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?
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:
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.
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