Why Do You Say “Be Careful”? Ask Anne The Pro Writer
byAnne WaymanonMarch 23, 2009
Next to one of the writing ads that asks for samples you had written, “be careful.”
Can I ask why? Are you thinking they would just go ahead and use the samples without giving the writer credit?
Exactly. Now to be clear, I have no indication that any particular ad poster is planning to rip writers off. And asking for a single sample might be okay – sort of like the way magazines do it.
A magazine will often ask for an article on spec; if they like it they’ll pay and publish, if they don’t they simply return it to you.
But I do know of the occasional case where a writer writes several samples, never hears from the prospective employer and later finds those articles published both without credit and without pay. This seems to happen most often when the employer offers two or three bucks for several articles and insists on multiple samples – hence the warning.