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IAPWE is a scam – avoid the “International Association Of Professional Writers And Editors”

IAPWE is the “International Association of Professional Writers and Editors”

Or at least that’s what it calls itself. Sorta like a trade, umm, trade union.

They advertise themselves around the internet as having some interesting work on offer. Like this for example:


Our organization is seeking content writers to create articles and blog posts on a variety of topics.

The rate of pay is $20 per 100 words (this comes out to approximately $100 per article or $50 per hour).

Some topics you may be asked to write about include the following (you can always turn down a topic if you do not feel comfortable writing about it, however if you have experience or expertise in a specific area, please let us know):

By the usual level of these things that’s a damn good pay rate. Actually, it’s close enough to newspaper pay rates for scribbling drivel on the internet. It’s an excellent pay rate.

So, you apply and a week later (a nice touch, don’t seem too eager) an email comes back:

Thank you for submitting your application. Upon further review, we have determined that your sample meets our quality standards and are pleased to inform you that your application has been accepted.

We will ask you to also accept an invitation to our freelancer portal where we will assign writing and editing tasks.

All payments are made through Freelancer, which is a widely-used freelancing platform that is free to join. This will also help you gain experience and positive feedback on your freelancer profile, which will help you in getting hired by other clients on the platform as well.

You may also be interested in our membership. We offer several different membership options, including a free option, that provides lots of helpful resources for our writers and editors. Please keep in mind that we have open enrollment for new members intermittently throughout the year. This opening will be available until the end of this week. We have not had many openings as of late so we do not know when we will be accepting new members again.

To get started, please go to

There’s a time limit to this offer of gainful employment, is there? So, you go to the sign up page:

Basic (FREE)
Includes access to our Resource area, which contains a collection of tools and resources for writers and editors

Oh, so you get to see their “resources” if you sign up. That’s nice.

Professional $19.99/month $4.99/month
Includes everything that comes with the Supporter level
Plus access to our Jobs Board, which contains writing and editing jobs from across over 100 different websites including jobs not posted anywhere else online (updated every week)
Information and updates on problem clients that try to scam freelancers, protecting our members from getting scammed

Oh. You’ve got to pay $60 (but it’s a $240 per year value!) a year to be able to even read the job ads, let alone gain access to that well paid work?

And that access to resources about how not to get scammed as a freelance is a nice touch.

For, of course, the entire thing is a scam to gain those sign up fees.

Just so you know.

5 thoughts on “IAPWE is a scam – avoid the “International Association Of Professional Writers And Editors””

  1. Associations are to professionals what Scientology was to L. Ron Hubbard.

    Just a way to get rich off the gullible.

  2. Yet Another Chris

    If it’s too good to be true then it probably is.

    I’ve sold many articles in my career, but the best I’ve managed is £125 per 1,000 words. Then I discovered that combining original research and writing can meet £1 per word!

  3. Marion Zimmer Bradley: Work through an agent, never through agencies.
    An advice she often repeated ( along with other tidbits) in the editorials of her anthologies about the Art of Saleable Writing.

    Bottomfeeders be bottomfeeding, but using the same bait-and-prey as a dating site, or a dodgy “job billboard [aggregator]” that are a dime a dozen? Or, dare I say it, alluring porn site ( quite a bit more than a dime a dozen…) ?
    Even if the intent is genuine, the execution is… apalling.. Which is predictive for the projected ROI of this particular initiative.

    So… a scam meeting healthy cynical scepticism, I’d say.

  4. Thanks for posting this! I just got that exact email from IAPWE, and that’s when I smelled a rat. Here’s what bothers me: THEY’RE ON LINKEDIN! That’s where I saw the job posting and where I applied, but haven’t signed on. So now what? Do I notify LinkedIn that this is a scam? How can I trust any job I see on LinkedIn after this?
    And it’s not just writing scams that I’ve found. I’m a teacher looking for tutoring work. One of the online tutor sites on LinkedIn describes a very complicated application process, plus you have to have a certain type of computer software that you provide yourself. The pay for that job? $20 per hour.

    Live and learn. From now on, I will go through venues I trust when job hunting.

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