Magazine.

on her all-inclusive sketchbook philosophy:
“The sketchbooks end up being more of a diary and series of to-do lists filled with drawings that are tangentially related. I find that doodling in between writing items on a packing list, for example, helps me think of more things to add to the list, and adding things helps me think of things that I want to draw. I also just love having context for my dumb little throw-away sketches, to remember that I drew this flamingo-bear when I was worried that I was not getting enough potassium.”

http://paperdarts.org/blog/2014/5/30/flamingo-bears-cara-cara-oranges-and-lap-cats-interview-with.html

Ripped off by a Brazilian Rabbi: A Note for Beginning Freelancers
My interview with Providence-based poet Amy Pickworth
Beautiful Savage interview with Daniel Heidkamp
Interview with Illustrator Susanne Lamb for Paper Darts

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