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Giving it away

Postby Marty » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:19 am

I don't think this ever made it to the board, I just heard of it a couple of days ago: ... .html?_r=0

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Re: Giving it away

Postby Judd » Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:43 pm

Preach it brother.

This is the same bullshit I hear when asked to donate for a charity.

"Oh, it will give your art GREAT EXPOSURE!!!"

Just recently I was asked to submit an article to an on-line glass magazine. The deadline is December. No pay.
December? Really? My busiest time of the year? When I have zero time, my kiln is hotter than the sun, and I'm trying to be Super Daddy to my kids?

Stick it!

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Re: Giving it away

Postby Morganica » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:51 pm

Perfect. I am, and will always be, a writer. I made my living at writing, and at editing the writing of others, for years. I got out of the business of writing when people started calling it "content" and began selling it by the pound.

Even so, four or five times a year someone contacts me with a terrific offer to "produce content" for them. The deal: I churn out four or five 200-word pieces per week, and they pay me $15 per. If you don't want to do the math, that's 8 cents per word. $75/week.

To put that in perspective: O'Henry wrote a story, "A Municipal Report," about a writer who is offered 8 cents a word, the going 1904, when the average US wage was 22 cents per hour. When I stopped writing freelance, around 2001, I was getting between $2.50 and $3.50/word, depending on the subject matter and article length.

A good article--assuming you research it--takes a day or so. Obviously they don't want GOOD articles, so I could get all I need with an hour of googlespew. Even so, I could make more at McDonalds.

So I tell them "no." ;-)
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Re: Giving it away

Postby Dolores » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:27 am

Judd- Some years ago, I did two tutorials for glass magazines that included hours writing logical instructions as well as hours of staging and editing photos....all for that promised "exposure". Never got one order, student, or new gallery out of that arrangement. To make it even more unpleasant, they started selling one of my tutorials on a CD along with several other artists. Never got anything out of that one either. Please think that "offer" over VERY carefully.

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