Sunday, October 30, 2011
Survival or Selling Out? Does working cheaply devalue you as a writer?
"I'm taking what they givin' cause I'm working for a livin'."
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
This line from a literary classic, in my opinion, aptly describes today's writing environment.
On one hand, the Internet, Blogging, social media, and historic milestones, has allowed writers of all genres and levels abundant opportunities for pay and exposure. But, conversely, a struggling economy, where clients are perhaps assigning fewer projects, or paying less, has many writers in a pickle of sorts.
For some, this may translate to taking Blogging gigs that pay 10 bucks, or signing on with a less than "desirable" client, or Ghost Writing for bargain-basement rates.
Is it wrong? Or is it smart?
The issue arose for me, when I was doing my typical Blog hopping, and happened upon a post by a prominent author who was on a crusade. She pledged to not take on projects for $15.00 or less, because, in her opinion, it only "begets more low paying work."
And, from her perspective, it devalues the writing profession as a whole.
My position? It all depends on the scope of the project, the time investment, the cause, and one's financial status.
Not to mention, during tough times, some money is better than none. Sometimes.
What's your position? Do you have guidelines that govern how little you'll work for?
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