Commentary / Writing

SOLIDARITY

Whether or not you are a writer, this is relevant.  For the past few months, I have been scouring the internet looking for freelance writing gigs.  The good news is that there’s a plethora of opportunities out there.  The bad news is that they are offering cut-rate wages.

Why should you be as alarmed and angry as I am about this?  Well, for a few reasons:

Writers are often the voice for Freedom of Expression.  If we aren’t paid at a level commensurate with our experience, how can we support ourselves?  If we can’t economically survive by our craft, many will have to choose between our calling and our creditors.  In effect, our voices become silent.  This is a pernicious form of censorship, and ultimately, the citizenry pays the greater price.

Think about this.  The going rates for ghost writing a blog is in the $10-30 range for roughly 500-800 words.  That’s not so bad you think.  Really?  Well, consider this.  For that fee, the writer does all the research, the writing, often the editing as well, and someone else gets the credit and copyright!  Meaning, that these are not writing assignments which lead to other work because if you cannot get attribution, you cannot include these articles in your portfolio.  Getting the picture?

A-A-R-G-H!

A-A-R-G-H!

How about this?  When my fellow writers do accept these miserly assignments, they are not only hurting themselves, they’re harming writers like me who reject this system of slave labor.  In harsher terms, those who are so desperate that they’ll accept ANY pay, also unwittingly, make the same decision for their fellow scribes.  It’s simple supply and demand.

To my fellow scribes, I respectfully say:

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If all writers suddenly said:  “Hell no, we won’t go !”  Third party websites like:  Cloud Crowd, Writer Cash, Academic Experts, etc. would be forced to raise their rates to adequately compensate an author’s level of expertise.  This is the beauty of free trade.

Comments really do ROCK!  What’s your take on this? 

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51 thoughts on “SOLIDARITY

  1. The same rational applies to the music industry. Most clubs have a universal and standard pay schedules no matter how many members in any particular band.

  2. This is so true. Unfortunately, it’s true for editors, too (although not to such a degree). Everyone suffers when standards slip, and I applaud your conviction to not live by others’ low standards.

    • Unfortunately it is. Yes, I know. I was also an editor in Boston with Newsome & Company (closed when Newsome died). Things have really changed with the internet. It’s opened up the field, which is good; however, the influx of amateurs has made it difficult for us professionals to be adequately compensated. Thank you very much for expressing your support, it means the world to me. Peace!

  3. I’ve been looking around a bit lately as well. But I was looking at getting published in a literary journal that pays. Sadly those don’t pay a lot either. 😦

  4. Don’t do it, Sidney, just don’t do it! Help elevate standards for all of us! I am with you on this one….. HELL NO!!!!!!

  5. Totally agree, but I doubt anything less than the Second Coming of Christ, and him projecting a message on the face of the full Moon, saying “Do not accept low payments for your writing!” would prevent people from accepting the status quo. Good on you for your stand, however! 🙂

    • Les. I LOVE you. I’m laughing so hard I can hardly compose this reply. Damn though, I refuse to accept that. I think they just need to be reminded that we are a POWERFUL force, especially when we band together. Anyway, THANKS! 🙂

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  11. Hi Sidney! You had me at Solidarity… this is so great to read, and so true. I am with you… I just wanted to add that I have liked Constant Content because you set your own price. I have found that people are willing to pay for high quality there.

    • Hey, kiddo! It’s so great to see my new friend here! Yeah, baby! We writers need to be cooperative, not destructive! EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Libby! Going to get right on it!!!!!!!!!! Muah! XOXO

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    copyright infringement? My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

    • For reasons I’m sure you’ll understand, I’d rather not answer that directly. Let me say this instead, protecting your work — especially when it’s posted over the internet — is challenging. My best advice is for you to a) screen shot where these violations have occurred, b) inform the violators that they do not have your permission and therefore, must immediately either remove your copy, or give you attribution; and c) contact an attorney who is experienced in copyright law. You may also offer “sharing” and “reflagging” options on your site. That way, people can share your copy without stooping to stealing it. I hope this is helpful. Good luck!

  14. I was reminded of the music industry as I read your blog. Actually, now that I think about it, I can’t think of any industries that don’t underpay (or at least try to). It’s a shame. The art of doing anything seems to be generally undervalued. I like the idea of “Hell no we won’t go” but you know what? There will always be someone willing (but not necessarily able) to do the job at a substantial pay cut and a company throwing out the fishing line to hook them in.

  15. Everything said was actually very reasonable. But, what about this?
    suppose you typed a catchier title? I mean, I
    don’t wish to tell you how to run your blog, however suppose you added a post title to possibly get people’s attention?

    I mean SOLIDARITY | Cinema Profound is kinda plain. You might
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    In my opinion, it might make your posts a little livelier.

  16. Well, I hope so! Haha, I thought I had. “Solidarity” is the post’s title, but thanks for your suggestion, and I will give it some thought. Haha, now I know you didn’t read the article because I do have graphics in it. Thanks anyways, Kristal.

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