international association of professional writers & editors
I was so embarrassed but also super grateful to the writer of that blog, Tamara Gane. Her blog was excellent and if it wasn’t for her, I could have wasted my time on the scam a lot longer. (so kudos to Gane ya’ll!) I followed Gane’s ending blog instructions to cancel my membership and change all related passwords. I couldn’t believe I’d fallen for a scam but I felt Tamara was a smart woman and she’d fallen for it too, so I took comfort in that. Her blog also inspired me to write one of my own so people stay aware of this scam and many more. I’d only wasted $3.75 (enough to buy a Chick-fil-a sandwich but I’ll get over it) It kind of makes me want to laugh the more I think about it. I mean, IAPWE? Dudes, c’mon shorten your name!
I put both in my application and hit send. I felt confident my writing was good enough — especially my short story. I felt so confident that I didn’t go over both of my samples until after I’d already sent them. That was a big mistake! I mean, who doesn’t look over what they’re sending to a potential employer? Apparently, me.
Gosh, isn’t that an impressive name for an organization? It certainly impressed the person who wrote to me to ask about the IAPWE’s reputation.
ParaDon Books, Spammer and Plagiarizer
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After registering, I also received access to the IAPWE’s cloud where they assign writing and editing work. I found the cloud environment and work flow took a little getting used to but it is very efficient. Basically, you get to assign yourself a task and then once you submit it, that same task is made available to an editor to check your work. This results in a pretty speedy process where tasks are completed as fast as possible.
They do ask that you submit a piece within 24 hours from the time that you assign it and that you make sure your work is completely unique and follows best practies as far as content formatting– think subheadings, no huge blocks of text, etc. This is all pretty standard.
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– IAPWE – International Association of Professional Writers and Editors