|Why I Write for Free|
|February 28, 2013|
A few months ago, I was cogitating on my upcoming appearance as a panelist at IACP where a bunch of us will be talking honestly about making money as food writers and I realized that to be totally honest, I will have to admit that sometimes I write for free. This is what spawned the writing of what is, for me, a very difficult and scary piece at Avidly.
Unless theyíre independently wealthy, I donít believe anyone should work for free. However, I will admit that I have written for free. And I continue to do so somewhat compulsively.
You see, thereís this huge rush that comes with finishing a piece that thrills you to the pit of your writerís core.
Fair Warning: None of what I say here should used by sites or publications who should pay as an excuse to not pay. If you get millions of pageviews and sell ads and are owned by a corporation, you should pay your writers, and shame on you if you donít. All Iím trying to do here is be honest about the reasons why I donít always get paid for what I write.
First off, I donít write for free perpetually. I happily took money for my book, which I would not have written for free, and I continue to write for various paper and online publications for pay. Secondly, I will never write an assigned piece for free.
Starting with basics and the obvious, with a few exceptions, everything I write on my own site is something Iíve written for free, or am republishing from those paying venuesĖ Bay Area Bites, BlogHerĖ for which I write. I donít have ads at Grub Report ó mostly because I find the entire process with brokers and income tax issues to be choked with red tape and confusion ó and I donít take paid endorsements. (Iím not being precious about paid endorsements, Iíve simply never been offered them so I canít say whether Iíd do them or not.)
The other main sticking point in my personal writing-for-free debate is that I donít always consider writing "work."
Sometimes writing just happens...
Read the rest of Why I Write for Free at Avidly.