This is a topical, and very interesting, article by the fabulous Sue Moorcroft.
£ I write for money.
$ Writing, and all the stuff I do connected with writing (teaching, judging, speaking, appraising) is how I earn my living.
£ But that doesn’t mean that I think that money is the only reason to write. I’m writing this post because I occasionally get asked, ‘Is it OK to write for free?’
$ Sometimes writers write for ‘a byline’ – I’m not keen on the practice because the editor’s usually getting paid. However, the author gets a clippings file out of it, which might help him or her get paying work in the end. If you can see that working for you, then why not?
£ Writers write for connections, too. If they produce something for nothing, possibly the editor will remember once there’s budget to pay writers. I feel that there should always be budget to pay writers, but still …
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