Nov 02, 2009 | #1
-Word count matters. Most services offer somewhere between 250-300 words per double-spaced page. That's what you're paying for per page. If you want single-spacing, that's fine--just pay for twice the number of pages (i.e. 1 single-spaced page is the same as two double-spaced pages). This math isn't difficult. Additionally, if your description says you need at least 800 words but you only pay for two pages, you won't be getting 800 words (you would need to order three pages--get it?)
-Include a brief description in the appropriate field Saying "see additional specifications" or "sent via email" causes a lot of annoying downloading just to see if I even WANT your order, when you could just as easily have copy-and-pasted the assignment description into your order form. On the other hand, including page after page of source material in your description, especially before you come to your actual needs in the assignment, is a ridiculous waste of time.
-The number of sources matters If you are ordering a five-page paper, it doesn't need thirty sources. If there is actually a minimum requirement/suggestion, provide it. Otherwise, one source per page is the highest it should ever get (in anything three pages or longer). the case is very different for...
-Annotated bibliographies A lot of the time spent on writing these goes into the research, not the writing, so it is already less cost-effective for writers to take these orders (we're still getting paid for two pages even if it takes an hour to find all of the sources, instead of half-an-hour to write a reaction to a poem. Make it easier by being realistic--do you think you can fit adequate information about twenty sources into two pages? Well, maybe you do since you're having someone else do this for you). Let me tell you, you can't. Three sources per page allows for 100 words (approx.) per source, which is the bare minimum for a proper summary and analysis of most articles. Two per page gets you something more detailed.
This is all I have time for now, but please feel free to ask questions here or provide other suggestions. Freelancewriter, I know you started a similar thread awhile back, and I though it was time for a refresher. Please jump in with anything I've left out.
Also, I realize that many customers are ESL students, which is no problem. But if you can't even speak English well enough to place a coherent order, and to understand basic answers to questions from your writers, you should really consider putting school on hold until you have a better command of the language of instruction.