I have a goal to establish myself as a freelance writer. With a significant freelance income. I’m off to slow start, and with this economy it may stay slow for a while. Thankfully, I have a day job.
So I spend some time most days searching for writing opportunities. There are many out there. I don’t always fit the requirements.
But I stay away from any that make statements like:
– No pay (yet) but you’ll share in profits as our business grows! (Meaning use your time and talents to make MY business grow)
– We can’t pay you, but this is a great opportunity to have others read your work. (Meaning put your stuff out there so others can steal it for free)
– We’ll pay you based on readership. (Meaning don’t expect to make much)
I’ve followed up on a couple of those types of “jobs.” In the early days of the web and writing, I actually was paid repectably for a few articles I had on Themestream. But Themestream (pay per click) couldn’t keep up with that model and eventually folded.
My writing is my work. If I want to give it away from free, I’ve got my own blog. If linking here builds your traffic, and mine, then go for it.
But when I spend my time researching, writing and editing and article, I expect some benefit. Either it’s for a cause or promotion in which I believe. Or it’s for an addition to my bank account, also in which I believe.
Your ability to go to WordPress or Blogspot or a number of other places and set up a free website doesn’t make you an established publisher.
And it doesn’t give you the right to my work.