Custom proposal or generic query?

In the last  two weeks I’ve bid eight times on freelancer.com and elance.com. Six jobs are now closed, one is still open, and another has been awarded. I do not know why those six closed jobs have not been assigned. With such poor results, I have to wonder, is it worth it for me to continue crafting custom proposals? Or would it be more efficient to send a generic proposal, even if it does not address the employer’s particular problems? With a generic proposal I could cover the different freelance sites far more quickly and I would waste much less time pursuing people who don’t bother to respond. Perhaps compromise is the answer. I’ll address the first paragraph toward their needs, then follow on with one or two stock paragraphs on what I do. I’ll post such a letter here when I get it written.

Generic Query Letter

About thomasfarley01

Freelance writer who specializes in history, technology, and human interest stories.
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