Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Non Gradus Nihil

An FYI to publishers, established or otherwise, and any budding writer:  there is no such creature as a volunteer writer. While the term “freelance” – used by the most reclusive of the species, in an effort to interact with the fewest humanity has to offer – may connote free labor, it is not the case. Like the taxman, grave digger and private escort, writers like to be paid. Preferably in cold, hard cash. Sort of like a, private escort. (In our own way, we are all whores to the business.)

What is the thinking behind this modest sampling of far too many of these type ads, quite obviously placed by those of the most unscrupulous nature? Not to mention the writer so willing to compromise their craft for so little compensation (i.e. none) ? These are real ads calling for writers:

Conservative Writer/Journalist/Contributor (Freelance Volunteer) 
A soon to be launched conservative online magazine funded by a prominent anonymous donor, is seeking writers...Contributors will be unpaid, however, may be able to gain notoriety in the world of conservative politics...Those writers contributing to the website will be given special consideration for such paid positions in the event such a magazine comes to fruition.

"...funded by a prominent anonymous donor"? Then they can probably afford to pay their writers, pivotal components to anything coming to fruition.

Journalist/Writer (Volunteer)
We are looking for people who are interested in journalism or writing stories for our website and newsletter. You will be required to travel in different communities to obtain community stories...

Required to travel? For no pay? Thanks, but no thanks.

Article Writers Wanted Urgently!!! $1 Per 500 Words
I need articles writers to begin immediate. Rate is 1USD for 500 words and $0.5 for 250 words. Please kindly submit a sample of your work while bidding. this will enable me to judge the quality of your Job. Daily payment. Please Bid if you are capable of delivery 6 articles daily. If you can deliver 10 that will be preferable. Kindly be honest with your bid, no bluffing. Happy Bidding.

$1 Per 300 Words
I need to hire 2 writers to complete 30 articles each in 3 days. 10 articles per day and the project should be completed within 3 days..Articles must be 300+ words. All articles must pass copyscape 100%, be unique and well written.. They must be accepted in If articles do not pass copyscape, are not well written or do not get accepted in ezine, you will not be paid.. Payment will be through paypal only..Payment will be made daily for every 10 articles. Bid with samples or links to your articles in ezine..Thanks

Articles @$3/500 Words Urgent
Minimum 10 articles(500 words) per day i need minimum 4 writers. should be copyscape passed. payment via paypal/GAF (No escrow please) daily payments after review this is an urgent assignment so if you are busy with other assignments, kindly dont bid. articles sholud be copyscape passed and no plagarism should be there. thanks have a nice bidding.

Urgent? Really? From the typos and grammatical errors, apparently they urgently need editors as well. Guess what...I won't be bidding. I'll be busy on other assignments. Ones preferably paying a decent rate.   

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