I hope this doesn’t come across boring, but I’m going to talk about what I do. I’m a freelance writer and/or editor. Since you’re reading me here, you probably already know I’m a writer and I’m not complaining about what I do, or maybe I am. You can be the judge of that.
I’m going to start by saying freelancers are people too. I’m just going to ramble on a bit (Nothing new). Try to be patient and follow me here.
Most of the publications I do freelance work for are just fine, but there are a few who promise payment, then drag their feet when it comes to actually putting a check in the mail. If those publications are wondering why I don’t write for them anymore, that’s the reason. I, like them, like to eat. I can’t buy food on promises.
Freelancers need to promote themselves and that’s part of the reason why this blog is around. People ask me, “How much money do you make on your blog?” While it’s really none of their business, let me just say to them “Very little.” Through some promotional efforts on the sidebar of the blog, it probably keeps my cell phone on but that’s about it. This space is an outlet to create, communicate, again a way to promote, and to get my name out there.
If you’re a freelance person too, you know you have to hustle to make money. You’re at it all the time. It’s almost 24/7. You don’t have time for people who want to play you.
A few months ago, I was approached by a new publication here in the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky area. They liked my work in CityBeat and other publications and wanted me to write for them. Right off the bat, I felt uneasy, but I said, “OK.”
They wanted me to submit some topics I’d be interested in writing about. OK, I did that—came up with five topics. They said my topics were “Great!”
I said, “Pick one.” They came back saying to write whatever I wanted on any of those topics and submit it. They would review it and make a decision if they wanted to use it or not. Again, I said, “OK.”
To make a long story short, I blew it off. They approached me, I didn’t approach them and I’m well known enough (yeah, sorry, it’s kind of true) not to write something on spec.
Here’s another long bit made short. That publication is dying a slow death and they’re not paying their writers. They took their words, used those words and then blew them out—just like I did with them.
Those freelancers were people counting on that money and the people running that publication should be ashamed of themselves for using writers and taking them for granted. I’m just glad I’m old enough and smart enough to pay attention to my gut.
All right, I’m done. Sorry. I’ll try to be more interesting and less “Freelancer” tomorrow.
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