I Am A Writer This Does Not Mean I Will Write For Free
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I receive that request at least once a week. Now I am not saying that I don’t get excited or honored by these requests…trust me I do. It means to a certain degree that my once sucky writing style has been
globally locally accepted by at least a few blogs and magazines out there. But what I don’t like is the assumption that writing is something that does not require time or effort. I mean people would walk up to you and be like…I have a new magazine, I would like for you to write a weekly column for my magazine. I would require you to write on this topic and that topic, I would need the write ups by Monday so that my editor can get it out by Tuesday, do get back to us when you can begin…and without blinking an eye…walk off. And my mouth will just be open like…wtf (where’s the fufu)…
Honestly, I don’t know about other writers, but It takes me about 3-4 hours to write a good solid article and even longer if it requires research. But magazine owners and editors seem to feel that once they approach a writer the writer should be so honored to write for a magazine, that he leaves all his other things like breathing,
having attempting to have sex, watching TV, driving and others to write for their magazine. And there is always one unique thing about all the offers I get…none of them I repeat none of them mention how they can or will compensate you for your work. Its always write for us…the END.
Like seriously…imagine me writing an email to D’banj and being like…hey D’banj I just started a new record label. The name of the record label is Kokolets Inc, we are currently looking for a few singers to drops lines on some of our hot hot tracks. I would love for you to come to our studio at Iwaya Road, Yaba and drop a few of your rhymes. We love the way you scream kokolets and would love to also have a sample of that done at the recording session. Do get back to us as soon as possible as we have to get our hot tracks out by May 2013…THE END
Now I know I am not D’banj but you have to admit that when you approach a person to work for you and offer no means of compensation or benefits (like above)…then you insult that person. You insult his craft, his education, his everything. You always have to offer something to them.
And for the writers out there for christ-sakes know your worth and let people know the time it takes for you to write the ish[sic] you write. If more writers stop writing for free* and start asking to be compensated for their time, then fewer editors, blog owners and magazine owners will flood my inbox with free writing request. Help save my inbox…tell an editor
to suck it your worth.
NOTE*: When I talk about compensation, I am not only referring to money. It can be exposure and publicity, but the amount of publicity you get has to be worth your effort in writing.
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