Should You Write for Free? for Clips? to Showcase Your Talent?Posted: August 29, 2008
You’ve probably seen the sites that advertise for writers to contribute to their magazines or websites, but be warned: often there’s a catch. Many of the advertisers are looking for writers willing to write for free.
One says they’re a good website to develop your online writing presence. Another says, “Unfortunately I cannot pay you but you can use my site to show your talent.”
And this from another: “Pay in monetary terms is non-existent at this point, although I will certainly share if profit becomes a reality!”
In a Writer’s Digest magazine article this month, writer Linda Formichelli spells out the wise course to take for offers like these. In a section called “Red Flags for Writers,” she advises, “Say ‘no thanks’ to the editor who asks you to write for exposure, and use the time saved to pitch paying markets.”
That’s excellent advice.
Linda also advises writers to be wary of startup magazines because you might end up without a check when the publication suddenly folds, or for those who want you to write for clips instead of cash, for those who expect you to write on speculation, and those that pay on publication.
Linda is the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster, and she has an impressive number of freelance magazine credits. Her writing advice is always first-rate. “The Red Flags for Writers” article is in the October 2008 issue of Writer’ Digest, which is on the newsstands now. We could all profit by reading the entire article.
Her website is here if you’d like to learn mow.
© 2008 by Laverne Daley
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