J.C. Hewitt, a favorite of mine who blogs at PoeWar has an rant he calls Demand Studios is NOT Evil. He starts with “Do you know what I’m sick of reading? I’m sick of reading articles about how freelancers are underpaid.” John then goes on to make a darn good case why we should all stop complaining.
I got to thinking about my early days as a writer. There was no Demand Studios or Associated Content, Helium, or Triond or people paying anything for dozens of 500 – 800 word articles geared to a particular term or series of words. Nor were there websites or blogs or google adsense or ClickBank.
My writing career began just before computers arrived. The ‘net came years later. We were stuck with Writer’s Market and ferreting out possible publication at newsstands and libraries.
The truth is there are many more venues for a new writer to get a byline and/or get paid today. And yes, John’s right, the ‘net means there are many more people out there trying to make some money writing. I don’t want to go back!
Sure it’s discouraging to answer an ad and find you’ll be lucky to make a couple of bucks. But it is a place to start, to start, not to stay.
If you’ve got some talent the more you’ll write and the better your writing will get. As your writing improves you’ll be able to command more pay.
Am I suggesting you write for the low-pay sites? Only if you need a short handful of writing credits – get those and it’s time to move on.
As John points out we get to choose.
You might also want to read the series that started with: Anne To Try Triond, Helium and Associated Content.
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